Football fans will be happy to see the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens tear each other apart during the Super Bowl this weekend, but movie fans will be looking for a different kind of carnage: the zombie invasion of Brad Pitt's World War Z.
Paramount just released a new 30-second trailer for the film to coincide with the big game. The spot doesn't show much that hasn't been seen in previous trailers, focusing primarily on the discovery of the zombie epidemic and highlighting some of the film's bigger action sequences. There is one new piece of action - a terrifying plane crash.
Fans of the original book by Max Brooks have expressed concern over World War Z, worrying that the movie will be an action extravaganza that doesn't capture the social commentary in the book. However, there are several things working in the movie's favor.
The first is its star, Brad Pitt. Among A-List actors, Pitt is one of the best around and has the resume to back it up. The other is its director, Marc Forster. Forster's background includes several successful films, including Monster's Ball, Quantum of Solace, and even the offbeat comedy Stranger Than Fiction. He's an interesting choice to direct the film and could bring a level of depth to the movie that hasn't been seen yet in the trailers.
That being said, World War Z did run into some worrying high-profile rewrites and delays during production - it even had its release date pushed back (three of the reasons we named it a risky box office bet). Needless to say, the movie will be one of the most closely watched of 2013.
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World War Z hits theaters June 21st, 2013.