So, recently I did a thing about the movies of 2013. And on that list, I said I would return to World War Z at a later time to elaborate on the comments I made. I think now is a good time to do that so if it turns out I am right I can add 2 paragraphs to this column and rerun it when the movie comes out. That’s called “advanced planning” kids, even if it is sometimes confused with “laziness.”
The picture above is the fade-in on the trailer for World War Z. Please take note of how thick the traffic is, because that will be kind of important in a minute.
This is :25 into the trailer, and as you can see the side-view mirror of the car is missing as a police motorcycle just clipped it as the cop rode in-between the tightly packed cars you saw in the first shot, and can sorta see in this second one.
Another cop comes along, this one on foot, to tell Brad Pitt to “Move along, you Lookie Lou!” when he gets plowed into by a goddamn runaway garbage truck. A garbage truck that is nowhere to be seen in that opening shot of bumper-to-bumper traffic that stretches a mile or more in either direction. Further, it isn’t slowed down in the slightest by all of the vehicles it had to have collided with on it’s way to the unfortunate police officer up there. And of course, there is no indication that this nightmare is coming because it is apparently being stealthy as it plows through traffic on it’s way to killing the cop.
Then, about 1:15 into the trailer everyone who somehow managed to never hear about this book learns that it is about zombies when they see this shot.
I wish I could have gotten a cleaner screenshot for you, but I assure you, watch that trailer, you’ll see it. Instead of just hiring human extras, they decided to CGI in some zombies, and guess what? It looks like they decided to CGI in some zombies instead of hiring actors to do it.
And it is even more apparent in this scene, although I will freely admit it is a little more forgivable due to the sheer number of people involved. Not because of cost, but because of the possibility of someone getting seriously hurt. Which, in the early days of Hollywood, was never a concern at all. Which is why so many older movies are so much more awesome than what you see today.
I don’t want to discount the movie too soon, but the bad CGI and the silliness of the garbage truck scene do not really make me all that confident that this one isn’t going to be a Ghost Rider.