Release Date: June 21st, 2013
Director: Marc Forster
I am a die-hard zombie fan. Even though there’s nothing inherently scary to me about zombies themselves, I have a deep appreciation for the sub-genre. What attracts me most to zombie fiction is the way it forces us to examine how much of our humanity we would be willing to part with in the event of a real apocalypse. It does this while giving us a tangible monster with which we can mentally measure our fearlessness against.
You put zombies into a movie and you have my ass in a theater seat.
Max Brooks‘ World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is my favorite depiction of zombies in fiction across the board. It’s an incredible read that examines every facet of humanity’s fight against the living dead. From battle fatigued soldiers to families doing the unthinkable to survive, the book takes us through the history of a war that tore at every fabric of our humanity. It achieves its goal without resulting to flashy gimmicks or cliched storytelling.
This week’s trailer tuesday isn’t World War Z. I refuse to call this movie by that title. Nothing in any of the trailers resemble the brilliance of Max Brooks’ work. No one is going to dispute me on that fact. It’s really a shame because World War Z would have made a mind-blowing HBO miniseries akin to Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
This movie is a big budget Hollywood spectacle that looks as if it’s extremely heavy on style with very limited substance. Its troubled production gives it all but a guarantee that this movie will either be a muddled mess of a script, a massive box office failure or (most likely) both.
But, like I said, you put zombies into a movie and you have my ass in a theater seat. You can view the trailer for the movie that Hollywood paid Max Brooks for the title below. Leave a comment with your thoughts on the movie. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like the blog on Facebook, as well.
The featured image for this post is concept art for the movie depicting the Battle of Yonkers. This is what the movie should be.