We got our first look at the trailer for World War Z earlier this week (based on Max Brooks’ best-selling zombpocalyptic novel). That footage introduced Brad Pitt as a UN worker – who must both protect his family and race against time to stave off a sudden and inexplicable (?) zombie pandemic – while teasing the wreckage wrought by CGI hordes of fast-moving zombies who swarm like rabid ants across cityscapes (and dog-pile alongside barriers erected to protect the uninfected).
Today,we can offer the full-length theatrical promo for WWZ – but does it manage to leave a better, worse, or equal impression as the previously-released 20-30 seconds of footage?
If you’ve been following our coverage of WWZ, then you’re undoubtedly aware of the film’s problems to date – namely, release date delays, a troubling amount of pickup photography, third act rewrites, and continued controversy over changes from Brooks’ original book. Not to mention, fan disgruntlement over the plans for PG-13 Rated zombie violence and (via Vulture) rumors that production proved so rough that Pitt and director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) reached a point where they were no longer on speaking terms.
That’s all to say: at this point, my concern is less about WWZ deviating from the original novel – more about whether or not this film is going to be a good zombie disaster flick on its own terms. It looks to be as impressive in scale and serious in tone as one might hope for – but will that make the cliche narrative aspects more or less easier to swallow? And will the camerawork/editing mark an improvement on those in the (at times) borderline-incoherent Quantum?
We shall find out when World War Z begins on June 21st, 2013.