Due to the rise in the already popular zombie genre, it is no surprise we would be subject to exploring an alternative story, simply because of running out of fresh ideas.
I am amazed at how popular the zombie has gotten in recent years, as the once monopoly held by George Romero for so many years seems to be having an exhumation of fresh meat for fans of the genre. Warm bodies is what I would refer to as a zombie version of the uber successful Twilight series, the only difference being this film doesn’t suck.
The film starts off with the main character that goes simply by the letter R, played by Nicholas Hault, because that is all he remembers about his name. R is a zombie with a conscience who strives for a better existence. He still does the typical zombie stuff like killing people and eating their brains, but he genuinely feels bad about it and wished he didn’t feel the need for such behavior. On the other hand, he has accepted his new way of life.
One day, while on the hunt for some food, R encounters a group of people looking for medical supplies. As they are ambushed by the rest of the zombie group, R has his attention redirected to a young girl named Julie, played by Teresa Palmer. He chooses to save her from the rest of the zombie’s and takes her to his airplane turned zombie home.
R is seemingly changing back into a resemblance of the human he once was. He is fighting off the zombie plague and slowly transforming himself, which has a fun progression. The kicker is, his change in behavior is affecting the other zombies in a similar fashion and the zombies that haven’t rotted or ripped all of their skin off are also becoming human again.
Warm Bodies is a very fun watch. It isn’t the typical zombie film as it is more focused around the story and characters, which is what made it great! I would say it is as family friendly as a zombie flick could get, which normally would be a turn off for me, but in this case it worked.
I would recommend not getting this if you’re wanting violence because it’s probably the least violent zombie film ever made. I honestly can’t say I was ever disappointed at the lack of flesh tearing or bullets to the head. I don’t feel it was really necessary considering the premise of what the story was about.
I would have to say job well done to writer/director Jonathan Levine on making the most non-violent yet captivating zombie film ever made. I cannot say it is the best zombie film, but it is up there for keeping it fresh!
I give it 8 out of 10