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It's the Booze Talkin': Who's down with World War Z (yeah you know me!)

Nov. 20, 2012by: Ammon Gilbert

A few years back, the hottest book out there for zombie enthusiasts was a little ditty called WORLD WAR Z by author Max Brooks (son of Mel). Seriously, this book was everywhere! It was the number one gift to give and receive over the holidays, and everyone seemed to be in absolute love of this “Oral History of the Zombie War”. I was one of many who received it for Christmas that year and after reading it, I quickly realized I was in the minority: I could not get behind the book, and after plowing through maybe half of it, I shelved it completely. I tried again about a year later, but still no dice—just plain didn’t like that. But when the movie was announced I was curious as to how they would pull it off, and now that the trailer is here, I gotta admit… WORLD WAR Z looks pretty effin’ awesome!

The film features megastar Brad Pitt and his family (wife is the chick from THE KILLING), and in the trailer we get all sorts of crazy awesomeness: hordes of running, fuming, killing zombies! Pitt f*cking shit up and saving the day! explosions! a scale that becomes more epic by the moment! And after 2 minutes of sheer ballsiness, we come to find out we’re a full 7 months away from its release. Holy shitballs. What else will this movie has instore for us?

Some people are complaining that it looks like TRANSFORMERS meets I AM LEGEND meet every other big budget blockbuster extravaganza. And to that, I say, you’re right… but with zombies. And it’s that zombie factor that makes this so incredibly awesome. I’m digging the route they seem to be going after here, as it appears as though we’ll be hanging with and following Pitt’s character during the whole thing. I like that! Because one of the main reasons why I didn’t like the book all that much was there were too many different characters telling their stories about the war. And just when you feel like you’ve gotten to know them… BAM! that story is over, and you’re onto the next with new people to get to know. This may work for other stories, but for me, I didn’t like it. I was worried the movie was going to go that way as well, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. So I’m in!

It’s not all boobies and beer though; there were some parts of the trailer that weren’t awesome at all. Like, they never mention once that the horde of crazy f*ckers are zombies. For those who know the book, it’s obvious… but for those who don’t know the book, I can only imagine the confusion going on. All they had to include was some military doctor saying “they’re not human anymore, no… they’re zombies!” and then the whole trailer would have made a whole helluva lot more sense. Which is also my next big issue: the zombies themselves. Way too CGIy for me. In that regard, they look as fake as the vamp creatures in I AM LEGEND did. I like the swarm effect and the flow of faceless people by the thousands, but it just looks too damn fake. But then I remember there is still 7 months between now and the film’s release, so there should be plenty of time for them to fix it up and make it look 100% stunning.

Speaking of trailers, I’m gonna sidetrack just for a second to talk about two recently released horror trailers that had me fifin’ all over the place. First up, the red band trailer for THE EVIL DEAD remake. I was as skeptical as the next guy about this project, but if the trailer did anything, it was to prove me wrong. Holy f*ck, this movie looks amazingly awesome. Epic gore galore, spooky atmosphere, similar scenes as the first but not entirely, and pretty dope special effects—coupled with an awesome soundtrack and you have yourself one of the only trailers I’ve seen this year that actually gave me goosebumps—and made me have to watch it like 5 times in a row afterwards. The other trailer, the remake of CARRIE. Again, not really onboard with this one, but the teaser trailer appeared to show us a scene that was in King’s book but not in De Palma’s film version, which has me excited for this one as well. I love King’s book, and while most was touched in the original film, there was still a bit left out. Let’s hope they produce the definitive adaptation with this one.

Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but the trailer for WORLD WAR Z (and THE EVIL DEAD and CARRIE) have me super excited for the 2013 movie season. I can’t wait to see Brad Pitt battle unstoppable hordes of zombies all over the world on an epic scale of a summer blockbuster—that just spells entertainment to me. And while there were a few parts of the trailer I didn’t care for (mostly the zombies themselves), I know in my heart that they have over 6 months to work on making them look as best as they possibly can. And maybe this will be one of the few movie adaptations where the film version is actually BETTER than the source material. Bring on June 21, 2013… I can’t wait!

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1:12PM on 11/20/2012

Too much, too late.

