World War Z – scarier than expected

World War Z was definitely scarier than I expected it to be – the fast-paced zombie style creatures instilled the same dread as those in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and the deliberately shaky camera-work just threw you in head first from the outset.

But World War Z has thrown up a question for me regarding the role of films in International Politics. Sounds ludicrous, I know, but something happened in the film that grated on me and by taking a look online, I see I’m not the only one.

I must have watched the trailer for World War Z a good few times before seeing the film at the cinema and like all American apocalyptic blockbusters there are some killer lines to pull you in:

“Daddy, what’s Martial Law?”, “We’ve lost the East Coast”, “Life as we know it will come to an end in 90 days” – typical dramatic phrases intended to fire up your excitement levels

But there were two lines in the trailer that I remembered and were changed in the movie. And those lines were:

“If I wanted to get into Russia, where would I start?”
“Russia is a black hole”

Seems relatively innocuous but in the film it was changed to

“If I wanted to get into India, where would I start?”
“India is a black hole”

And as if that wasn’t enough, a very helpful person put this photo from a World War Z script up on imgur:

World War Z

So why the jump between Russia, India and China? I honestly don’t know – perhaps the constant stream of problems between Russia and the US became too much and someone said no more – I just don’t know. I know World War Z was adapted from a book by Max Brooks and no doubt the original country is in there somewhere…

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for World War Z: