Video: “World War Z” trailer

posted at 6:01 pm on March 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, what’s missing from this trailer? Hint: It has something to do with the “Z” in the title.

Actually, it makes some sense for this flick to go lighter on close-ups of the undead than standard zombie fare would. The movie’s not really “about” zombies. I haven’t read the novel it’s based on but I know enough about it to know that it’s more a story about international crisis management of a terrible plague than it is about zombies per se, which is true to the genre in one sense and very much a departure from it in another. “The Walking Dead” isn’t really “about” zombies either, unfortunately; it’s a soap opera about how a small group of (boring, unlikable) people cope with the end of the world, which is more or less what all zombie movies are about. “World War Z” is an unusual birds-eye view of how the planet copes with the end of the world. Or at least it’s supposed to be: This trailer feels like a standard, if unusually high-budget, “Brad Pitt saves everyone” action flick with some unspecified epidemic driving the plot. I understand that — if you’ve got a mega A-list star, you make sure the film’s marketing is saturated with him — but AMC’s doing blockbuster ratings week after week with a pretty bad show just because of the irresistible zombie element of the premise. If you’re lucky enough to have the undead as part of your cast, feature them. There’s a market, I promise.

The set piece on the airplane at the end looks neat, though.


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I’m actually surprised that the GOP “autopsy” was adapted for the cinema THIS quickly.

Myron Falwell on March 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

The Walking Dead” isn’t really “about” zombies either, unfortunately; it’s a soap opera about how a small group of (boring, unlikable) people cope with the end of the world, which is more or less what all zombie movies are about.

No, AP, it is NOT about any unnamed blogger…

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Hey, I think I know where the plague of mindless zombies that just want to consume others comes from….so shouldn’t the movie be called World War S(ocialism)

18-1 on March 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Cripes, AP. Give it a rest on TWD hate, eh?

RedNewEnglander on March 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

A-list, mega-blockbuster, multi-million dollar, make-the-movie stars are doing zombie movies? And they say there’s no creative talent in Hollywood.

InterestedObserver on March 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

soap opera about how a small group of (boring, unlikable) people cope with the end of the world

But you keep watching! ;)

kim roy on March 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

There will never be enough zombies per episode to satisfy some people. Last season, they were swarmed four times by zombies. This year, they are living in close proximity of hundreds of them.

Exactly what will satisfy you, AP?

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

No I cannot suspend my disbelief:
TOOL USERS DO NOT LOSE TO NON-TOOL USERS.

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I’m actually surprised that the GOP “autopsy” was adapted for the cinema THIS quickly.

Myron Falwell on March 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

LOL.

portlandon on March 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I don’t believe AP hates it at all. Knowing a few professional writers, they often write provocative columns.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

What are they super Zombies?

What the population of the South? How may people in the South are armed? What the average number of rounds per people armed? How many days before the South is secured?

FYI, LA, Chicago, and NYC are toast. Live in West Virginny.

Oil Can on March 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Is this the movie where Brad Pitt says:

“every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear, dreams take over. But wherever I go, there you are.” ???

keep the change on March 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

OK, that giant wave of people turned to zombies…wouldn’t that be like all the people in a 500 mile radius? Why not just go where all the zombies left and then nuke where they are?

Warner Todd Huston on March 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Zombies are a metaphorical symbolic representation of Gay Marxists. They eat your brains thus converting you to their side. You become a mindless animal driven by insatiable lusts.

SWalker on March 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Yes, but are there gay zombies in the film? And why can’t living people be zombies too?

Dongemaharu on March 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Wait! Let me guess: Brad Pitt survives getting sucked out of flying jet plane.

Am I right?

Captain Kirock on March 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

OT: Remember “Wild Man Dorner”?

The story is back in the news. It seems those who offered to help pay the reward are now parsing their offer, and trying to get out of paying it.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Allah, don’t read the book, do the audiobook. The production of it as a radio drama is outstanding. Sadly it’s abridged but it’s a better experience. They did a unabridged version but that isn’t supposed to be out till the movie gets released

Doctor Zhivago on March 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I don’t know what the movie will be like (and I suspect they’ll ruin it) but the book is absolutely fantastic. Now, I’m not a zombie-phile or anything, but the book was the first time that I’ve been actually been unnerved by the descriptions of the despair, hopelessness, and general terror that a zombie apocalypse would entail. I would even go so far as to say the descriptions were so very real as to be frightening. I will say though that is the movie is half as good as the book then itll be a must see.

volnation on March 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

It looks great!

p0s3r on March 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

No, AP, it is NOT about any unnamed blogger…

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Not as funny as I intended it to be. My apologies, AP.

