With Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich
Written by Jonathan Levine (based on the book by Isaac Marion)
The zombie genre has become such an integral and socially accepted part of our entertainment world, that the grisly idea of dead people craving and chowing down on human flesh does not seem as scary or threatening anymore.
The super low-budget British movie Colin was an innovative take on the genre from the zombie’s perspective. Warm Bodies follow a similar path but try to add a sense of comedy (and romance).
The world is overrun by an inexplicable zombie apocalypse and our protagonist is an afflicted young man wandering around adisused airport. His inner narrative is more self-aware than the mindless ones we expect, questioning his state, the condition of his fellow zombies, his desires and passions. I did not find his narration’s attempts at being humorous as successful when inflicted upon me, but many an audience will enjoy it. His zombie walk is more like that of a dorky teenager (or in fact, like Ashton Kutcher in the Jobs biopic!).
Anyhow, he saves an unifected girl (after eating her boyfriend's brain – this has the benefit of giving zombies a flash of the victim’s memory, allowing a glimpse of what it was like being human). This is the method by which they get to show flashbacks of the girl and her boyfriend.
He slowly manages to communicate with her (while hiding her from his fellow flesh eaters who want a snack), but also plays music in his pad set up in an old airplane. His feelings start to surface and she realizes he's more than a hunk of dead meat as he slowly starts to communicate with monosyllabic groans. More zombies start to display these tendencies while her dad (a hard-ass militant government head) is set on wiping them all out. An extra breed of skeleton-like zombies are also prowling and a threat to all.
Unfortunately, there is a make-over scene… the crappy trying-on-stuff cheap laugh staple I despise! (Incl. funny sunglasses, as well as teaching him to drive). But it is brief enough.
Sure, it’s not exactly realism here, but you can’t help thinking of things within a real life context, like who is running the power plant to drive stuff like escalators at the airport...
Still, the movie does have a different swing.
Music by Marco Beltrami (who has scored movies like Resident Evil, Scream and The Hurt Locker), with songs like Guns n’ Roses and a rendition of Scorpions included.
3 / C
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished