I haven’t read World War Z, though it’s on the list. But this first trailer for it mostly seems like an excuse to show teaming masses of humanity roiling through the streets of world capitals and the prodigious firepower deployed against them:
Honestly it makes me think that Steven Soderbergh should direct a zombie movie. Contagion, his super-flu movie, was one of my favorite films of 2011, in part because it avoided all of the cliches of this genre. The violence and dissolution of society were on a realistic, deeply unsettling scale. Battling the virus was a major bureaucratic undertaking that required the people involved to take serious risks, confront their privilege, and deal with the gap between what they know they’re trying to do and how it seems to the public. The scale of the devastation is overwhelming, but it’s not complete. I’d love to see him address what comes after a disaster of this scale, and remind the moviegoing public that the bureaucrats who control food and vaccines are as important as the ones who control the bullets.