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The first footage from World War Z finally appears online...

Nov. 6, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

World War Z book cover... in the form of an ET tease for the full trailer that is set to drop later this week.  Which, if you're familiar at all with ET, is a mixed blessing.  Don't get me wrong - I'm thankful for the footage. I just don't need to hear the words "Brad Pitt versus an army of zombies" or "only one man can save the world" in the particular EW way.  So my recommendation, since you didn't ask but I happen to have watched the sneak peak already, is to do   it with the sound off.  Just take in the imagery and the visual storytelling, as it is plenty powerful on its own.  And then get pumped and prepped for the full trailer drop on Thursday.

And then we'll finally get to see what all the fuss is about.  We'll finally be able to make slightly-more-informed yet still-wild judgements about whether the adaptation was worth the wait.  And no matter what we think after watching it, I bet we'll all be that much more amped to check out the final product come June 21st, 2013.  From the looks of things, this is the sort of imagery that will benefit best from a big screen, so my question at this point becomes "which upcoming wide-release film is going to have this trailer attached?" Any suppositions?

Extra Tidbit: Not to jump on the criticism bandwagon straight off the bat, but while I dig the shot of the fast zombies climbing up the wall towards the end I can't help but think that the CGI used for the zombie mass moving (rolling?) down the hill is a bit dodgy.

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11:13AM on 11/07/2012
I find the tidal wave of zombies amusing. The zombies climbing at the end looked very fake however. I have read the book but before this comes out I may need to read it again.
I find the tidal wave of zombies amusing. The zombies climbing at the end looked very fake however. I have read the book but before this comes out I may need to read it again.
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4:33AM on 11/07/2012

I am hopeful

In the book, the people are running batshit crazy, not the zombies. Until I have seen proof the otherwise, I will remain skeptical about the footage shown. If those shown were humans, holy shit!
In the book, the people are running batshit crazy, not the zombies. Until I have seen proof the otherwise, I will remain skeptical about the footage shown. If those shown were humans, holy shit!
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3:46AM on 11/07/2012
I've never read the book and I don't know how the zombies are supposed to move but that looks... Silly. You might as well play "Keep Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit over those clips to keep up the corny factor.
I've never read the book and I don't know how the zombies are supposed to move but that looks... Silly. You might as well play "Keep Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit over those clips to keep up the corny factor.
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12:14AM on 11/07/2012
When I heard that this movie had waves of zombies in it I was like "Oh, that's cool". I just didn't expect it to be literal waves. That was some of the most ridiculous, and hilarious, shit I've ever seen. How could anyone think this was a good idea?
When I heard that this movie had waves of zombies in it I was like "Oh, that's cool". I just didn't expect it to be literal waves. That was some of the most ridiculous, and hilarious, shit I've ever seen. How could anyone think this was a good idea?
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12:09AM on 11/07/2012
This sure as shit is not World War Z.
This sure as shit is not World War Z.
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10:23PM on 11/06/2012

CGI??Why??

I read this book a while back (before the zombie craze began). So naturally, the footage seems nothing like the book. Way to go Hollywood. All I can say is too much CGI. I don't like the idea of a tide of zombies flowing through streets, or zombies crawling all over each other to reach a higher point like the ants from Indiana Jones. In my opinion, CGI just takes the tension out of the movie. A little too cartoon-y for me.
I read this book a while back (before the zombie craze began). So naturally, the footage seems nothing like the book. Way to go Hollywood. All I can say is too much CGI. I don't like the idea of a tide of zombies flowing through streets, or zombies crawling all over each other to reach a higher point like the ants from Indiana Jones. In my opinion, CGI just takes the tension out of the movie. A little too cartoon-y for me.
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8:40PM on 11/06/2012

I haven't read the book....

... so I can't say if this looks true to the book (I'm guessing it's not). But I can say there is WAY too much CGI... and what's up with the wave of zombies?? It just looks corny... Many other comments say it looks like I Am Legend, and that's exactly what I thought when I saw it. Maybe the next trailers will be better, but as of right now I will not be paying to see this.
... so I can't say if this looks true to the book (I'm guessing it's not). But I can say there is WAY too much CGI... and what's up with the wave of zombies?? It just looks corny... Many other comments say it looks like I Am Legend, and that's exactly what I thought when I saw it. Maybe the next trailers will be better, but as of right now I will not be paying to see this.
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7:08PM on 11/06/2012
The fuck did I just watch? Sure as hell wasn't a teaser of a zombie film. I understand where some of the hate comes from whether with the over-saturation of zombies in pop culture or if you don't like zombie movies or horror cinema in general and so on but that just looks bad on many levels. As a horror fan, I am just disappointed in what I see so far.
The fuck did I just watch? Sure as hell wasn't a teaser of a zombie film. I understand where some of the hate comes from whether with the over-saturation of zombies in pop culture or if you don't like zombie movies or horror cinema in general and so on but that just looks bad on many levels. As a horror fan, I am just disappointed in what I see so far.
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5:54PM on 11/06/2012

