‘World War Z’ Trailer: Brad Pitt Takes on the Zombpocalypse

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 12th, 2014 at 3:14 am,

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?

The answer (for me, at least) is … somewhat better than the initial trailer preview. In terms of the narrative and characters (which mark a significant departure from those in Brooks’ source material), WWZ still appears to recycle many a standard global disaster movie trope; specifically, many of the same ones that’ve been used throughout director Roland Emmerich’s filmography (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012). Fortunately, there’s more emphasis here on the more grounded action and imagery depicting what an actual global calamity might look like – as opposed to the shots of digitally-rendered zombie masses, which are (hopefully) far from finished at this point in post-production.

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.

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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.


Source: iTunes Movie Trailers, Vulture

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  1. i hate zombie movies, i got nausea when i see a movie like that.. i cannot sleep if i watch that movie, i had nightmares, i am afraid of the dead.. wah!

    • then dont watch them DUH

      • You should have a word with your kids, it looks like they broke your sarcasmeter when they were playing with it.

  2. I don’t mind the PG-13 rating. Walking dead is on Tv and is easily one of the best representations of the genre.

    • TWD would definitely NOT be rated PG-13…

    • i love walking dead man but i think the wwz would be a start of this viral illness.

    • i think the wwz would be a start of this viral illness,i hope it is good or i am going to be pissed.;[

  3. HOTDOG now you know Zombies have gone mainstream and it looks SWEET!!!!!!!!!

  4. well that trailer just sucked all the hope i had for this movie to be anything but another “Zombie Movie Clone”

    Sucks because the book is pure “Gold” Man… waiting for 5 years was a pointless affair it seems… ):

    • The book was AMAMZING

      • AMAMZING, is that something like AMAZING??

        • Oh oh it’s the Internet grammar correcting police. UGH. DAASSS

  5. Woah. They over did this to the MAX. It looks like a bad mix between zombies, 2012, and War of the Worlds.

  6. Woah. They over did this to the MAX. It looks like a bad mix of zombies, 2012, and War of the Worlds.

  7. If we’re all zombie fans, then let’s just hope for the best. If its not great, let’s hope its a step in the right direction. Pitt and money can’t hurt, come on.

    • I have seen plenty of movies where a big star and money destroyed a great story. Case in point? “I Am Legend.” The novella was awesome. The creatures were not Zombies, but for some inexpiable reason they morphed into them for the movie. The main point of the novella was completely lost in the movie.

  8. They still making 28months???

    • From what I understand, there are arguments about the copyrights to the idea and other issues. It is on hold right now. :(

  9. No, no, no. At this point just call it something else and don’t even try to tie it to the book.

    • Brad Pitt’s Super Duper Zombie Mega Throw Down? (Just wondering if Angelina makes a cameo where she adopts an undead child….)

  10. Bad CGI is bad.

  11. All I’m saying is look at budgets for horror movies. Not quite on the same level as those s***** super hero movies they pump out every six weeks or so. We need money thrown at it, and big name actors, r big for a reason. Most of the time antways. This might not b the best zombie movie of all time, just hoping its a step forward.

  12. All I’m saying is look at budgets for horror movies. Not quite on the same level as those nasty super hero movies they pump out every six weeks or so. We need money thrown at it, and big name actors, r big for a reason. Most of the time antways. This might not b the best zombie movie of all time, just hoping its a step forward.

  13. All I’m saying is look at budgets for horror movies. Not quite on the same level as those nasty super hero movies they pump out every six weeks or so. We need money thrown at it, and big name actors, r big for a reason. Most of the time.

  14. I actually agree with many of the naysayers here. Change the title, because this obviously isn’t the book we all know and love. In the transition to the silver screen, they abandoned the one element that separated World War Z from all the other zombie stuff: that it was an oral history, told from the perspectives of everyday people caught in the middle of an unbelievable crisis. This just looks like another run of the mill zombie movie.

