November 28, 2012 by Chris Reynolds
If you are a fan of the Walking Dead like me, prepping for the Zombie apocalypse is something that might creep into your head pretty frequently. In World War Z, it is the worst kind of scenario. The Zombies are mean, plentiful, and golly are they fast!
For those of you who may not know, World War Z is based off of a novel written by Max Brooks. The story reads like a series of interviews and first-hand accounts of the zombie war from many different points of view. Check out this great book review written by ChrisBGreen (fellow WordPress blogger) to get a better idea of the novel version and writer Max Brooks.
Instead of many first-hand accounts, this story looks like it will only follow UN employee, Gerry Lane, through his escape from the fray and fight in the war.
At first glance, this film looks reminiscent of the ‘War of the Worlds’ remake smashed together with ‘I am Legend’. Which might not be the worst thing in the world. I mean, when is the last time you saw a tidal wave of zombies crashing down on a building like an undead monsoon? “It’s rainin’ walkers outside Ma!”
In all seriousness though, I think the movie might have more of an impact if it stuck to the original interview style. This method of filming could have had the appearance of an actual documentary like ‘District 9’ but with the hair-raising impact of ‘Paranormal Activity’. Not to mention the inherent sense of awesome you get when you throw zombies into the mix.
Instead, this story looks like that of a man trying to protect his family and nation against an unstoppable and unlikely army. However, if you read the book… I must warn you… Lane is a fairly different kind of character in the movie adaptation. In the book, he is more of a researcher, trying to figure out the pandemic’s effects on the human race. In the film, he seems to be more of a man of action, carrying a gun and marching into the fight on foot, albeit reluctantly so.
Will these changes make for a hindered/more cliché experience? Time will tell.
Until then Future Film fans I want to hear what you have to say. Should the movie have stuck to the real-life documentary approach of the book, or will it benefit from a single strong character protecting his family and the human race? Check out the trailer and let me know below!