And here it is, with thoughts after the jump.
I am a huge fan of Max Brooks’ book “World War Z,” so when I heard it was being made into a movie trilogy, I instantly became excited. But then the production on the first installment hit snags. First with the script then budget then more script issues and, uh oh, I knew something was rotten.
This trailer kind of confirms it. I’ll still see this movie because it has zombies in it, but if the trailer is a good representation of it, then I won’t like it. Here’s why:
- The book is the best zombie-themed horror ever written. It’s told in interview narrative, where we hear the tales of various situations and survivors of World War Z, also known as the zombie apocalypse. This gives us various characters to get to know, and it gives us unique looks at the situation and how it was dealt with from various points of view within context of the book’s themes. The movie looks like it’s going to be one-part “2012″ with one-part “I Am Legend” with eight parts horrible CGI. The focus of the book was the survivors and their stories, and it doesn’t look like we’ll get that with the movie.
- Zombies shouldn’t run because it doesn’t make sense, physiologically speaking. They’re rotting flesh and muscle and bone, not athletes. So watching this trailer made me cringe because the zombies are not only running, but they’re jumping and climbing over one another, creating a zombie mudslide. It looks silly and the idea of it is absurd. Plus, running zombies would completely destroy all of us. Zombies do not tire and they’re ever persistent, which is why they’re terrifying. They don’t feel pain and can only be stopped by destroying the brain. The zombie in and of itself is a scary thing. Running zombies is just overkill.
- The single hero idea is exactly what I didn’t want in this movie. Brad Pitt is cool, I like Pitt, but I wanted him to be the interviewer who meets with survivors and tells us their stories, rather than being the focus of the movie.
- The effects look bad, but it is just a trailer, and the movie is months away from release, so my opinion on it might change.
My excitement level has dropped considerably for “World War Z.”