I’ve just had the pleasure of watching the paranormal romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies.
After a zombie apocalypse, R, a zombie, spends his days wandering around an airport which is now filled with hordes of his fellow undead, including his best friend M. R and M achieve rudimentary communication with grunts and moans and “Eh’s” and occasional near-words. As a zombie, R constantly craves human flesh, especially brains, as he is able to “feel alive” through the memories of their former owners. The zombies travel in packs, moving very slowly, searching for victims to feed on. While out looking for food, R and a pack of zombies find Julie Grigio and a group of her friends, who were sent out by Julie’s father from a heavily-fortified, walled-off human enclave in a nearby city to recover medical supplies from abandoned buildings.
R sees Julie and is drawn to her. After being shot in the chest by Julie’s boyfriend, Perry, R kills Perry while Julie is distracted and eats his brain, giving R his thoughts and memories, making his attraction to Julie become even stronger. He rescues Julie from the rest of the pack and takes her back to an airplane he lives in at the airport to keep her safe. The two bond, causing R to slowly begin to come to life. After a few days, Julie gets restless, and tries multiple times to return home, yet attracts swarms of zombies every time, requiring R to rescue her. After fighting off a group of corpses, including M, R decides it is time to start driving back to the humans.
On the way, R reveals to her that he killed Perry, causing her to abandon R and return alone to the human enclave. R begins to make his way back to the airport, heartbroken. He then sees that M and other zombies are also beginning to show signs of life, making all of them targets for the Bonies. Bonies are skeletal zombies who have shed their flesh and have lost their humanity. They prey on anything with a heartbeat. So, R and M lead a group to the human enclave, where R sneaks inside the wall. There he meets Julie’s friend Nora, who is initially shocked.
When R reveals the other corpses have also been coming back to life, the three of them attempt to tell Colonel Grigio, Julie’s father and leader of the survivors. Colonel Grigio, however, refuses to believe corpses can change and threatens to kill R, almost succeeding until Nora pulls a gun on him. Julie and R escape to a baseball stadium where the rest of R’s group is waiting, but find themselves under attack by a horde of Bonies.
Julie and R run from the Bonies, finding themselves trapped. Taking the only escape route, R jumps with Julie into a pool far below, shielding her from the impact. After Julie pulls R from the bottom of the pool, they kiss passionately – and this triggers R to become fully revived. On finding them, Colonel Grigio shoots R in the chest and causes him to bleed, which proves he is fully revived. The humans and zombies combine forces and kill the Bonies while the rest die off, and the zombies slowly assimilate into human society.
Soon after, the human population destroys the walls surrounding the human society, creating a life for both humans and reanimated corpses much like the days before the apocalypse. The film ends with a now fully alive R and Julie watching a wall surrounding the city being blown down, signifying the end of the apocalypse.
It was very entertaining, light hearted, and a lot of fun. The acting and storyline were solid, with Nicholas Hoult once again impressing in the lead role, giving both an emotional, realistic and entertaining showing. I can’t recomend the film highly enough.
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