‘World War Z’: The Biggest Zombie Movie Ever?

26 Mar 2013

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Mireille Enos (l) and Brad Pitt in 'World War Z' '

"World War Z" has officially declared martial law on Summer 2013, proving that big-budget Hollywood is as interested in zombies as it is in superheroes. And these superfast-multiplying undead are on track to take over the entire planet in a matter of mere days, putting Brad Pitt in perhaps the toughest of all time crunches to save humanity.

"Big" is in fact the key word for the big screen adaptation of Max Brooks' bestselling novel, as director Marc Forster looks to have created an epic action horror film that turns your average zombie flick into a Roland Emmerich-sized disaster movie. The new trailer reveals just how, well, big the film's scope really is -- indeed, there's a lot of "World," "War" and especially "Z" (zombies) going on, reports Movie Talk.

The trailer opens with cute early-morning family shenanigans featuring Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), his wife Karen (Mireille Enos) and their children -- the kind of idyllic moment that usually foreshadows some horrible tragedy. Sure enough, their breakfast table banter is upstaged by the television in the background relaying some mass violence and destruction. It then jumps from the screen and into their own lives in what seems like a matter of seconds.

From there, it's bloody hurlyburly on a global scale as the zombie epidemic threatens to "end life as we know it in 90 days." Like the AMC show "The Walking Dead," "World War Z" tells its story from the point of view of a handful of survivors desperately trying to hold on to their humanity (some trying harder than others). Though, unlike AMC's hit series, this is definitely not an "intimate character drama" -- this is moviemaking on a grand scale, depicting hordes of zombies around every corner.

What's most interesting about the trailer is how different the film looks from the novel. Brooks' book consisted of a series of first-person memoirs that related personal survivor stories about the epidemic, creating a sense of intimacy that actually made it more "Walking Dead" than, say, "The Day After Tomorrow" with zombies. And speaking of "The Day After Tomorrow," Brooks' novel took place after the height of the zombie epidemic, portraying a world that was trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild; the film obviously explores the first wave of the "incident" as humankind is plunged into a senseless living nightmare.

And it's a big, big nightmare.

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