World War Z: First Look - Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, November 9, 2012

Brace yourself for one hell of a gritty vision of a world ravaged by an actual zombie apocalypse in our First Look at World War Z, German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt's live action adaptation of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. 

Earlier this week when we covered Warm Bodies (the upcoming zombie romance film directed by Jonathan Levine), we mentioned how there are two notable zombie films in 2013: One being the light-hearted and quirky Warm Bodies, and the other obvious candidate would have to be World War Z, Marc Forster's live action adaptation of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, author Max Brooks' 2006 acclaimed post-apocalyptic horror novel.

Notable for its unique narrative in the form of a collection of individual accounts, the novel charts a decade-long war between humans and zombies from the perspective of people of varying backgrounds. From these personal accounts, the ever-changing geo-political, religious, and environment elements as a result of the Zombie War are highlighted. 

While it is true that with the involvement of a big-name Hollywood entity the likes of Brad Pitt, we have by now surrendered all hope for a multi-faceted narrative like its source material for the live-action adaptation, we are still rather hopeful for a breakthrough in the survival horror genre with this film. And based on what we just witnessed from the freshly-released first trailer of the film, World War Z certainly does not disappoint. We sensed some pretty deep political undertones as well as some inevitable heart-breaking humanist drama one would expect from a zombie film (with a serious tone, that is), and more importantly, some innovative concept running amok.

In the first trailer for World War Z, we witnessed how the literal waves and waves of zombies running rampage across the cityscape in a form that is almost reminiscent of how the first tsunami wave hit Eastern Japan in the destructive Great East Japan Earthquake back in 2011. Yes, the next evolution in zombie films is a disaster flick. Remember the unspeakable tingling sense of horror back when we first saw running zombies with the raging, splinting infected in Danny Boyle's zombie classic, 28 Days Later? The natural progression for running zombies would be for the hordes of human flesh-hungry undead to be moving in masses of waves for a level of carnage in this scale.

And now, with no further ado, hit the jump for the first trailer of World War Z.

Ahead of the release of the trailer, Paramount has also released the first official image with Brad Pitt right smack in the center of disaster. Hit the jump to check out the first official image along with the first official poster.

Here’s a synopsis for the film:

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, and James Badge Dale, World War Z is currently scheduled to be released on June 21, 2013.


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