CGI Looks Horrible and fake

These aren't just running Zombie's these are olympic zombies that run over each other in waves, thats just f'n ridiculous. What idiot came up with this? Y'know was ok with the running zombies in the Dawn of the dead remake. Not all of them could run because some had more grizzly wounds than others and they certainly didn't run over each other in a big wave. If they are gonna make stuff that god damn cartoonie why not just get the zombie wave to chase you around the corner and smack them with
These aren't just running Zombie's these are olympic zombies that run over each other in waves, thats just f'n ridiculous. What idiot came up with this? Y'know was ok with the running zombies in the Dawn of the dead remake. Not all of them could run because some had more grizzly wounds than others and they certainly didn't run over each other in a big wave. If they are gonna make stuff that god damn cartoonie why not just get the zombie wave to chase you around the corner and smack them with that giant hand from jackass? Have friends who lauded the book this looks like one big epic steamer of Paul Bunyan proportions.
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5:37PM on 11/06/2012
This looks like a BIG PILE OF GARBAGE mixed with a even bigger pile of cow SHIT topped off with a bit of my puke. With or without the sound, as Alejandro recommends, this looks HORRIBLE!!!! No sound doesn't make it seem any better. First problem is we have running zombies. Second and major part is cgi zombies. And I don't care if someone starts crying "well give it a chance" or "the cgi is probably not done yet". CGI + running zombies = VOMITGARBAGECOWSHIT
This looks like a BIG PILE OF GARBAGE mixed with a even bigger pile of cow SHIT topped off with a bit of my puke. With or without the sound, as Alejandro recommends, this looks HORRIBLE!!!! No sound doesn't make it seem any better. First problem is we have running zombies. Second and major part is cgi zombies. And I don't care if someone starts crying "well give it a chance" or "the cgi is probably not done yet". CGI + running zombies = VOMITGARBAGECOWSHIT
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5:17PM on 11/06/2012

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This is not World war Z. All the action in the movie happens after the war..
This is not World war Z. All the action in the movie happens after the war..
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4:43PM on 11/06/2012
Kind of reminds me of I AM LEGEND. Looks cool, but I need to see a full trailer for this one.
Kind of reminds me of I AM LEGEND. Looks cool, but I need to see a full trailer for this one.
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4:00PM on 11/06/2012
What is this? This is not World War Z. Looks like a prequel to I Am Legend called I Am Brad Pitt.
What is this? This is not World War Z. Looks like a prequel to I Am Legend called I Am Brad Pitt.
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3:56PM on 11/06/2012
Double post, lame.
Double post, lame.
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3:54PM on 11/06/2012

No wonder Max Brooks said "They killed my baby"

Looks like they did just that. They completely threw the book out the window for this one.
Looks like they did just that. They completely threw the book out the window for this one.
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3:09PM on 11/06/2012

I loved the book... I hate this...

The book was an amazing read for anyone into the whole zombie thing. The fast zombies suck! I feel if there are fast zombies then they are just infected people not dead people which is what they should be.
The book was an amazing read for anyone into the whole zombie thing. The fast zombies suck! I feel if there are fast zombies then they are just infected people not dead people which is what they should be.
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2:54PM on 11/06/2012
Damn, they took one of the best & most grounded Zombie stories out there and turned it into a CGI video game.

Looks like they said "Walking Dead is popular. Lets do that but with CGI. Lots of CGI. In fact, I want CGI Stephen Sommers style!"
Damn, they took one of the best & most grounded Zombie stories out there and turned it into a CGI video game.

Looks like they said "Walking Dead is popular. Lets do that but with CGI. Lots of CGI. In fact, I want CGI Stephen Sommers style!"
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2:41PM on 11/06/2012
yea I saw this on tv yesterday. I have to agree with the article that was on this website last month. The sea of people trying to get away does look pretty cool! I hope this turns out GREAT!! I still vehemently believe they should have been slow walkers instead of fast runners though!!
yea I saw this on tv yesterday. I have to agree with the article that was on this website last month. The sea of people trying to get away does look pretty cool! I hope this turns out GREAT!! I still vehemently believe they should have been slow walkers instead of fast runners though!!
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2:37PM on 11/06/2012

"They are coming"? ...

