Warm Bodies is based off of Isaac Marion’s popular novel of the same name. The author originally wrote a short story called, I Am a Zombie Filled with Love which became an internet sensation nearly three years ago before Atria Books acquired the publishing rights for the full novel back in 2010. The full length story known as Warm Bodies was published in 2011.
The book jacket says, “’R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.” In a post apocalyptic America destroyed by war, disease and
the loss of humans hunger from the growing number of the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) falls for a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). For an unknown reason he chooses to spare her life rather then making her a meal. He craves something more then just blood. Well actually there is a reason, to ensure that a killed human doesn’t come back to life as a corpse you have to eat their brain. By doing so it allows you to see their memories and have their feelings. Causing R to make an unexpected choice to save the victim’s girlfriend which breaks all the rules. Their strange relationship begins to change R. He’s becoming more human every day that passes and it’s beginning to catch on to the other corpses as well as they remember how to feel. R wants to live. And Julie wants to help him but it isn’t going to be easy to convince the humans. In the rotting world they’re stuck living; Julie, R and the other zombies won’t go down without a fight. This comedic love story is tale about the power of human connection and one you don’t want to miss.
Like the various trailers for this film the movie opens with a witty and clever introduction to the zombie apocalypse and R’s world. The hilarious commentary pulls the audience in from the very beginning and keeps your eyes attached to the screen until the very end. The humans spend their time killing zombies and trying to save their family members from becoming one of them. The cure is to live. That was unknown to everyone until Julie and R helped them realize. As the minutes on the clock rolled by they were running out of time to convince the humans as the bonies (zombies that have worn away to become only skeletons) were also getting closer to killing them themselves. The bonies were not happy about R saving Julie and wanted them both dead as well as the rest of the zombies who weren’t on their side. R makes the final choice to save Julie when they fall many feet into a pool of water. Miraculously they both live. After Julie kisses R you see his pupils get bigger and his eyes become blue, the final transformation. When they pull away Julie’s father shoots R only for Julie to notice that he’s bleeding and corpses do not bleed. He actually became human from living.
Fun fact: The film and book make various references to the famous tragic love story Romeo and Juliet. The most obvious being the main characters names; ‘R’ and ‘Julie’ for ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet.’ There’s also a scene in the movie where Julie’s outside on her friend Nora’s balcony and R is standing at the bottom. He can’t get caught by any humans because they’d shoot him dead within seconds. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Nicholas Hoult is an amazing actor. Watching him on screen, you can’t help but fall for his character. It’s the same way I felt when I first saw him in X Men: First Class. I don’t know if there’s anyone who could’ve played this part better then him, specifically when it came to those subtle expressions. Spot on. I really enjoyed Rob Corddry who played M, another Zombie and R’s best friend. He was the lucky actor who got to swear the most and make some really great comments. Teresa Palmer was someone i’ve never heard of before this film. I thought she did a really great job even if I think it should’ve been me making out with Nick instead. Yeah, i’m just a little bitter…
Make sure to check out Warm Bodies next week when it hits theatres on Friday February 1, 2013.