This summer there are movies we’re excited about, movies we expect to love, and movies we expect to hate. Marc Forster’s World War Z, however, presents an interesting case. The zombie actioner is big in both scope and scale, but more than anything, it’s been really difficult to get a read on. Sometimes it looks like it could be great; other times not so much. And you can’t help but wonder about the extensive rewrites and reshoots the production endured. Did they only serve to strengthen the film, or was it a desperate attempt to cobble together something out of nothing?
The fact that it retained a prime June 21 release date seems to indicate that the studio has some faith in the film. But these three new TV spots go back to the earlier point. From these short videos, World War Z doesn’t look great, it doesn’t look awful, it’s just kind of there. They’re all similar, full of things you’ve seen before, and don’t offer much in the way of insight.
Although the movie is based on his best-selling book, author Max Brooks called the adaptation World War Z name only, and had no involvement in the process after he sold the rights to star Brad Pitt and company. They made serious changes to the story, which, as it is in the book, is almost unfilmable. The plot follows a United Nations worker named Gerry (Pitt) as he traipses around the globe, a globe fully engulfed in a zombie outbreak, trying to get down to the root cause of the pandemic. All across the world the undead are rising, overrunning entire countries, and generally causing a ruckus.
World War Z also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, and Daniella Kertesz.
What do you think? Are you excited to watch Brad Pitt run from zombies? Do you expect a big old deuce on the floor? Do any of these three commercials make you have to see World War Z?