How Well Will Mankind Ban Together To Stop A Worldwide Zombie Invasion That Was Created By Their Very Own Stupidity?
Until I began my military career I was a little naïve of the different types of illegal trafficking in the world. Of course everyone knows of human trafficking and the ever-occurring drug trafficking. But some of the smaller yet equaling appalling types of trafficking remain under the radar of most person’s knowledge. One of these types of trafficking is organ trafficking. In Max Brook’s World War Z the trafficking of infected human organs starts the Zombie Apocalypse.
Just as Daniel H. Wilson utilized the “epistolary novel” method to tell the story of Robopocalypse, Max Brooks gives the reader dozens of separate stories that span the globe. The accounts of hordes of flesh eating re-animated creatures terrorizing entire cities is told to the reader through the eyes of peasant farmers, ordinary citizens and top level military officials. One army intelligence officer bashes the competency of his senior officers, whom suggest that stealth bombers are the answer to eliminate an enemy that give does not give off a radar signature. A 12-year-old boy talks of how his father was forced to quarter and cook a recently deceased (non-infected) corpse so his family would not fall victim to starvation. The situation is so dire that in some parts of the world people only banded together to fight off incoming zombies, and once the mini-invasions were over they went back to fighting amongst themselves.
Zombies do not have a battle plan nor do they have a political or rank structure. The living human race was not only depleted on supplies to fight the undead, but also their morale and political structure was reduced to shit. There is no particular turning point in the story, however a series of cleverly planned (and sometimes just luck of the draw) series of Special Forces attacks and containment practices eventually reduces the number of the undead.
I have only seen two of Marc Foster’s films: Monster’s Ball and Quantum of Solace. Quantum of Solace was not nearly as polished as Casino Royale, and the once highly overrated Monster’s Ball is never mentioned on any top films of the decade list. Due to the long spans of action intertwined with superb characterization, I think that Alfonso Cuaron’ would have been a more suitable choice. Cuaron’s long takes without cuts would engross the audience in terrifying sequences of human vs. zombie and human vs. human action. Notice that the human race has to fight amongst their selves and rotten walking corpses for survival.
Usually the director has the most difficult job of bringing a vision to life. But due to the narrative complexity of Max Brooks’ novel, screenwriters J. Michael Straczynski and Matthew Michael Carnahan will deserve the most credit if the film lives up to the novel. According to Ain’t It Cool News the leaked partial script of World War Z is not only good but is reminiscent of Children of Men. Here’s to hoping that Marc Foster can successfully direct Brad Pitt and company in a memorable film that is going up against Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in December 2012.