Perhaps you’ve heard of a little film franchise called “Twilight.” Well, meet its counterpart, “Warm Bodies.”
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Perhaps you’ve heard of a little film franchise called “Twilight.” Well, meet its counterpart, “Warm Bodies.” Another book to film teen romance, this one deals with the bottom tier of the supernatural world, the zombie. And perhaps might also serve as an alternative film for your Valentine’s Day date night.
Inspired by the book by Isaac Marion, the movie opens to R (Nicholas Hoult, “X-Men: First Class”), the main zombie, narrating as he trudges through an abandoned airport. It has been abandoned because the human race has been practically obliterated as a result of the zombie apocalypse. But R is a little different. He has retained some of his intelligence. He wonders about how he came to be this way, and why he is different from his fellow airport residents. He resides in an empty plane, full of records and things he has swiped on his meal trips. The narration proves amusing, and far more literate than the zombie’s grunts and stuttered words.
Zombies exist of flesh and brains, but here the brains serve as more than a food source. When consumed, they let the zombie experience the human’s thoughts and feelings.
We are then introduced to Julie (Theresa Palmer, “I am Number Four”), the daughter of the leader of a compound of humans. They are out on a retrieval mission for supplies when R and his band of zombies ambush them. Here is where things get a little weird.
R, in all his oddness, seems to fall in love with Julie. Still narrating, he helps Julie escape the zombies and he attempts a greater effort at communication with her.
The movie progresses with our two characters learning about each other, and R seems to be recovering from his zombie state. As a result of the unusual relationship, other zombies seem to begin to recover. They, in turn, then assist in a battle with the “bonies” or zombies who are too far-gone to recover.
The movie is rated PG-13 for zombie violence and some language. Brains are consumed here. R takes leftovers with him to his plane and we see him munching on a handful of pink brains, so for those of a squeamish nature, snack time is generally a quick affair.