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The scene is followed by grotesque images of zombies, violence, blood and a guy is responding to questions about this outbreak live on the news.

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Why? Why would they put this as the 1st scene of the opening credits. It had complete audio support and nothing else interrupting it unlike the following ones, which were quick "scary" glimpses and the guy talking in the background. I'm very interested to know.

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    Why not? What's wrong with doing that? – Möoz Nov 10 '17 at 3:06
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    Bigotry maybe ? Or it could hold no meaning – Anu7 Nov 10 '17 at 5:21
  • It seems thematically relevant in the sense that this is a crowded setting (but peaceful, since it's pre-apocalypse) – Flater Nov 10 '17 at 9:29
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    @Möoz Well there are a lot of idiots on the webzzz and real life who hurl slurs such as "Violent Zombies" on Muslims. So It is really hard to see the whole juxtaposition of these sequences and think that this was completely coincidental. That's what's wrong with it. But of course we don't know for sure why did the directors do it, and that's why I find OP's question very interesting. – Aegon Nov 10 '17 at 11:50
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    @Aegon Don't get me wrong, I don't disagree. It's just that the OP has posited the question without saying why they think it shouldn't have been shown that way. – Möoz Nov 10 '17 at 12:11
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This is merely a clip of a large group of people praying. No slight was meant against Muslims. In times of crisis, people tend to turn to God. It's clear the outbreak is in full swing, and so it makes sense that any place of prayer would be crowded. I suppose they could have shown a Billy Graham revival, but then people would be asking, "Why Evangelists??" The denomination doesn't matter, the visual of a large amount of people praying is the focus. I always looked at the scene as they chose Muslims because at the time it was not as prevalent in America and indicated that zombies were a worldwide problem. Many movies have similar visuals, like disaster movies showing shots of the Taj Mahal getting leveled. It's not meant to indicate hostility towards India, just that the disaster was global and they used instantly recognizable landmarks to convey that.

  • +1 and I think there's also an appropriate element of creepiness in the clip, with so many people so close together, on their knees, moving in perfect synch, chanting in unison. Certainly gives me the heebie-jeebies, and would regardless of the religious denomination. Overall sequence is very reminiscent (if not derivative) of opening credits of Se7en: creepiness a key theme. – Shiz Z. Nov 10 '17 at 17:09
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    @JohnnyBones This is routine for muslims. They pray to God all the time - not just in times of "disaster". And this scene portrays no sign of some kind of disaster happening in the background (eg. the Mosque being leveled). They do not seem any different at all from what they would do normally. This is a pre-war scene with no signs of destruction, or zombie malevolence (like the following ones). I am not convinced by the answer. – Nikos Nov 10 '17 at 18:32
  • @ShizZ. I find your opinion offensive towards Muslims. I don't want to start a discussion here but some people consider the unity in Islam to be creepy and undesired because it is not beneficial for them. But everyone is entitled to their own opinion. – Henjin Nov 11 '17 at 7:51
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    I apologize. I did not mean to offend but now see how the comment could be offensive. I should have highlighted visual elements of the scene such as its grainy filter, its lack of color, its impersonal wide angle, its brief appearance, its claustrophobic feel, et cetera... IMHO the scene is in the movie because of these visual elements -- not because of the specific religion that happens to be depicted. (BTW your comment and OP's question have convinced me that the filmmakers were wrong to include the scene... seems inappropriate to use video of a specific, real-world religion that way.) – Shiz Z. Nov 12 '17 at 3:46
  • @Nik-Lz - You don't have to be convinced by the answer, but it's the honest answer. Filmmaker: "I want to show the audience that zombies are a worldwide problem." Art Dept Guy: "How about a scene of people praying, but not in a church or synagogue they'd recognize as being in America?" Filmmaker: "Perfect. Find me some stock footage." Filmmaking on a Budget: 101. If you're looking for some reason to think the filmmaker chose Muslims because he's some Islamaphobe, you're not going to find it. Not with a scene as generic and short as that. – Johnny Bones Nov 12 '17 at 22:22

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