They are having a 3 season marathon this week. Last season, the second to last episode with Shane going all zombie was exciting – especially when they pulled back and you saw nothing but walkers on the horizon. This time they killed Merle and we know something big is going to happen. I can’t belief the Woodbury crew is stupid to go into the prison where they may be trapped. Sure, they think the Prison crew cleaned the zombies out of the place, but we are missing a couple of hundred of walkers who use to just hang out in the yard. We also know Rick has plenty of grenades. But, I’m sure there is more plus there is Andrea and Milton, the fifth columnist.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

No I cannot suspend my disbelief:
TOOL USERS DO NOT LOSE TO NON-TOOL USERS.

I could see Zombies overrunning places like Europe where there are few weapons, the people live in high density areas, and generally the population is very dependent on the government telling them what to do.

But somewhere like the US? We’d lose a city or two and that would be it.

18-1 on March 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

The Fix:

**************Sweet Meteor of Death (SMOD)********************

Or Not!!

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

The book is amazing.
The movie looks nothing like the book, there is no “family on the run”.
Tool users do lose to the non tool users, that is until the tool users start making the right tools, which is almost too late.
The plague burns like wildfire. It is all explained in great detail in the book, and makes perfect sense.
Read the book!!

redshirt on March 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

To cleanse the palate, what’s missing from this trailer? Hint: It has something to do with the “Z” in the title.
==============================================

Um,

Z-28 Camero!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Buzzkill:

An update from Cyprus:

Latest
21.19 Cyprus Finance Minister Michael Sarris has said uninsured Laika depositors could face an 80pc haircut, and might have to wait up to seven years for a payout.

80%. And you may have to wait 7 years to get the 20% out. In actuality, thats a 100% tax for 7 years.

That place is going to explode.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Sound design sounds like garbage.

tom daschle concerned on March 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Whats the official Zombie position on gay marriage?
I hear Brad Pitt is for gay marriage.
Is this movie some kind of metaphor for the “zombie like” clinging of conservatives to traditional marriage and the “good people” fighting the zombies are for gay marriage? If this isn’t about gay marriage, it should be about gay marriage.

Mimzey on March 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

They have threatened Italy with the same. How come the Italians are running their banks.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

are = aren’t

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

They have threatened Italy with the same. How come the Italians are running their banks.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Because its really happening in Cyprus, and those banks are closed. Italy, Spain, and others have just been ‘threatened’ with similar action if they don’t ‘shape up’, whatever that means.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Because its really happening in Cyprus, and those banks are closed. Italy, Spain, and others have just been ‘threatened’ with similar action if they don’t ‘shape up’, whatever that means.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

One doesn’t have control over whether others “shape up” or not. So, I would grab my money and head for Switzerland if I was Italian.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

This looks fantastic…geez, Allah, you are incorrigible!

ellifint on March 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

It seems fairly obvious that they are avoiding revealing any closeups of the zombies to tease the audience and arouse greater interest.

cynccook on March 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

It seems fairly obvious that they are avoiding revealing any closeups of the zombies to tease the audience and arouse greater interest.

cynccook on March 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

http://goo.gl/B0WN3

Zombieification seems to do something nasty to your eyes – or, on a lot of the photos they are pre CGI editing. It does look like zombies in this flix are as spastic as all other zombies in other flixs.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

They bought the title only. The book is fantastic, but I am afraid the movie will suck. They brought in someone else to do the story. It is nothing like the book. I don’t know why they didn’t buy the book, but Max Brooks only sold the title.

megthered on March 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Looking at the photos fo the WWZ zombies, they look pretty lame. Very old school.

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Seriously, how far would a zombie epidemic get if getting bit is REALLY a requirement? They can’t drive or fly and information about will spread faster than they can. You drop some guy in Bradleys and Abrahams and maybe all those new armored vehicles DHS has with food water and ammo, and you clean them out.