It just looks like CGI overkill to me. The zombie thing has been done and done and this just looks like they're trying to outdo what's been done. "They want zombies? We'll give 'em zombies, by God!!" Piling thousands of crappy looking "fast" zombies into a PG-13 movie that has nothing to do with the book it's based on (which is feakin' FANTASTIC, by the way. If you found it a hard read I highly recommend the audio version read by some great voice talent and abridged for you folks with short
It just looks like CGI overkill to me. The zombie thing has been done and done and this just looks like they're trying to outdo what's been done. "They want zombies? We'll give 'em zombies, by God!!" Piling thousands of crappy looking "fast" zombies into a PG-13 movie that has nothing to do with the book it's based on (which is feakin' FANTASTIC, by the way. If you found it a hard read I highly recommend the audio version read by some great voice talent and abridged for you folks with short attention spans) is just not interesting at this point. "The Walking Dead" shows more in 5 minutes on a weekly basis than you can pull off in a PG-13 flick in theaters. This just looks like clueless Hollywood pandering crap to me. I'd rather stay home, get loaded and watch "I Am Legend". That's some hot CGI, PG-13 cheese I can get behind. This? No.
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12:37PM on 11/20/2012
Maybe you need to get off that fuckin Bush Light.
Maybe you need to get off that fuckin Bush Light.
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9:45AM on 11/21/2012
How dare you try and compare Miller High Life with Busch Light, sir! How dare you! It's the Champagne of Beers!
How dare you try and compare Miller High Life with Busch Light, sir! How dare you! It's the Champagne of Beers!
10:11PM on 11/20/2012

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You didn't like the book but you think that this movie look awsome ? I don't get it..... Not at all... And you write about movies ????
You didn't like the book but you think that this movie look awsome ? I don't get it..... Not at all... And you write about movies ????
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9:48AM on 11/21/2012
Yup, I write about MOVIES, especially MOVIES that are big-budget action/horror extravaganzas! What I don't write about is crappy books that hide behind the veil of them not being written very well and are extremely boring and tough to get through.

Just because a book is about zombies doesn't mean it's good!
Yup, I write about MOVIES, especially MOVIES that are big-budget action/horror extravaganzas! What I don't write about is crappy books that hide behind the veil of them not being written very well and are extremely boring and tough to get through.

Just because a book is about zombies doesn't mean it's good!
10:02AM on 11/21/2012
Ammon, I don't agree with barfly that you're not qualified to write about movies. But at the same time, I don't agree with your casual dismissal of the book. It's fine not to like it, but "a crappy book hiding behind the veil of them not being written very well?" Aside from the structural train wreck of that statement - it doesn't make any sense. Your statement essentially asserts that a writer attempt to hide a book's crappiness behind a veil of crappiness. While I like this site - that's part
Ammon, I don't agree with barfly that you're not qualified to write about movies. But at the same time, I don't agree with your casual dismissal of the book. It's fine not to like it, but "a crappy book hiding behind the veil of them not being written very well?" Aside from the structural train wreck of that statement - it doesn't make any sense. Your statement essentially asserts that a writer attempt to hide a book's crappiness behind a veil of crappiness. While I like this site - that's part of my problem with the contributors. You guys tend to get very defensive when you feel as though you aren't being afforded any courtesy. And I agree, in this case, you weren't. But then you turn around and attempt to validate your opinion of the trailer by throwing the source material under the bus in the most lazy and ineffective way. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that you just didn't appreciate the pacing of the novel, which like Colson Whitehead's Zone One, turns the genre on it's head by using a slower, more thoughtful approach to the premise of a zombie invasion. "It tried to hide its suckiness behind a veil of being lousy" is essentially you saying "Oh, you think my opinion of movies sucks? Well your taste in books sucks and the book you like sucks, because it sucks." Not exactly a winning argument, and not one that paints you in any better light than barfly.
11:59PM on 11/22/2012
Start by reading the whole book, then you're opinion will count.
Start by reading the whole book, then you're opinion will count.
2:09PM on 11/21/2012
Even if I hadn't read the book, I'd be turned off by the CGI athletic zombie stampede. Or should I say tidal wave. I'll definitely check it out on cable though . . .
Even if I hadn't read the book, I'd be turned off by the CGI athletic zombie stampede. Or should I say tidal wave. I'll definitely check it out on cable though . . .
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7:50AM on 11/21/2012

