‘World War Z’ Trailer And Speculation
Great book. Hopefully, also a great movie.
First off, let me begin by sharing a piece of information that made my morning, dear readers. Max Brooks, author of “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “World War Z” is the son of one of my favorite actors/writers/producers–Mel Brooks.
That’s right. The man behind “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “The Producers,” “History of the World: Part 1,” “Spaceballs” and many other amazing films, had a son who wrote a couple of best-selling books about zombies. True, Mel doesn’t have anything to do with the movie version of “World War Z,” but the fact that he’s Max’s dad fascinated me. On to the trailer.
Like my previous trailer speculation articles, I’m going to be looking at one particular trailer for this movie. From it, I’m going to make guesses on what I think is going to happen in the film. Unlike previous articles, however, this movie is based off of a book, and that’s a book I’ve already read. (I mentioned it in my “10 Books You Need To Read This Summer” article, in fact.) That being said, I’m pretty sure the movie and book are going to have several major differences, and if you’ve read the novel, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, allow me to explain.
First off, watch the trailer above if you haven’t done so already. We start off with a nice, happy family. Brad Pitt plays the dad, and we have his wife and two adorable little girls. We realize scatological matter is about to hit the fan (if we didn’t know it already on attending a movie about the zombie apocalypse) when one of his daughters, hearing the term on the TV, asks, “Daddy, what’s martial law?” Uh-oh. The deep drum sound and cut to black right after that question don’t bode well.
Then jets are dropping bombs on the city. As you’d expect, this prompts the nearby street full of parked New Yorkers to leave their cars and start running away from the explosions. Cut to the Pitt family in a quiet stairwell. Too quiet… “How do we know they’re coming?” asks Pitt’s wife. “They’re coming,” Brad says. When I first heard the line, I thought the wife was asking about the zombies. “How do we know they’re going to come for us?” I thought she was asking, interpreting her statement as one signifying that she hoped they were blowing the whole situation out of proportion. “Surely it’d be safer to stay where we are,” I thought she meant, but what happens next quickly disabused me of that notion.
The Pitt family bursts through the door and onto the roof. A helicopter with armed people in it hovers nearby, and Pitt yells at his family to run to the copter as he holds the door against the force of zombie limbs. His family safe, he runs to the chopper, several of the undead hot on his heels. A soldier pulls him in just as the dead-heads leap for him, and the brain-munchers drop to their deaths (re-deaths? un-deaths?) many stories below. Phew.
I thought that scene was great (and there’s another one like it later on in the trailer that I like for the same reason) because it makes it clear in the minds of those who see it that these zombies aren’t like the ones from “Night of the Living Dead” or “Dead Rising.” These aren’t slow shambling monsters. They’re fast. They’re like the ones from “28 Days Later,” except you can’t wait these ones out. These zombies will not starve. They will not bleed out. They’ll just keep coming, forever, and ever, and ever… So watching them pursue Pitt over the edge of that building, so intent on sinking their broken teeth into his flesh that they don’t even notice their oncoming doom really brings it home to the audience what a danger they are.
In Max Brooks’ book, “The Zombie Survival Guide,” he describes zombies like this:
Gives me the shivers every time I read it. And it looks like the movie version of Brooks’ zombies fit that description. but back to the trailer.
The Pitt family temporarily out of danger, they fly back to one of the last bastions of humanity, and definitely of America: an aircraft carrier.
There, they’ll be safe. Zombies can walk along the bottom of the ocean, sure, but they can’t swim. Unless somebody on-board is infected, they should be able to ride this thing out (provided they have the supplies, of course). But what about the rest of the planet? “Is this thing world-wide?” Pitt asks. “Is anyone doing better than we are?” A guy in fatigues then tells us, “We’ve lost the East Coast. Moscow has gone dark. Life as we know it, will come to an end in ninety days.”