World War Z: Final Preview - Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, June 21, 2013

Brace yourself as arguably the most acclaimed depiction of a global war on zombies in fiction comes alive on the big screen courtesy of 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.  The Daily Zombies takes a Final Look at World War Z, easily one of the most anticipated zombie films in years. 




In World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, American author Max Brooks delivered a stunningly comprehensive account of mankind's last stand against the undead. A war against the zombies that lasted for a decade and changed the course of mankind forever. Taking the unique perspective as an interviewer conducting a series of oral interviews with survivors of diverse nationalities, the critically acclaimed 2006 horror novel presented to us a horrific yet realistic take on the zombie sub-genre. Along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series (which we all know by now went on to an unprecedented height as the AMC television series of the same name), World War Z is instrumental in catapulting the zombie sub-genre into the next level in popular culture.

Which explains both our anticipation and cynicism when German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt collaborated to bring us the live action adaptation of the multi-award winning novel, World War Z. 

To be perfectly realistic, we certainly are not hoping for a multi-faceted narrative like its source material that masterfully presented to us the ever-changing geo-political, religious, and environment elements as a result of the Zombie War through the personal accounts of survivors across the world. However, it is precisely the sublime geo-political undertones as well as the global perspective of the narrative that shaped World War Z into the gripping read that is is. As such, it would only be right for the story to at least retain its broad perspectives while going through with the standard issue survivor drama that comes along with the straightforward narration that we come to expect from Hollywood. 

Nonetheless, while we can't say for certain how World War Z would eventually turned out, we do know for a fact that it has shattered all previous records as the zombie film with the highest budget ever. Now tell me that don't an undead smirk across your face. And with a higher budget come higher expectation. In the trailers released thus far for the film adaptation, we noticed how the zombie apocalypse is being presented as a terrifying crisis on a world-ending scale and how the hordes of undead are much like natural disasters the likes of tsunami and typhoon (and looked the part as well). Apart from that, the one crucial element of every self-respecting zombie films, human survivor drama, is also on full display here.

Without a shadow of a doubt, World War Z is easily among the top five most anticipated films of us here at The Daily Zombies, and we opine that the film is one no self-respecting zombie fans can miss.

And now, hit the jump to check out some of the promotional items released thus far by Paramount, starting with the instantly gripping trailers (we are not embedding those plot-revealing featurettes and clips to protect everyone from soul-sucking spoilers).



The first trailer.



And here are the posters released thus far.

Giving us a sense of the scale of the crisis expressed in the title, a set of posters depicting the global impact of the eponymous World War has been released.












And here are an assorted collection of other posters released for the film.


A cheap variation of a poster released earlier (apparently Brad Pitt's back is something so awesome that even the least Photoshop efforts are not required).


The earlier poster as mentioned.



These are the earlier released posters.




Here are some of the official set images released for the film.





























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 has been released and is available at any fine theaters now.



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