I disagree

But I liked the book, so that probably explains a lot. You're looking forward to Transformers and I Am Legend... but with zombies. Everybody has their own opinion, but Transformers was made to pretty much just "look good" and is insulting to it's audience on almost every other level from plot holes to hack dialog. I Am Legend was at least ambitious and I liked much of it, but when it's main threat looks so fake that it pulls you out of the suspension of disbelief- that's a deal breaker in my
But I liked the book, so that probably explains a lot. You're looking forward to Transformers and I Am Legend... but with zombies. Everybody has their own opinion, but Transformers was made to pretty much just "look good" and is insulting to it's audience on almost every other level from plot holes to hack dialog. I Am Legend was at least ambitious and I liked much of it, but when it's main threat looks so fake that it pulls you out of the suspension of disbelief- that's a deal breaker in my book. I don't want a big budget zombie movie, where the budget is a sleight of hand to distract from a horribly plotted movie cringingly written dialog. I don't that budget misspent on CGI that has sub-par execution. As far as the comment about "getting the CGI right" by the time the film is released, I'm going to call BS on this. They prep CGI for individual scenes, and for big budget flicks, these scenes are almost always indicative of the final product.

Finally, just on the premise that you didn't get the book has me distancing myself from your opinion. You didn't like the book, the trailer and production reports looks like a movie that is an adaptation mostly in name, so get ramped up for World War Z just sounds hollow to those of us who actually did enjoy the movie.
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9:53AM on 11/21/2012
I hear what you're saying, yo! I didn't love TRANSFORMERS or I AM LEGEND in any way, but I found them entertaining and fun, which is more than I can say for the WORLD WAR Z novel.

I'm pumped for the movie based on the trailer, but I'm not above to admitting that there's a high probably that this movie is going suck all kinds of ass. But I'm optimistic! I have to be! Otherwise, EVERY movie that comes out has the potential to be absolute garbage. I prefer to think that movies will be
I hear what you're saying, yo! I didn't love TRANSFORMERS or I AM LEGEND in any way, but I found them entertaining and fun, which is more than I can say for the WORLD WAR Z novel.

I'm pumped for the movie based on the trailer, but I'm not above to admitting that there's a high probably that this movie is going suck all kinds of ass. But I'm optimistic! I have to be! Otherwise, EVERY movie that comes out has the potential to be absolute garbage. I prefer to think that movies will be great--at least, the ones that grab my attention like WORLD WAR Z.

Hated the book. With a vengeance. Maybe that's why I seem to give a fuck about this movie more than everyone else (i.e., those who actually liked the book).
2:08PM on 11/21/2012
Wish people had been this upset when I am Legend came out, regarding straying from source material. World War Z seems more like a novelty, something you might read while you took a dump, or something you have sitting on the bookshelf with all the other "cool" books that you wanted to like, but didn't no matter how hard you tried. Having the book on your shelf will become more symbolic with your want to be a part of pop culture, like having a Scarface poster.
Wish people had been this upset when I am Legend came out, regarding straying from source material. World War Z seems more like a novelty, something you might read while you took a dump, or something you have sitting on the bookshelf with all the other "cool" books that you wanted to like, but didn't no matter how hard you tried. Having the book on your shelf will become more symbolic with your want to be a part of pop culture, like having a Scarface poster.
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11:23AM on 11/20/2012
I'm willing to give this movie a shot. I never read the original source material so I don't know how close to the book this movie is. However, that pile of massive horde of zombies are terrifying!
I'm willing to give this movie a shot. I never read the original source material so I don't know how close to the book this movie is. However, that pile of massive horde of zombies are terrifying!
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10:11PM on 11/20/2012

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You didn't like the book but you think that this movie look awsome ? I don't get it..... Not at all... And you write about movies ????
You didn't like the book but you think that this movie look awsome ? I don't get it..... Not at all... And you write about movies ????
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3:38AM on 11/21/2012
I didn't like the book either, but look foreword to the movie. What's wrong with that?
I didn't like the book either, but look foreword to the movie. What's wrong with that?
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9:49AM on 11/21/2012
Nothing, sir! I'm 100% with you on that one! The movie looks far more entertaining than the book ever was!
Nothing, sir! I'm 100% with you on that one! The movie looks far more entertaining than the book ever was!
9:51AM on 11/20/2012

The Book is boring!

I am trying to finish the book for months. It just really bored to me to tears. I don't think, the movie will the big hit, they are hoping for.
I am trying to finish the book for months. It just really bored to me to tears. I don't think, the movie will the big hit, they are hoping for.
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9:44AM on 11/21/2012
Yes! Agree with you 100%: that shit is EXTREMELY BORING! At least the movie looks more exciting than that!
Yes! Agree with you 100%: that shit is EXTREMELY BORING! At least the movie looks more exciting than that!
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