... more like "They are rolling!" Phew, those are some fast zombies, but let's not forget rule no1 - CARDIO :D
... more like "They are rolling!" Phew, those are some fast zombies, but let's not forget rule no1 - CARDIO :D
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11:39AM on 11/06/2012

not a fan of the book

or zombies in general, they are very played out... but this actually looks pretty cool! Surprised me, I'm interested now.
or zombies in general, they are very played out... but this actually looks pretty cool! Surprised me, I'm interested now.
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11:37AM on 11/06/2012

WOW

A teaser of a teaser...still doesn't look like anything from WWZ. In name only, so not sure. Could be ok, but more likely shit.
A teaser of a teaser...still doesn't look like anything from WWZ. In name only, so not sure. Could be ok, but more likely shit.
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11:37AM on 11/06/2012
This looks like it could be a good zombie movie, just not a good WWZ adaption, I will definitely be seeing it though.
This looks like it could be a good zombie movie, just not a good WWZ adaption, I will definitely be seeing it though.
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11:21AM on 11/06/2012

super fast zombies?

it looks interesting but why are they so fast? I thought they were slow? I haven't read the book in a while but am I missing something?
it looks interesting but why are they so fast? I thought they were slow? I haven't read the book in a while but am I missing something?
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2:43PM on 11/06/2012
nope. There has been a whole lot of debate over the past year or so on the fact that they are fast instead of slow, like the book states.
nope. There has been a whole lot of debate over the past year or so on the fact that they are fast instead of slow, like the book states.
3:49PM on 11/06/2012
Kind of like how 'I am Legend' is a book about vampires & the last human on earth, and the movie was about '28 Days Later' style zombies & the last few people in only New York City. Hollywood only wants to cash in a the popular title. They don't give a shit about the content.
Kind of like how 'I am Legend' is a book about vampires & the last human on earth, and the movie was about '28 Days Later' style zombies & the last few people in only New York City. Hollywood only wants to cash in a the popular title. They don't give a shit about the content.
11:11AM on 11/06/2012
I don't know about you guys but I always separate the book and the film as different entities because there will always be changes. As a film on its own, it looks nuts and I'm excited.
I don't know about you guys but I always separate the book and the film as different entities because there will always be changes. As a film on its own, it looks nuts and I'm excited.
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11:06AM on 11/06/2012
So we've gone from slow walking zombies (Night of the Living Dead) to sprinting zombies (28 Days Later) and now we're at school of fish zombies (World War Z). At least the first two type of zombies used actual people.
So we've gone from slow walking zombies (Night of the Living Dead) to sprinting zombies (28 Days Later) and now we're at school of fish zombies (World War Z). At least the first two type of zombies used actual people.
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10:45AM on 11/06/2012

blah blah....in name only...blah blah...hollywood BS...blah blah blah

walking dead...blah blah....brad pitt...blah blah blah...only one [link]
fuck all of that....im seeing it.
worst that happens? im not entertained and bitch for 10seconds about losing those two hours and $8.
only a movie people......not the deciding factor of the future of mankind.
walking dead...blah blah....brad pitt...blah blah blah...only one [link]
fuck all of that....im seeing it.
worst that happens? im not entertained and bitch for 10seconds about losing those two hours and $8.
only a movie people......not the deciding factor of the future of mankind.
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11:06AM on 11/06/2012
Amen!... I'm seeing this shitznig too.
Amen!... I'm seeing this shitznig too.
11:37AM on 11/06/2012
It's people like you that have made Hollywood the shit farm it is. Get some principles man.
It's people like you that have made Hollywood the shit farm it is. Get some principles man.
3:56PM on 11/06/2012
DarkElfa wins the internet today.
DarkElfa wins the internet today.
7:20PM on 11/06/2012
Sorry, forgot for a second that we were discussing the deciding factor of the future of mankind on this movie website. Please, proceed
Sorry, forgot for a second that we were discussing the deciding factor of the future of mankind on this movie website. Please, proceed
10:08AM on 11/06/2012
Way to miss the fucking mark, Hollywood. This should have been a mockumentary, not some generic "I Am Legend" wannabe.
Way to miss the fucking mark, Hollywood. This should have been a mockumentary, not some generic "I Am Legend" wannabe.
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9:51AM on 11/06/2012
I got 14 letters for you......THE WALKING DEAD.
I got 14 letters for you......THE WALKING DEAD.
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9:18AM on 11/06/2012
If it's CGI, it ain't a zombie. Prosthetics forever. PG-13 never.
If it's CGI, it ain't a zombie. Prosthetics forever. PG-13 never.
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8:34AM on 11/06/2012

I have a split opinion of this.

You see, while this looks like it could be a good film, it doesn't look like it would be a good WWZ film. They've altered the zombies and seemingly the story line enough that it makes me wonder why they did't just do something original instead.

