Watch: First Trailer For ‘World War Z’ Starring Brad Pitt Comes For Braiiiins

Watch: First Trailer For 'World War Z' Starring Brad Pitt Comes For Braiiiins

Forget the troubled production, forget the rewrites and forget the reshoots. All that matters is what ends up on the big screen, and “World War Z” is ready to show off the goods. But can it escape its very-public problems as it heads toward the finish line?

The first trailer for the Brad Pitt starring film, (very loosely) based on the book by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster is here, but is it the Jason Bourne meets “The Walking Dead” vibe the director and studio were hoping for? Well, it’s certainly fast moving and aiming for an epic scope, even if the zombies remain somewhat undefined as a mass of moving CGI.

These zombies are obviously a lot more feral than the slow, plodding ones you usually see on screen, though still different from the “infected” in Danny Boyle‘s “28 Days Later” series.  “They are like predatory animals that can’t control themselves,” Visual effects supervisor John Nelson (“Iron Man“) told EW about the undead on this film. Evidently the victims-turned-zombies in this film hew closer to a sci-fi-like transformation rather than supernatural resurrection. “I worked with tigers [while shooting “Gladiator“], and if you watch them when a horse goes by they go batty, even if they know they can’t reach it. When Zs see humans they do same thing, they activate. They launch themselves.”

Co-starring Mirielle Enos, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel and David Morse, the undead arrive on June 21, 2013. [DigitalSpy]

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Eeeeew...

Well… I was really looking forward to seeing this movie up until I saw this. The CGI looked pretty bad and what's worse is that the dialog sounded almost as bad as in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from the title and the fact that there were zombies in this movie (Not anything like the zombies in the book) I didn't see much that could be considered to be based off of the novel. Not only will we have waited an additional six months for this to be released, we're probably going to get an over budgeted B movie with a script comparable to what most Film C students would be able to produce. Ah well, I guess most movies that have come out recently have kind of sucked so I shouldn't have had my hopes so high.

Pete

The CGI looks terrible, almost as if it were using the same cartoony looking characters from the Left 4 Dead video game. Very unappealing.

Seriously?

This looks so boring and the VFX zombies look really budget. No wonder this film has had so many problems if that's the best trailer they can produce. Using similar music/sirens to Inception and Prometheus' trailers has only reenforced how inferior it is.

shezhe

awesome trailer.

Sean

And my opinions are confirmed with many of the comments below. B Pitt is def miscast here. I just have trouble buying it…Not truthful enough for me. And I think that maybe y the production of the film was so troubled b/c the filmmakers saw that as well (but obvi it was too late)…. He most likely did it for the fat paycheck… I dont really see a heart in this film either the family dynamic seems really weak. Im still at a toss up tho so ALL is not lost

Xian

Running zombies = the lazy way to generate excitement from the living dead. George A. Romero's rules were followed pretty faithfully by Max Brooks in his two books (Zombie Survival Guide & World War Z), and the Walking Dead's Romeroesque zombies are a serious threat even though they shamble and shuffle rather than sprinting. Though the Walking Dead uses CGI to augment practical effects, they sometimes do have full CGI zombie extras, but they are used sparingly and, within the scope of the show (and basic physics), realistically. I don't see how muddy, blurry (perhaps incomplete) CGIcandy can be effective… Having seen the trailer, the shots of these Plan B zombies (for lack of a better term) look unrealistic as fluid waves of figures run roughshod and wash over what appears to be a bus, run up (what appears to be) a drainpipe and create what amounts to a human ladder to scale up a wall… I'm just not buying the running zombies, but I am thrilled to see the wide scope of the zombie apocalypse they're portraying (always a big fan of early zombie apocalypse scenarios when the shit really hits the fan and the dead overtake humanity because of our lack of cooperation)… the aerial shots look impressive, but again, how much CGIcandy can an audience take before they're numb to it? Lastly, the film is PG-13, and though they'll probably go for the kind of weak R, mostly bloodless violence that films within that rating usually portray, I doubt it will come even close to the kind of gore-filled bloodletting that people witness on AMC… anything less will disappoint fans of the genre.

jingmei

What's the point for the bloody visual effect.

Jimbob

What city is that opening scene in the trailer? It doesn't look like New York.

asd

mmm. i dunno.

qio

soo good!

kitcon

It certainly looks epic and expensive. But Brad looks a bit stiff, far from his best.

Steve

Somehow, Sam Worthington should have been in this.
As a Zombie – or all of them.
Or, as a DEA Agent.

Edward Davis

Looks gritty in the way that real things are stake, but also, pretty generic. The CGI zombies dont belong in the movie they're trying to make. That's the problem.

ali

It looks good but Brad seems out of place.

Cribbster

Looks cool. Not perfect, but it doesn't have to be perfect to be cool. Plus, the zombies are CGI for a reason. There's a specific and original idea behind the way they look, and it'd be near-impossible to do it with real people, so, as a viewer, I would tend to give leeway.

Duddi

I can say much without seeing the movie first but the trailer doesn't give much !!! Hope this one will turn out good after all that's been through…

g

Looks good. CGI doesn't look perfect but they still have time to get it right.

Jug

Just because you have music that sounded like a Transformer farted, doesn't make it cool.

Alex

Haven't read the book, looks better than average but they could have just cut the trailer well, Brad Pitt's hair looks windswept and full of bounce

kat

wow super excited,the purest whining about it not following the book are annoying

Glass

So torn… Want to love it, like Brad Pitt, but he seems so out of place here. Maybe he should've just produced?

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