World War Z officially a train wreck

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by sojourner, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. sojourner

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    Sorry, my search foo wasn't good enough to find the old thread.

    io9.com has the first footage from the movie posted.

    Yep, cgi zombies that run and behave like fluid when in large numbers. This movie is toast.
     
  2. ThunderAeroI

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    You can't have frozen slow zombies in a movie without getting artsy and non actiony, can you.

    Does the movie even follow the book? I dont see how it would be possible as the book doesn't have a single narration other than the guy 'writing' the book.
     
  3. Savage Dragon

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    I keep pronouncing "Z" the Canadian way in my head so hearing it spoken out loud as "Zee" sounds weird to me. I think World War "Zed" sounds better.
     
  4. Bob The Skutter

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    Yeah, "World War Zee" sounds weird. Zed sounds better. I guess the idea is to have a play on "World War Three" though.
     
  5. Temis the Vorta

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    Yeah, it's gotta rhyme with World War Three, otherwise why give it that name to begin with, instead of Zombie War or whatever.
     
  6. Sindatur

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    Yea, I'm good with either Fast Zombies as in Remake Dawn of the Dead or slow ones as in Original Dawn of the Dead, but, the ones in the Trailer appear that they could outrun The Flash, and that's just too much, IMHO.
     
  7. Bob The Skutter

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    Z and 2 being similar shapes and Z standing for Zombie makes sense.
     
  8. Mister Fandango

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    It's less that they're fast and more that they're... organized? I guess is the word I would use. They're moving like a swarm, and even creating a ladder of sorts out of themselves near the end of the trailer.

    It's pretty terrible.
     
  9. Captaindemotion

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    Bottom line is - why pay to see this in the cinema when the incomparable Walking Dead is on tv?
     
  10. Cutter John

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    They could still salvage this thing. Just retitle it "28 Months Later".
     
  11. Reverend

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    To me, the appeal of the book over all the zombie movies to date was that it gave a retrospective overview of the whole thing, without loosing that "in the trenches" aspect that makes things like 'The Walking Dead', 'Night of the Living Dead', '28 Days Later' etc. so engaging.

    This movie should have been every great zombie movie that ever was all rolled into one, but instead it looks like a seriously watered down affair in a similar vein to a Roland Emmerich disaster movie. What a shame.

    On the other hand maybe the story was always too big for a 2 hour movie to do any kind of justice. Perhaps the best format would have been an anthology style mini-series, with the interviewer as the only real constant.
     
  12. Sindatur

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    Step 1 on this road to hell, was dumping JMS' Script because it wasn't commercial enough (IE: Too true to the book)
     
  13. Starbreaker

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    I'll wait for a real trailer before I judge.
     
  14. Sindatur

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    First look, and it's over a minute long, isn't that considered a "Real Trailer" (not meant to be a smart-assed remark, I truly ask out of ignorance, if that's not considered a "Real Trailer"
     
  15. Evil Twin

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    Wow, that's just.... ugh. :brickwall: I think I'll just go and reread the book instead when the movie comes out.
     
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I'm just going to hazard a guess that signing Brad Pitt was what doomed this film. Am I right in thinking that his character does not appear in the novel, and there is no equivalent character who does? They probably rewrote the whole movie just to give him an excuse to be in it - if they took an existing character and cast him in it, he wouldn't have got enough screen time. Can't have Brad Pitt in the movie if he's not the star, can you? (sarcasm)
     
  17. Sindatur

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    Yea, he's the producer, it's his movie, so, yea, I would imagine he tailored it to showcase himself
     
  18. RJDiogenes

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    I hope this doesn't suck. The book was great.

    I completely agree. I've wanted to see something like that since I first saw Dawn of the Dead in 79-- which is exactly why I like WWZ so much.
     
  19. Tiberius

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    Worked just fine for the Borg.
     
  20. Dream

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    World War Z officially a train wreck MONTHS ago. :lol: