Zombies, zombies, zombies!!! They’re everywhere!!!
Are you ready for more?
To be honest, I’ve had my fill of zombies for awhile now. I think the genre peaked for me back with 2009’s Zombieland. I don’t think the genre can be topped after that fun and quirky film. Even critically acclaimed work like The Walking Dead is already struggling to maintain some creativity with the concept. It’s clear we’re getting a bit tapped out here as far as where the zombie genre can go.
But like it or not, 2013 will bring us another high budget zombie flick. This time it’s a film version of the critically acclaimed novel World War Z by Max Brooks. The film was supposed to be the start of a potential franchise based on the series of books. But initial feedback on the project has not been positive. Reports indicate that the movie strays from the original novel and that the first cut of the film was not up to snuff and forced an additional 7 weeks of filming, including a re-write of the third act by screenwriter Drew Goddard, of Cabin in the Woods fame. The re-shoots also forced the release date to be pushed back to 2013.
What we can see from this trailer does look intriguing. Especially the mass of Zombies engulfing a city like an uncontrollable ant infestation. The trailer features clouds of zombies pushing themselves forward in a mass of destruction. As much as I try to buy into it all. The sight of the usually grounded and straight-laced Brad Pitt running from a mob of Zombies is a bit jarring. It also looks more like a traditional natural disaster film than a Zombie flick. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. But to me an important component to a zombie movie is humor. If only to offset the ridiculousness of all of it. This trailer doesn’t feature any humor. It seems to focus mostly on the drama of a potential end of the world event.
Well, we’ll just have to wait and see how this all pans out. Maybe the film can squeeze a bit more of originality from this struggling genre.
World War Z stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale. The film is directed by Marc Foster and is scheduled for release June 21, 2013.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms.
Official Link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/worldwarz/