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Zombie Dark Thirty? Watch Brad Pitt Search For A Cure For The Undead In New Trailer For 'World War Z'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
March 23, 2013 11:09 AM
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More so than most summer blockbusters landing this year, "World War Z" has a tough battle in front of it. It might be based on a best-seller and be toplined by megastar Brad Pitt, but it's also a dark, serious PG-13 tentpole that could risk being too terrifying to hit four quadrants, while not having enough gore for the horror fiends. But perhaps more importantly, the film's surfing a wave of bad buzz due to a troubled production that allegedly saw Pitt and director Marc Forster fall out, a delayed release (it was originally set to hit last Christmas), and was apparently troubled enough that it saw the entire third act rewritten and reshot long after production wrapped with a bevy of A-list screenwriters, including Damon Lindelof, Drew Goddard and Christopher McQuarrie brought on with the hope of fixing the problems.

It doesn't help that the trailers so far have been underwhelming, and unfortunately that's not been rectified by a new full trailer that's just hit (via Filmonic). The clip follows a similar pattern to the previous promos, emphasizing Pitt as a family man with lots of shots of his screen wife ("The Killing" 's Mireille Enos) before the zombie mayhem kicks off. From then on, Pitt is brought on by the U.N. to try and find the source, and hopefully, the cure to the outbreak.

The clip plays up the political thriller angle of the film a little more (making it seem strangely like a zombified version of "Zero Dark Thirty"), but there's not actually a lot more new footage, with many of the money shots of previous clips still intact -- and the effects still looking a little rubbery, frankly. There are some new snippets that do bode well -- David Morse, looking like he's having fun as a prisoner who may hold some answers, and what looks to be a terrifying setpiece with the undead managing to get onto a plane on which Pitt is traveling.

But there's still nothing here that makes us feel much more confident about the film. Hopefully the third-act triage has been a success -- we would like the film to work out -- but it still feels like the film's a somewhat dicey proposition. But will that matter, given Pitt's star power and the success of the not dissimilar "I Am Legend" a few years back? We'll find out when the film opens on June 21st.


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6 Comments

  • JD | March 23, 2013 4:01 PMReply

    Apparently I'm in the minority, but I can't wait for it to come out! I'll certainly be there on opening day. The previews looks good to me, not sure what people are complaining about. This and "After Earth" are the two big summer movies I must see on opening day this year.

  • MAL | March 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    I don't know that you're in the minority. It just seems like The Playlist is promoting this movie's failure for some reason. Personally, I think all the trailers, including this latest, look incredible. I was worried at first but I am really looking forward to seeing this. I have read the book and wondered how the filmmakers would adapt it and by everything I've seen, they have done a good job keeping some of the key elements of fear and panic, while changing the elements that would not work for film (interviews in the aftermath, for example).

  • yer | March 23, 2013 1:26 PMReply

    This film looks like such a mess. Pitt was on a great run too..

  • Duddi | March 23, 2013 12:41 PMReply

    Finally some new footage... the Super Bowl ad. was a disappointment, but the new trailer shows a lot of new footage... I'm looking forward to watch this film, but after a streak of great movies i hope that Pitt doesn't disappoint with these "under-fire" production... anyway count me in...

  • Alan B | March 23, 2013 11:35 AMReply

    Some notes: (a) after 'Tree of Life', 'Moneyball' and 'Killing Them Softly', I could so care less about seeing Pitt try to save the world (b) nothing in that trailer indicates that Robert Richardson could have lensed this film (c) Mireille Enos needs to diversify outside the role of the 'weathered wife who watches her husband leave for war' if she is going to have a film career (d) where the hell is Peter Capaldi?

  • chitta | March 23, 2013 12:07 PM

    Can't wait to watch him in tha movie. He is real.

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