Worst Traffic Jam Ever. World War Z Clip

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Worst Traffic Jam Ever. World War Z Clip

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 19, 2013 | Comments ()


Okay, deep breathes all around. We had a great review of why the novel World War Z was so fantastic with the morning Cannonball Read post a couple of hours ago. So check that out. But let's be honest, we've all realized by this point that there is almost no relation between the book and the movie. A novelization of the movie would not be legally allowed to be called World War Z because there's already a demonstrably unrelated book of that title.

Is that a law? I always as a kid thought it was a law that two books couldn't be called the same thing, and the idea always stuck with me in the back of my head. I suppose it probably isn't a law so much as a copyright thing. But I digress.

Let's look at World War Z just as a movie. We've had the rant elsewhere, about the disrespect towards the source material. So we'll pretend here that it's just a coincidence of naming, and this is a separate project.

What we've got here (besides a failure to communicate) is a solid three minute clip out of the film.

Sigh. Some films you just can't reach. So you get a clip like we have here today.

There's just no tension in it, which is what it's reaching for and falling badly short of. See, the problem is in the set piece nature of it, the sort of video game logic of, well everyone else is screwed but there is always a magical path for the extra special snowflake protagonist. Something closing in? A truck blazes a path that the protagonist is uniquely positioned to follow. Then have the truck crash to pretend something interesting is happening. Vicious car crash, but everyone is fine because they have their main character badges firmly affixed. Oh look, there just happens to be an RV sitting there unlocked with the keys in the ignition. Let's take that! And now there's room to floor it because apparently it's a driving level now. Exactly enough zombies will get through in order for the protagonists to deal with them as the level ends.

And I don't like it anymore than you.

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  • kirbyjay

    I feel like Joey Tribbbiani after eating the truffle.
    " I like it"
    What's not to like?
    Zombies? Mmmmm
    Action? Mmmmmm
    Brad Pitt? MMMMMMMM

  • disqus_mQPW6cixfl

    The cop getting plowed needs to make it onto an updated "Hit by a bus" reel.

    (Yes, I know, it was a truck, not a bus. Goddam, you people take this stuff seriously.)


  • Captain D

    Would it have killed them to at least add some sharks, wildfires, or tornadoes to the clip? Perhaps a tornado consisting of either sharks or fire?

  • Slash

    SharkFireNado. The next made for SyFy movie. With a special effects budget of $15 (an all-time high).

  • TK

    I'm not gonna lie - the word "SharkFireNado" makes my movie dick hard.

  • I base all my entertainment decisions on a precision measurement of TK's movie tumescence.

  • Slash

    Well, there's your promo right there:

    "... SharkFireNado makes my ... dick hard."

    - Pajiba

  • disqus_mQPW6cixfl

    That clip is logically absurd.


  • BWeaves

    Why would you try to take someone else's vehicle. If they've abandoned it, they did so for a reason, like IT WON'T GO. It's too big to work its way through the gridlocked traffic jam. It already has a carcass wrapped around its crankshaft. etc. etc.

    I still don't understand how anyone can jump into an unknown car and speed off. It take me 10 minutes to find all the controls.

  • alannaofdoom


    (To the clip, I mean; not to the sentiments of this post, with which I agree both wholeheartedly and full-throatedly.)

  • brite

    I know NOTHING about zombie culture (don't really do the movies or tv shows), but I find the characters respond to their situations totally irrationally. To whit:
    "We gotta get off the street."
    And then promptly get into an even larger, more unwieldy vehicle than the one they just abandoned.
    Maybe movies have to have car chases in them to be entertaining???

  • $27019454

    My husband drives like that without Zombies chasing him.

  • Slash

    Brad Pitt is just so damn likable ...

    The problem with zombie movies (except for the non-zombies in "28 Days Later") is that they couldn't actually be physically fast. Zombies still have to abide by certain rules. Which means that rotting tendons, muscles, etc. can't move. After 3 days, max, zombies would all be mostly immobile blobs, unable to stand, much less run. Maybe the book addresses this, but most zombie movies don't.

    And the ads for this movie make the zombies look unrealistic. Zombies form a human pyramid to get over a wall. Really?

  • Maestro Please

    That is exactly the problem with a lot of zombie movies, and is my biggest concern about this one. The zombies in the book did not run.

  • $27019454

    Yes to the Brad Pitt thing. And how exactly does he look like the guy who plays Thor in this clip? Like...Thor but after a bender, and after being up all night with like...SIX kids at least.

  • Zombienurse

    I studied as an art major in college. I can't math, and the complications of aerodynamics and things of that nature baffle me. Having said that, even I know the physics of that scene are not possible.

    I also hate fast zombies. They aren't supposed to be fast. That is all.

  • They look like ants. I think that's kind of the point, but it looks so fucking stupid on screen.

  • Steph

    They don't even look like zombies, just a bunch of people piling on top of each other for some reason.

  • Slash

    Copyright law does not protect names, titles, or short phrases or expressions. Per the U.S. Copyright Office.

  • Fredo

    Part of the problem is that the horror that comes from WWZ is not watching civilization fall -- which is what this movie will depict and so many others like to depict. WWZ's horror is engrained on how close humanity came from going out and what was required to claw back.

  • TK

    Agreed. Part of what makes "The Walking Dead" so compelling (when it works, anyway) is that a) it's a story that's more about humanity than zombies, and b) it's an "after the fall" story that's more about dealing with the aftermath. It's not the war, it's how the survivors get back to their lives after it, and what those lives will look like after everything has changed. We've seen the war a thousand times. Show me how we get back on our feet.

    That's what made the novel version of WWZ so compelling.

    This is just Dawn of the Dead on a global scale.

  • "everyone is fine because they have their main character badges firmly affixed."

    I'm not defending this clip, because I haven't even watched it yet, but isn't this kind of a chicken-or-egg type dilemma?

    In any massive disaster, there will probably be a select few people who survive. Anyone who does survive probably does so through quick thinking, luck and a series of crazy coincidences.

    I know an old guy who made it through World War 2, despite being shot down behind enemy lines. It's a crazy story. If you were going to make a movie about the war, you might pick his story because it's incredible. But he would be the main character of that story BECAUSE he survived, not the other way around.

    It might be more realistic to have all your main characters die off in the first five minutes of the movie, but come on.

    Having said that, you can take the survival thing too far, especially in cases where the person surviving against all odds is also the one person who can save us all, and maybe that's the case with this movie.

  • Update: I have now watched the clip, and it is pretty ridiculous. My general opinion about survivors stands, but maybe I could have found a better place to talk about this...

  • BWeaves

    Oh, I agree that being a survivor is mostly luck of the draw and a little bit of smarts. But having watched that clip where they are stuck in gridlocked traffic, there is no way in hell that all of a sudden certain vehicles can drive really fast without hitting something that would immediately stop them.

  • Cazadora

    I'm not even going to pretend to be jaded and cool -- I thought it was a pretty exciting scene. No logic to the action, of course, but I was willing to go there with the characters.

  • jthomas666

    The problem with the truck hitting the cop is that the establishing shot showed cars backed up as far as the eye can see--sure, it's a big truck, it could shove other cars out of the way, but that would make a hell of a lot of noise BEFORE it hit the cop, and the sheer mass of the cars would keep the truck from reaching, let alone maintaining, that speed.

  • Slash

    Yeah, this.

  • emmalita

    You and your logic.

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