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Time for another edition of What's Wrong With This Trailer?:
This is where I look at a trailer that seems to have things wrong with it that make it a poorly made preview of things to come. With that said, World War Z:
Based off the well known novel by Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks, World War Z is a really great book that shows a fictionalized account of when Zombies took over the world, under the name World War Z. It's actually a really great book.
The movie, however, is a completely different version from that book as we follow Brad Pitt, who plays a United Nations employee, who tries to protect his family from a zombie outbreak. He searches the globe to try to find information to stop the outbreak that brings down nations. Mirelle Enos, Matthew Fox, Bryan Cranston, and David Morse also star in the film.
It's directed by Marc Forster, best known for Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, Monster's Ball, and Quantum Of Solace, and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan with rewrites by Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard.
One of the biggest problems with the movie right off the bat is that it's been delayed for a long time. It started being developed in 2007, the film started shooting in April 2011, Paramount originally set a December 2012 release date, pushed it back to Summer 2013, had to have its' ending re-written by Lindelof and Goddard, and the budget went from a soft $125 million to a hefty $200 million.
And as we all know, movies that have been delayed that long hardly ever end up being good. There have been a couple of examples where a movie has been delayed but it ends up being great, Cabin In The Woods, but rarely, it ever turns out to be good.
The next problem that I have with the movie is that the trailer seems to throw way too much stuff in our faces. One of the benefits of the first trailer is that they don't tell you a lot about what's going on, they don't explain why the zombies are attacking. Here, they explain way too much stuff that should've been saved for when the movie comes out.
The acting doesn't really look all that good, especially Mirelle Enos, who says one of the worst lines in the trailer and her saying of it makes it even worse.
Lastly, and this is the biggest fault of the trailer, too much damn CG. You know how in video games, we have a rule that says 'graphics don't make the game.' The same can be said for movies, CG doesn't make the movie. Once in a while, that rule will be lifted, such as Avatar, but for the most part, overdependence of CG hurts a movie more than it helps it. And the trailer for World War Z has way too much CG in it.
First off, a zombie movie shouldn't have this much CG in it. Secondly, overuse of CG in a film has been done to death. Remember back in the late 90s when CG became more prominent thanks to Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and Star Wars Episode 1. What happened after that? Filmmakers started depending more on the CG effects, thus we got shit like that terrible remake of The Haunting that depended on its' CG effects.
Lastly, and more importantly, the CG in World War Z looks awful. There's a scene at the end of the trailer where they are on a plane and zombies attack the plane and after that, a hole breaks open and people start flying out, that had the promise to look great but the scene just looks awful. On top of that, ZOMBIES SHOULD NOT BE CG!!!!
You want to know why the zombies on The Walking Dead look great, because they look real, the makeup on those zombies worked really well to make us believe that they are real zombies. Here, every single shot of zombies in this trailer look fake as hell. There's a shot where zombies are trying to climb a huge wall by piling on top of each other and it looks 100% fake on all levels.
Earlier in the year, I had pegged The Lone Ranger as the biggest bomb of 2013 and while I still hold that, I think that World War Z may be the biggest bomb of the year judging by these trailers because there is nothing in either this trailer or the one before it that convinces me that this may be good. But again, who knows? Maybe this'll be the example that where the trailers suck but the movie's great...at this point, I highly doubt it.