Heck, the entire neighborhood suddenly become zombies in the middle of the night and decide to crash through my front windows, I’m up at the top of my stairs- one approach- just piling up bodies. The range ammo I always have is enough to finish them off- or stack them up so deep, the rest couldn’t navigate. I call the cops to send the dump truck around to pick up all the bodies and go get a beer.

michaelo on March 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

The Zombies represent the gay agenda…

Seven Percent Solution on March 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Tell me this isn’t amateurish: http://www.celebomb.com/data/images/full/2012/11/12/730-wwz.jpg

Blake on March 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

This trailer is better than the first one.

The fast zombie thing is a definite break from the book, but they probably did that to drive the plot along.

In the book, the actual outbreak worldwide doesn’t occur for several months, due to the slow nature of the spread of the disease. Part of the story is how stupid things were ate the beginning, how governments wouldn’t react or did piecemeal, not wanting to confront the obvious.

Of course, the problem with the fast Zeus pushing the plot, everything else will also need to get pushed along to the point it makes little or no sense, ie the military jumping to the rescue or massive military assets being available for use almost immediately when of course the exact opposite is true, stuff like that.

catmman on March 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The Zombies represent the gay agenda…

Seven Percent Solution on March 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

lol!

relentless advancing the agenda of death?

tom daschle concerned on March 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Zombies are a metaphorical symbolic representation of Gay Marxists. They eat your brains thus converting you to their side. You become a mindless animal driven by insatiable lusts.

SWalker on March 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The Zombies represent the gay agenda…

Seven Percent Solution on March 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Slow poke… :P

SWalker on March 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Can wait to hear AP pan the movie and all of it’s shortcomings.

Jackalope on March 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Looking forward to this one, the Israeli soldier scenes alone are worth the price of admission. Heard this might end up being a trilogy, too.

Bishop on March 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I’m glad AP posts previews of current movie releases so I don’t have to suffer through 90 minutes or so of total kee-rap like this.

whatcat on March 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

So many burning questions:

– what zombies crossing borders illegally – will they get free healthcare and in-state tuition?
– can zombies marry each other?
– will their be brain-size restrictions so zombies don’t get fat eating big brains?
-

Midas on March 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

All kidding aside, the ‘human wave’ zombie scenes (like them piling up and scaling the walls) are pretty impressive.

Midas on March 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Oh cool! A serious docudrama about the rise of Progressivism!

squint on March 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Read the book, its actually pretty good. This movie has absolutely NO resemblance to the book at all, which is a series of short stories about regular people (and a soldier) that faced WWZ.

Its full of some interesting characters, though the parts that deal with politics are thinly veiled attacks by Brooks (one story has a Karl Rove like character shoveling dirt in the post-apoc world, because he isn’t good for anything else).

ShadowsPawn on March 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

OK, zombies are climbing walls, WHY? Are they organized? I thought most zombies were kind of anarchistic, just wandering around on their own with no larger organizing principle.

Any way rather than a helicopter machine gunning zombies, might I humbly sugggest:
1) Pouring motor oil down the pipe/seam they are climbing: and
2) Burning gasoline?

Just looking at the situation, fire could be useful here…normally burning zombies are NOT what you want, but in this case, that rule doesn’t really apply.

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Zombies is a numbers game.

There are over 6 billion people on the planet. 310 million or so in the US alone.

Depending on the how the disease spreads, how fact it infects and turns those exposed…

New York City has over ten million people in it. If the virus spreads as fast as the trailers in this particular movie show, there is no amount of ammo, no amount of gasoline, that you’ll be able to bring to bare to stop it.

catmman on March 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

The book was great. I read it at least twice.
Can’t wait to see the movie. I don’t like fast zombies, but, meh, you can’t always get what you want.

BTW, stop with the zombies eating brains stuff. Sure they’ll eat a brain, but it’s not like some special treat or anything. They eat any living human flesh, not just brains.
WTF is wrong with you people?

justltl on March 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

If the virus spreads as fast as the trailers in this particular movie show, there is no amount of ammo, no amount of gasoline, that you’ll be able to bring to bare to stop it.

Lord Kitchener from the Battle of Omdurman would like to speak to you, when 20,000 people with swords attacked a few thousand with rifles, Maxim guns, and breech loading artillery….Brit’s lost fewer than 20 KIA…..

