Zombie apocalypse is near: ‘World War Z’ trailer and poster released

March 25, 2013 | 12:22 p.m.

“World War Z” has unveiled a chilling new trailer and movie poster for the zombie apocalypse thriller. Instead of run-of-the-mill images of brain-eating zombies, we see disturbing images of infected, nearly rabid humans, like ants, swarming and surging toward their next feast.

“World War Z,” slated for a June 21 release, is based on author Max Brooks’ bestselling book about a worldwide zombie epidemic. Directed by Oscar nominee Marc Forster, it stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations fact-finder and devoted dad who frantically hopscotches around the world in a desperate bid to determine the origin of the zombie pandemic and save humanity.

Brooks’ book revolves around an interviewer collecting firsthand recollections of what happened when the zombies took over. The film scraps that POV to present a more Hollywood-friendly approach that features nonstop action, though director Forster has promised quieter moments of reflection as well.

As Hero Complex has noted, the production remains a bit of a question mark, as several screenwriters have been brought in to massage the ending, but the early footage looks promising.

Critics are already crawling over these latest releases in much the same way that the trailer and movie poster show people trying to crawl to safety: “Brad Pitt masters his dumbfounded stare for the last ‘World War Z’ trailer” says HitFix.

The rest of us? We’re trying to shake off the heebie-jeebies of watching fast-moving zombies overtaking their prey. Here’s the largely black-and-white movie poster, which uses a splash of blood red to maximum visual impact:

"World War Z" movie poster (Paramount)

“World War Z” movie poster (Paramount)

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11 Responses to Zombie apocalypse is near: ‘World War Z’ trailer and poster released

  1. John says:

    I read the book, and naysayers be damned, this looks good!

    • Isaac says:

      If you think this looks good then you did not read the book.

      • John W. says:

        What, are you eight? I said I read the book, brain trust. So, I read the book. All you crybabies haven't got a clue what a big-budget movie has to do: make money. Period. The book, as written, would only appeal to the super-freak fanboys like you, and so would immediately tank at the box office.

        Why am I trying to explain anything to a child who probably still uses expressions like "neener-neener-neener" and "I know you are, but what am I"?

  2. cmdrysdale says:

    Don't think of it as a film of the book, you'll probably be disappointed. Instead, think of it as a film set in the world of the book and it's much more likely to impress!

    • Isaac says:

      Even if you think of this piece of crap film in that world it still doesnt work, Fast zombies that have an amazing ability to stack cars, themselves to reach unattainable areas is not anywhere in the book. I hope this film bombs.

      • Richard says:

        1st movie is how brad pitt gets through the carnage, second and third he goes around and interviews others and asks how they survived

      • John W. says:

        What an angry little person you are. You're like a petulant child who stomps his feet when he doesn't get his way. Wish a film that employed hundreds of hard working professionals to fail, especially when you've only watched, what, three minutes worth of trailers?

        And you're arguing what a zombie can and can't do? They don't exist, you nit! They are fabricated fantasy characters that a writer can make do anything! A dead thing would be in a constant state of decay, so it couldn't move at all, couldn't hear, couldn't see. It's fantasy — so, take whatever anti-psychotic you've been prescribed and enjoy the show. Wow.

  3. Andrew says:

    I read the book and this does look good. But I'm surprised the producers didn't stay closer to the original material. A studio could have made it into a "mock documentary" about the Great Zombie War, which is basically how the book is structured. The movie could use various actors to tell their stories/roles in the war — and give them an opportunity to, you know, ACT.

    To break up the shots, a director could occasionally use "found footage" and "news reports" to help illustrate the accounts (monologues) as the actors tell them. The final product would be slower paced than this popcorn fun, sure. But I think it would be as scary some of the epsiodes described in the book — if not more. The film would be cheaper to make, too.

    • mary says:

      a mock documentary of this book would be the same as District 9 but with zombies instead of alien creatures. The studio would get ripped for it. I'm assuming since they are not making it appear in the form of a documentary, as it was written, that it is a movie based on the events the book was written about. NOT a movie that follows the book verbatim. I'm not sure why people are upset that it doesn't follow the book, and don't just view it as a movie generalizing the books story.

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  5. Carcotas says:

    At the end of World War Z, just as the credits began rolling, a gentleman, scratch that, an idiot spoke up from the back of the theatre exclaiming, "What? That sucked! The book was nothing like that! Booo!" I'm sure he scurried away back home, logged online, and began tweeting, posting, and blogging, furthering his rant. Much like my response to him at the theatre, I hope he receives silence in return.

    It's true, World War Z is nothing like the book. The book is told from the point of view AFTER the war. It's a "historical," account of what happened during the war. Rather than make a mockumentary with flashbacks, which would have been the wrong decision in my opinion, the filmmakers decided to put us right in the middle of the action.

    When adapting a piece of literature it is impossible to bring every page, every paragraph, every nuance onto the screen. Some have come close depending on the material, but for the most part, they all have to take their own creative licenses. After all, it's called an "adaptation," for a reason, otherwise they would call it a copy or mimic.

    Where World War Z works (that's a mouthful) and where so many others fail is that just because the world slips into total and utter chaos, doesn't mean that governments, military, and law enforcement agencies go away. Quite the opposite. If anything, these scenarios bring out the best of all of them. We see generals, UN delegates, and scientists trying to solve complex issues that they don't know anything about. Rather than going into hiding, they act. Society doesn't crumble. Bands of cannibals and leather strapped gangs don't patrol the streets with necklaces made of teeth. People do what they can to survive, and the higher ups try their best to find a fast and effective solution.

    At first, I thought the movie started too fast. How could something this violent and concentrated go undetected, but after a while I got it. The opening montage of news reports said it all. How many of us listen to everything we hear on the news? Exactly. So much goes undetected while we focus on issues that effect us immediately. It's too late when the virus touches US soil. Not even social media can keep up with it.

    As far as zombie movies go this one is pretty great. Though I think 28 Days Later takes the cake in terms of realism, in-camera effects, and sheer terror, this one holds its own. Brad Pitt plays a former UN investigator who is traveling with his family just as the zombie attack on Philadelphia unfolds. The film goes from 0-60 before you take a sip of your Coke. This is a fast paced, edge of your seat thrill ride led by one of the finest actors of this generation (Pitt's acting ability is far too underrated and lost in the kerfuffle of tabloid news).

    For those of you who stare at the ticket window debating whether or not to see a film in 3D or standard, you might want to spend the extra few dollars to see this one in 3D (I know it's asking a lot, but maybe you can sneak some candy or a bottle of water to offset the concession stand price – deal with it). I tend to air on the side of "screw it, I want to see it in 3D." Now not every movie NEEDS to be seen in 3D, hell there are really only a couple that absolutely have to be seen in all three dimensions (Avatar and maybe Life of Pi), but this one really surprised me. 3D is not about things jumping out at you, but it's about layers. Luckily this film has both. Big chase scenes in Philly, particles floating about in South Korea, and tracking shots in Jerusalem make this one of the 3D events of the year. No exaggeration.

    Like so many other summer blockbusters before it, civilization is on the brink of extinction and only a handful of experts can save us. What World War Z does that so many have failed is give us hope. Hope that humanity won't dissolve into nothingness. In the face of sheer danger these fighters stand tall, take a deep breath, look the enemy in the eye, and say, "No."

    More about the movie you can also find it here http://movieinfodb.com/en/movie/72190/World+War+Z

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