Certificate 12A, 98 minutes
Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Warm Bodies is based on the book of the same name by Isaac Marion. It's set in a world after a zombie apocalypse has wiped out most of the population. Apart from a few survivors, the rest of the world has been zombified. There are two types of zombies; the normal corpses and the "Boneys" which are almost fleshless undead and are the eventual fate of the normal zombies.
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So far, the film seems pretty standard. Zombie apocalypse, zombie hordes and a few humans struggling to survive. At this point it gets a bit different. Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse) stars as "R" who is a zombie and the main focus of the film. Much of the film is told from his viewpoint and includes a fair amount of (often pretty funny) mental narration from R - he is still struggling to actually speak and therefore doesn't talk much, even with his best friend M (Rob Corddry). R is somewhat different, even from the rest of the zombies; he has a fair amount of leftover skills and can actually remember how to do things. Many of the corpses zombies don't behave quite like your typical brainless undead either.
Viewers familiar with the story may notice similarities between the plot of the film and that of one of William Shakespeare’s more famous plays. This isn't a coincidence; said play was the inspiration for the film. This is a rom-com with a bit of a difference; there's the traditional star crossed lovers with a situation that is standing in the way of their relationship - she's a human, he's an undead zombie that eats brains to survive. Warm Bodies is not one of your normal zombie films; although there is some action, don't expect to be watching one of the more standard films where survivors are fighting off the zombie hordes. Instead, this concentrates much more on the interaction between R and Julie, and between the rest of the zombies themselves. Any sort of interaction beyond the standard hunting humans to eat them is somewhat unusual.
Paranormal romances have become quite common in recent years; although a relationship between a human and one of the undead is far from unusual, having one of the pair be a zombie is a bit different to the norm. Perhaps due to the Shakespearean influence the story in this film is quite a bit better than that of most of the paranormal romances around. It pays to have the right mindset when you watch the film; don't watch it expecting a normal zombie film or you will be disappointed. Think Shaun of the Dead with a rather unusual love story in it. Warm Bodies is well worth a watch.