The world has turned to shit. That’s the overriding premise behind the vast majority of apocalyptic zombie movies. At least in that regard, Marc Forster’s upcoming World War Z won’t be much different from its kin. This latest clip from the Brad Pitt vehicle drives home that, in the event of a worldwide pandemic, no place is truly safe.
Set in South Korea, this clip finds Pitt’s character, a UN worker named Gerry Lane, secure in a building with a group of soldiers. In a rare moment where they can breathe, where they can set back and think about it, everyone’s first concern is their people, where the came from, home. They all hurl questions at Gerry about how their particular berg is holding up. The news, however, is not as good as they might hope. The only response to these questions, whether he knows specifics or not, is that nowhere, no place, is any better off than anywhere else.
Loosely based on the best-selling book by Max Brooks, World War Z went through a ton of well-publicized production problems, including multiple rewrites and extensive reshoots, before they finally came up with a cut they liked. It should be interesting to see, especially since, thus far, the initial reaction of people who have seen the finished product has been almost exclusively positive. The story is drastically different from the source material, which takes place after the zombie wars, instead of at the outset, and doesn’t have any characters that continue throughout. More than anything, it feels like a collection of short stories.
World War Z also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Matthew Fox, and opens on June 21.