  15. I don’t mind a different take or viewpoint into the universe of World War Z, but the trailer shows CG that I find lacking (a flow of zombies like water that look akin to I Am Legend vampires). The cut of the shots and the audio cues are just not appealing, does not create enthusiasm. The movie may be fine but the 1st impression wasn’t for me.

  16. I don’t know about you guys, but this new zombies as ant swarm thingy going on is genuinely terrifying, and looks great to boot! I’m loving it. Come on guys, that HORDE of zombies pushing a bus over like the bugs in Starship Troopers? Slamming into walls and then redirecting like a brainless mass that they are supposed to be? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY f****** MONEY BRAD PITT! I actually think that if zombies existed and could run, it would actually look like that: a brainless mass of beings looking for food. Zombies in past movies don’t really look real cause in the end they’re still actors dressed as zombies. Actors that can get hurt if they tried doing something like that. These look more animalistic and bestial to me, even better than the 28 days later variety IMO.

    • Thank you for agreeing with me.

    • We’re not saying it won’t be a good movie. It just has nothing to do with the book, so why use the same title? The zombies in the book follow the biological physics of slow moving due to necrosis and rigor mortis. Brad Pitt would have gotten much less flak if he just made up a name for the movie. Like “The Curious Legends of Joe Black Fight Club of the Dead”.

      • I agree. And this makes the possibility of a genuinely faithful adaption nil having used the name and partial premise.

  17. Looks like a terrific zombie movie but I’m devastated that it seems to have nothing to do with the brilliant and original book of the same name. How did this happen??? WHO decided to change it into this format?

  18. Those zombies are too damn fast and they seem to be acting more like an army of giant ants. Still a better movie than terror island

  19. Everybody just chill out .. This movie looks good. Stop being so negative … Love the fast moving horde. Just like the remake of dawn of the dead.. That movie rocked… Let us give it chance.. If u r truly a fan of zombies.. Enjoy it. Would like 2 see, j.l. Bourne movie of day by day Armageddon . Great 3 books!!!

  20. wow i cant wait to watch it !!!!!:D

  21. Zx 2

  22. You can have negative emotions about this, it’s a personal choice. I’d ask to reserve taking shots at the film until it’s out for review, but knowing that it departs from the source material is enough to be disheartened about the movie produced, and the trailer can be and is enough to be disappointed in the type of zombie flow used, not expected or not rendered appealingly. People are different and there is a group not pleased, they don’t have to be silenced by those who feel they are, and vice versa.

  23. Tidal waves of CG zombies look ridiculous. I can’t take this movie seriously after seeing that trailer.
    I like how it never outright mentions that zombies are the threats (it’d be hard for a layman to comprehend what that CG exactly what it’s depicting), but in hindsight the trailer is probably just that badly put together.

  24. saw the film last night in austin. it was excellent. 28 Days Later, etc. has nothing on this one. smart film, in an international setting. VERY well done. Walking Dead pales as cheap TV next to this. haters are gonna hate, but this film is going to be huge, not because of cast or subject, but because it is GOOD. the film DID have some major editing before release, and the finished product is as good at it gets. no, it’s not Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, Schindler’s List or Citizen Kane, it’s a dang zombie movie, and better than any “action” movie this year, including Iron Man. if you are on the fence, go see it, and you won’t be sorry.

    • Thank u Marc. I’m going to see this movie no matter what critic say. I ain’t listening to this fools.

  25. I want to see this movie

  26. Hey Folk’s, let’s just take it one step at a time, Ok. I mean we’ve come a long way from the night of the living dead to dawn of the dead, etc…so give the guys with the talents and the big buck cameras a break. Nothing out there seems to be topping the walking dead, and I feel that nothing will. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with adults acting like adults with great plots and scripts to boot.
    I make sure I’m sitting with a big juicy medium rare porterhouse and a few links of Italian sausage right at the very beginning…just to get that good old down home feeling in the gut’s you know.

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