The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
It may have been plagued by rewrites and production delays – it was originally scheduled for release last Christmas – but World War Z, starring Brad Pitt and based on the post-apocalyptic horror novel book by Max Brooks, is finally making its way to our screens.
And based on the latest trailer, which is being shown in cinemas in Australia in conjunction with Star Trek Into Darkness, but was actually released around the end of March, it looks like the long wait and all the extra work may have been worth the while.
The trailer suggests a movie moving at a million miles an hour, much like the zombies that fill almost every scene, zombies who infect others in nanoseconds, and swarm like crazy hive insects.
Far scarier than the shuffling zombies of old who carried themselves with the gate of a dressing-gown clad old man than the nimble agile athlete they now resemble.
Especially terrifying is the scene on the plane where a group of bedraggled survivors including the hero of the story Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) find themselves close to landing at a safe airport when a zombie climbs up from the cargo hold, and after infecting a flight attendant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, starts a mini-pandemic onboard the aircraft.
Talk about claustrophobic horror!
Frankly that scene, terrifies me more than all the other scenes put together since you can’t get away since there is nowhere to run.
But as the trailer and the poster illustrate even on the ground running may not really save you.
There is, it appears, nowhere you’re safe unless it’s on a ship out in the middle of the ocean, far from what’s left of humanity and civilisation.
So if you don’t have a boat, or even a humble jet ski, you should throw on your speakers and start sprinting from 20 June (Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong + others), and 21 June (USA, Canada, India + others).