I mean if you need to change the movement and reason for why Zombies are scary to make your movie work, then perhaps you should have used a monster other than zombies as your antagonist, maybe create your own.. Same thing goes for this and any
You see, while this looks like it could be a good film, it doesn't look like it would be a good WWZ film. They've altered the zombies and seemingly the story line enough that it makes me wonder why they did't just do something original instead.

I mean if you need to change the movement and reason for why Zombies are scary to make your movie work, then perhaps you should have used a monster other than zombies as your antagonist, maybe create your own.. Same thing goes for this and any story.

Hollywood, if you can't be faithful to a property, drop it and create your own. Stop using and abusing IP's in order to get gullible fans to see your film while simultaneously changing anything that made fans like it. If you want to make a Superman film but change his suit, power set and origin, then you don't want to make a Superman film, you want to use the Superman name to put butts in seats and it will come back to bite you in the ass later.

Yes it's hard to secure funding for a film whose IP is unknown, especially one with a high price tag, we get that. But it's better that it not be made than damage the IP's good name and enrage it's fanbase in order to sell us a ticket. Think about it.
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8:25AM on 11/06/2012

What a turd!

Wow, this looks terrible! I know its only a clip but that is all I need to see to know its going to be a CGI shitfest. Digital running Zombies that look like the creatures from I Am Legend? C'mon! They ruined what could have been a great movie.
Wow, this looks terrible! I know its only a clip but that is all I need to see to know its going to be a CGI shitfest. Digital running Zombies that look like the creatures from I Am Legend? C'mon! They ruined what could have been a great movie.
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8:22AM on 11/06/2012
Surf the zsunami!
Surf the zsunami!
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8:35AM on 11/06/2012
I spit out my coffee reading that, thanks. On the other hand, we should make T-shirts to sell out in the parking lot when fans come out pissed.
I spit out my coffee reading that, thanks. On the other hand, we should make T-shirts to sell out in the parking lot when fans come out pissed.
1:36AM on 11/07/2012
Glad I could start your morning right. As for the shirt, believe it or not, the image and the slogan hit my brain at the same time the zsunami rounded the corner in the footage reel. It is a project of mine that I have in the lineup.
Glad I could start your morning right. As for the shirt, believe it or not, the image and the slogan hit my brain at the same time the zsunami rounded the corner in the footage reel. It is a project of mine that I have in the lineup.
8:09AM on 11/06/2012
Looks like they are using the Israel story from the book.
Looks like they are using the Israel story from the book.
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7:50AM on 11/06/2012

A note on the CGI...

Remember guys, we've still got over 7 months till this comes out. Remember how shitty the CGI in IRON MAN looked in the first preview?
Remember guys, we've still got over 7 months till this comes out. Remember how shitty the CGI in IRON MAN looked in the first preview?
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8:08AM on 11/06/2012
You're right, and I'm sure I"m being too hasty when something comes with as high a price tag as WORLD WAR Z. But I also would hope that after all this time they'd at least put a best foot forward with the first footage being shown form the film. Or conversely, maybe it will just look better when played in HD and all that.
You're right, and I'm sure I"m being too hasty when something comes with as high a price tag as WORLD WAR Z. But I also would hope that after all this time they'd at least put a best foot forward with the first footage being shown form the film. Or conversely, maybe it will just look better when played in HD and all that.
7:42AM on 11/06/2012

I didnt think it was that bad

The CGI may be hard to get use to, but at least its different

its a new approach to the Zombie genre and definitely looks like the most ambitious zombie film to date. At least it has that going for it.
The CGI may be hard to get use to, but at least its different

its a new approach to the Zombie genre and definitely looks like the most ambitious zombie film to date. At least it has that going for it.
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8:37AM on 11/06/2012
Those aren't Zombies any more than Twilight's vampires are vampires or Tim Burton's Superman would have been Superman. I'm not even sure I'd call that film WWZ.
Those aren't Zombies any more than Twilight's vampires are vampires or Tim Burton's Superman would have been Superman. I'm not even sure I'd call that film WWZ.
7:36AM on 11/06/2012

That sure looks like a steaming pile of crap!

Not that I expected much after such a troubled production. Still they could have made an interesting film based on the (overrated, but still good)book. Oh well at least we still have the Hobbit and Episode 7 to look forward to.
Not that I expected much after such a troubled production. Still they could have made an interesting film based on the (overrated, but still good)book. Oh well at least we still have the Hobbit and Episode 7 to look forward to.
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7:36AM on 11/06/2012
Holy fuck that looks insane!

I'm getting a I AM LEGEND 2 vibe of course but hopefully that's not the case.
Holy fuck that looks insane!

I'm getting a I AM LEGEND 2 vibe of course but hopefully that's not the case.
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