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Watch: First Trailer For 'World War Z' Starring Brad Pitt Comes For Braiiiins

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 8, 2012 6:56 PM
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World War Z, Brad Pitt

Forget the troubled production, forget the rewrites and forget the reshoots. All that matters is what ends up on the big screen, and "World War Z" is ready to show off the goods. But can it escape its very-public problems as it heads toward the finish line?

The first trailer for the Brad Pitt starring film, (very loosely) based on the book by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster is here, but is it the Jason Bourne meets "The Walking Dead" vibe the director and studio were hoping for? Well, it's certainly fast moving and aiming for an epic scope, even if the zombies remain somewhat undefined as a mass of moving CGI.

These zombies are obviously a lot more feral than the slow, plodding ones you usually see on screen, though still different from the "infected" in Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" series.  “They are like predatory animals that can’t control themselves,” Visual effects supervisor John Nelson ("Iron Man") told EW about the undead on this film. Evidently the victims-turned-zombies in this film hew closer to a sci-fi-like transformation rather than supernatural resurrection. “I worked with tigers [while shooting "Gladiator"], and if you watch them when a horse goes by they go batty, even if they know they can’t reach it. When Zs see humans they do same thing, they activate. They launch themselves.”

Co-starring Mirielle Enos, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel and David Morse, the undead arrive on June 21, 2013. [DigitalSpy]

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  • Eeeeew... | November 13, 2012 7:11 PMReply

    Well... I was really looking forward to seeing this movie up until I saw this. The CGI looked pretty bad and what's worse is that the dialog sounded almost as bad as in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from the title and the fact that there were zombies in this movie (Not anything like the zombies in the book) I didn't see much that could be considered to be based off of the novel. Not only will we have waited an additional six months for this to be released, we're probably going to get an over budgeted B movie with a script comparable to what most Film C students would be able to produce. Ah well, I guess most movies that have come out recently have kind of sucked so I shouldn't have had my hopes so high.

  • Pete | November 10, 2012 2:39 AMReply

    The CGI looks terrible, almost as if it were using the same cartoony looking characters from the Left 4 Dead video game. Very unappealing.

  • Seriously? | November 9, 2012 9:43 AMReply

    This looks so boring and the VFX zombies look really budget. No wonder this film has had so many problems if that's the best trailer they can produce. Using similar music/sirens to Inception and Prometheus' trailers has only reenforced how inferior it is.

  • shezhe | November 9, 2012 8:59 AMReply

    awesome trailer.

  • Sean | November 9, 2012 3:39 AMReply

    And my opinions are confirmed with many of the comments below. B Pitt is def miscast here. I just have trouble buying it...Not truthful enough for me. And I think that maybe y the production of the film was so troubled b/c the filmmakers saw that as well (but obvi it was too late).... He most likely did it for the fat paycheck... I dont really see a heart in this film either the family dynamic seems really weak. Im still at a toss up tho so ALL is not lost

  • MAL | November 9, 2012 1:00 PM

    Truthful? It's freakin' zombies forPete's sake! I have read the book and liked (not loved) it. I can see how they would need to adapt it in order to play out some of the grander themes (politics, social values, etc.) and still capture an audience using a leading character thread (in the form of Pitt). Personally, I was impressed at the intensity of the tone and am pretty much sold on it.

  • Xian | November 8, 2012 10:55 PMReply

    Running zombies = the lazy way to generate excitement from the living dead. George A. Romero's rules were followed pretty faithfully by Max Brooks in his two books (Zombie Survival Guide & World War Z), and the Walking Dead's Romeroesque zombies are a serious threat even though they shamble and shuffle rather than sprinting. Though the Walking Dead uses CGI to augment practical effects, they sometimes do have full CGI zombie extras, but they are used sparingly and, within the scope of the show (and basic physics), realistically. I don't see how muddy, blurry (perhaps incomplete) CGIcandy can be effective... Having seen the trailer, the shots of these Plan B zombies (for lack of a better term) look unrealistic as fluid waves of figures run roughshod and wash over what appears to be a bus, run up (what appears to be) a drainpipe and create what amounts to a human ladder to scale up a wall... I'm just not buying the running zombies, but I am thrilled to see the wide scope of the zombie apocalypse they're portraying (always a big fan of early zombie apocalypse scenarios when the shit really hits the fan and the dead overtake humanity because of our lack of cooperation)... the aerial shots look impressive, but again, how much CGIcandy can an audience take before they're numb to it? Lastly, the film is PG-13, and though they'll probably go for the kind of weak R, mostly bloodless violence that films within that rating usually portray, I doubt it will come even close to the kind of gore-filled bloodletting that people witness on AMC... anything less will disappoint fans of the genre.

  • jingmei | November 8, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    What's the point for the bloody visual effect.

  • Jimbob | November 8, 2012 9:43 PMReply

    What city is that opening scene in the trailer? It doesn't look like New York.

  • Jimbob | November 11, 2012 10:43 PM

    Interesting they'd use Glasgow as a double for Philadelphia. It looked odd to me and I don't even live in America. I bet that's distracting in the movie.

  • Jamie | November 9, 2012 3:15 AM

    Not sure about the air shot of the traffic, but the footage of everything going mental at the beginning was shot in Glasgow, Scotland (doubling for Philadelphia).

  • asd | November 8, 2012 9:36 PMReply

    mmm. i dunno.

  • qio | November 8, 2012 9:36 PMReply

    soo good!

  • kitcon | November 8, 2012 9:23 PMReply

    It certainly looks epic and expensive. But Brad looks a bit stiff, far from his best.

  • Steve | November 8, 2012 8:59 PMReply

    Somehow, Sam Worthington should have been in this.
    As a Zombie - or all of them.
    Or, as a DEA Agent.

  • Edward Davis | November 8, 2012 8:48 PMReply

    Looks gritty in the way that real things are stake, but also, pretty generic. The CGI zombies dont belong in the movie they're trying to make. That's the problem.

  • ali | November 8, 2012 8:31 PMReply

    It looks good but Brad seems out of place.

  • Sean | November 9, 2012 6:19 AM

    YES i agree

  • Cribbster | November 8, 2012 7:39 PMReply

    Looks cool. Not perfect, but it doesn't have to be perfect to be cool. Plus, the zombies are CGI for a reason. There's a specific and original idea behind the way they look, and it'd be near-impossible to do it with real people, so, as a viewer, I would tend to give leeway.

  • Duddi | November 8, 2012 7:31 PMReply

    I can say much without seeing the movie first but the trailer doesn't give much !!! Hope this one will turn out good after all that's been through...

  • g | November 8, 2012 7:28 PMReply

    Looks good. CGI doesn't look perfect but they still have time to get it right.

  • Jug | November 8, 2012 7:18 PMReply

    Just because you have music that sounded like a Transformer farted, doesn't make it cool.

  • Alex | November 8, 2012 7:15 PMReply

    Haven't read the book, looks better than average but they could have just cut the trailer well, Brad Pitt's hair looks windswept and full of bounce

  • Niklas | November 8, 2012 7:42 PM

    Go read the book. Haha. You'll see why we are a little disappointed. I'm more optimistic than my fellow Max Brooks fans, but it does look pretty different. I also think that the media is portraying it as something that it isn't, so that's a good thing

  • kat | November 8, 2012 7:07 PMReply

    wow super excited,the purest whining about it not following the book are annoying

  • Glass | November 8, 2012 7:06 PMReply

    So torn... Want to love it, like Brad Pitt, but he seems so out of place here. Maybe he should've just produced?

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