November 8, 2012 by Devin
The World War Z trailer was released today, and it looks a lot like your average zombie apocalypse movie. Which is a problem. Because the book was not your average zombie apocalypse movie.
Now of course the book was not an average zombie apocalypse movie because it was a book and not a movie, but what I mean by that is that there is a clear type of zombie apocalypse trope evident in movies. The zombies attack, the hero is abruptly ripped out of their normal existence, and the stakes are high because the hero’s family is at stake.
What was great about the book was that while it was a normal zombie apocalypse, it was not a zombie apocalypse movie. It billed itself as an oral account of the apocalypse that not only took itself incredibly seriously, but was also written in such a way that the audience took it seriously. Tone wise, it was probably closer to Contagion than Dawn of the Dead.
To be fair, the movie does look like it will differentiate itself enough from other zombie movies to at least have its own identity. The scale, for one, will be enormous, just like the book, and there looks to be some other plotline involving retrieving something or fighting back.
However, where the book used the huge scale to comment upon the reactions of the world and the way different cultures reacted to crisis, the movie looks like it will use the huge scale to just have bigger action. There is a part in the trailer when zombies are seen turning over a bus or climbing up a wall, and my first thought was, “Why would they do that?” That may seem like a dumb question to ask at a zombie flick, but the book was written for people who ask these questions.
This movie could still be really good, but I doubt it will be good for the same reasons. World War Z the book was great because you could go into it thinking, “Oh look a fun zombie book,” and you would leave feeling a bit scared, a bit optimistic, and a bit more aware of the world around you. World War Z the movie looks like a move you could go into thinking, “Oh look a fun zombie movie,” and leave thinking, “Oh wow, that was a fun zombie movie.”
via Huffington Post