Warm Bodies is a slacker zombie romance film with heart.
It does owe a debt to the Twilight movies as well as Romeo and Juliet. The soundtrack helps a lot as well.
Set in a post apocalyptic America. Human survivors are small in number and live within an enclosed wall of their city.
Grigio (John Malkovich) the militant leader send sends a group out to look for food. This includes his daughter Julie (Teresa Palmer) and her boyfriend Perry.
They are attacked by some zombies that includes R (Nicholas Hoult) who eats Perry's brain and in doing so relives Perry's memories.
R saves Julie and they hide out in a plane. They both seek out fun such as driving a fast car. R finds that he is changing such as being able to dream again. Other zombies in his group also start to change developing emotions and speaking again.
It is only the bonies who are skeletal zombies who are pure evil.
Writer/Director Jonathan Levine does something refreshing and even fun with the zombie genre. Warm Bodies is offbeat, it does not all make sense and it certainly lacks gore.
Reviewed by Leofwine_draca2 / 10
Twilight with zombies
Yeah, WARM BODIES is a mess, and unlikely to thrill the viewer unless they're an American teenager, because this film is squarely aimed at the TWILIGHT market. In fact it's pretty much TWILIGHT with zombies instead of vampires, and it's a film that serves to thrust post-modern mindless slacker humour down the throat of the viewer at every opportunity. Needless to say that I hated every moment, and sitting through it was a chore indeed.
The unlikeable Nicholas Hoult plays 'R', one of many zombies in a post-apocalyptic world, who inherits the memory and emotion of a random jock guy when he eats his brain. He ends up falling in love with the guy's girlfriend, a blonde bimbo type whose name I can't even recall. John Malkovich co-stars as the girl's tough dad and you feel sorry for him being mired in such an outing.
The plot is essentially Romeo and Juliet, but with lots of laughs and undead jokes along the way. There's some supernatural stuff thrown in too, like a twist involving the whole zombie epidemic thing which I didn't much care for. Plus, with the zombies being good guys for once, there has to be a breed of super-zombie as the real villain, which is all nonsensical. Anyway I was never going to love this film as it's the sort of soft, mainstream nonsense I automatically hate; your mileage may vary.
Reviewed by claudio_carvalho8 / 10
I Loved This Cute Movie
In a post-apocalyptic United States of America, the survivors live in a city surrounded by walls that separate them from the living dead. Their leader Grigio (John Malkovich) sends a group of teenagers, including his daughter Julie (Teresa Palmer), her boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) and her friend Nora (Analeigh Tipton), to the outside to collect food and supplies for the population. However, they are surprised by a group of zombies. Among them, R (Nicholas Hoult), who is a young zombie without recollections but very introspective.
R eats Perry's brain and revives his memories and sensations with Julie, and he falls in love with her. R saves Julie from the other zombies and hides her in the plane where he lives. Along the days, they develop a weird relationship and become friends. When a group of zombies led by R's friend M (Rob Corddry) finds Julie, R protects her. Soon the zombies including R change their emotions and are capable to dream. But the fearful Bonies are seeking out Julie and R to eat them.
"Warm Bodies" is a movie that combines comedy with romance, horror and action genres. The story is brainless since the very beginning; for example, a group of teenagers go to a dangerous environment without any skilled soldier to help them. But the delightful story is worthwhile; the zombie with existential crisis is adorable; Julie comparing R with the cover of Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" in Blu-Ray is cult; the chemistry and the romance are adorable and in the end I loved this cute movie. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Meu Namorado é um Zumbi" ("My Boyfriend is a Zombie")