TOOL USERS v. Non_TOOL USERS…….

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

These zombies appear to be acting more like a hive than the traditional zombies that just wander about and yearn for brains to eat.

So yeah, its a movie about democrats..

ShadowsPawn on March 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Lord Kitchener from the Battle of Omdurman would like to speak to you, when 20,000 people with swords attacked a few thousand with rifles, Maxim guns, and breech loading artillery….Brit’s lost fewer than 20 KIA…..

TOOL USERS v. Non_TOOL USERS…….

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

In the book, the U.S. eventually forms military units that are capable of taking on the hordes, no matter what their size. They use a specialized tool for close combat called “The Lobo” (lobotomizer), basically a crescent moon shaped blade on the end of a wooden shaft.

The initial fight where the military brings all of its strength to bear against the horde, is an utter failure, as their tactics and ordinance are configured for fighting a normal foe. Like I said, read the book, its well worth it.

ShadowsPawn on March 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Yeah, I don’t get the big deal with the zombie craze either. But c’mon AP; you watch a lot of MSNBC too, and it’s all pretty much the same thing.

dissent555 on March 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Without the Brad Pitt.

dissent555 on March 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

In the book (of course we’re talking fiction here) the Army made a stand in Yonkers to take on the New York City horde.

They had air support, artillery, armor, infantry, communications, a free supply line and trained motivated forces.

Ultimately, none of it mattered. The forces were facing millions of an enemy not deterred by weapons, immune to most effects of those weapons, immune to fatigue, immune to hunger, immune to fear, simply bent on feeding.

Motivation didn’t matter. There is no ideology they fight for.

The same can be said of the Brits at Rorkes Drift or numerous other places and times through out history. That being said, there are entry of examples throughout history of the opposite as well, so…

catmman on March 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Nothing personal but no way a mechanized task force loses to zombies….IF you have armour, IFV’s, mortars, artillery, attack helicopters, & fast movers you win…and you sure don’t win a man-to-man fight with a spear…..

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

They use a specialized tool for close combat called “The Lobo” (lobotomizer), basically a crescent moon shaped blade on the end of a wooden shaft.

Because having to be within 2-3 metres of your foes and using a device that wears you out, is INFINITELY preferable to slug throwers that can damage you opponent at hundreds of metres and really only wear out your finger….

As I say, I’m not nerdish enough to be able to suspend my disbelief enough…I’m the guy who played D&D maneuvering his Characters in the Rifle Section Wedge, with the Magic User in the role of the 40mm Grenadier….

I might add IF NYC is over-run with MILLIONS of zombies, I’m thinking, in the words of Hammer’s Slammers, “Red Pill Target.”

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Nothing personal but no way a mechanized task force loses to zombies….IF you have armour, IFV’s, mortars, artillery, attack helicopters, & fast movers you win…and you sure don’t win a man-to-man fight with a spear…..

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Not only that, but they don’t seem to be real good a simple running. I never saw a zombie run good..they just sort of schlep along grunting. And they never look back. You could sneak up on them and smack them with a pipe pretty easy.

Mimzey on March 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

There’s a reason that a land war in Asia is a bad idea.

Korea exposed pretty brilliantly how an enemy with nothing much more than superior numbers can overwhelm a well supplied and modernly armed and equipped enemy.

catmman on March 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Korea exposed pretty brilliantly how an enemy with nothing much more than superior numbers can overwhelm a well supplied and modernly armed and equipped enemy.

catmman on March 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

It demonstrated that without airpower and armour and the Combined Arms Team, a Light Infantry Force cannot WIN a Conventional War….The BEST the Chinese “Horde” which really wasn’t that hordish could do was stalemate the UN Forces. It could not defeat them in open battle.

And note they were tool users, had lots of 37mm AAA and 12 cm mortars….

JFKY on March 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

a hundred bucks says that Hollyweird finds some way to blame the Zombie apocalypse on Republicans….any takers?

(And for all the military discussion on here…part of the point of why Zombies are so hard to deal with… nearly ALL conventional methods fail miserably. Like Barbarosa said “Nothin’ rattles a man more than when you stand your ground. When you should be running like a spotted-ass ape.” The only thing I find more ridiculous than the premise of ‘The Walking Dead’, is how many moving head-shots they pull of in that show. )

a5minmajor on March 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Lots of production issues with this movie:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/brad-pitt-world-war-z-production-nightmare-336422

There’s still time to read the book or listen to the audio version which is available (in several parts) on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaMrd08cQ1A&list=PL7XVqSUyOQW1JfIi77roAb7N-j2fFC9Kx

But even if it’s a bomb, I’m still planning to see it. With the end of TWD Season 3 next week, I’ll be craving some zombie action by the time the movie comes out.

SheVee on March 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Dont disagree with any particular point JKNY.

It’s just a book/movie after all… :)

catmman on March 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Doesn’t look anything like the book unfortunately :/

Ukiah on March 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Why not just go where all the zombies left and then nuke where they are?

Warner Todd Huston on March 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Why use nukes? Entice the zombie hordes to a central location and use a MOAB.

Of course, zombies are the main reason we should have kept napalm in the inventory.

Solaratov on March 26, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I never got a chance to see the first season of The Walking Dead until last night. Rick’s wife is a horrible character. Almost a deal-breaker for me.

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I did read Max Brooks Zombie Defense Guide and World War Z, I’ve been a horror fan since childhood and was a Romero fan from the time I snuck into NoTLD as a little kid, not so much any more, his last 3 attempts in the LD series have been puling.

Brooks’ WWZ, if done properly would have been immensely enjoyable for a fan of the genre. What Pitt has done, however has been to essentially rip the project off, as a vehicle for keeping his flagging career “relevant”. Yeah, there are genre fans who will pay to see anything and bray like fools, when they were actually cheated cos the film, etc.. they pay to see wasn’t really worth it.

Look at the cgi scenes of zombie swarms, you see them speed racing, jumping over each other… that is not what was depicted in the novel. What made zombies scary, despite their slower pace, was the inevitability, once their victims were caught by their own ineptness, their own foolhardiness, or merely because when there’s too much of them, their lack of speed means nothing. In WWZ, it was the slow, massive tide, as the reporter, traveling the globe to investigate the phenomenon, is told about by those he interviews, and even witnesses himself. His travels aren’t during the outbreak, but after months, perhaps even longer.. perhaps it just felt that way but it wasn’t what we’re seeing in this farce. There is no reporter’s family introduced. What we’re seeing is Pitt appropriating premises from I Am Legend, so more of the audience’s attention is focused on him, rather than the epic tale the reporter, who is really only supposed to be a glorified narrator of sorts.

All the reviews I’ve read have trashed the film, in fact the investors or film company have forced a re-filming of quite a bit of the film because it did poorly in test screenings. I won’t be paying to see this, it’s not worth my money.

Ceolas on March 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I was hoping you would put something up about Sunday nights show of TWD, cause I thought it was great :) I’ll prolly go see WWZ even though I know it doesn’t follow the book at all. My gamer friends are in an outrage, but then, they were in an outrage over Prometheus, and I loved it.

nwpammy on March 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

“The Walking Dead” isn’t really “about” zombies either, unfortunately; it’s a soap opera about how a small group of (boring, unlikable) people cope with the end of the world

Oh geeze, why all the hating on Walking Dead? Totally unnecessary cheap shots, and on a page about some movie not Walking Dead.

I don’t find all the characters on Walking Dead boring or unlikable, nor does it bother me that the show focuses on how the living humans survive among zombies and bad people.

TigerPaw on March 27, 2013 at 3:11 AM

What Ceolas said. The book is about a reporter compiling a report for the UN years after the events of ‘World War Z’. It’s told in a series of ‘flashbacks’ as told to the reporter by those who witnessed it, with commentary from the reporter on what he sees of the areas he’s in. Some of the stories were terrifying, some humorous, some down right depressing. Like the woman talking about the rumors of cannibalism in the refugee camp she was in as a child, and how her father left to get them food, never to return; of how her mom was crying as they ate the meat they had for dinner that night. It’s actually a pretty good book.

This…movie…on the other hand… Yeah. It has NOTHING to do with the book except the title. It’s a combination of “I am Legend” and ‘Outbreak’, and looks to be standard Hollywood boiler plate. Ie, not worth the admission fee.

wolfva on March 27, 2013 at 5:57 AM