With much of the world’s population now an undead horde, R is a young and introspective zombie. While fighting with and feeding on a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the beginning of a strangely warm relationship that allows R to begin regaining his humanity. As this change spreads through the local undead population like a virus, Julie and R eventually have to face a larger issue when the very nature of their friendship is challenged. Caught between the paranoid human forces and the ferocious “Bonies”, zombies who are a mutual threat, R and Julie must find a way common bond bridge the differences each sides must overcome so that they all fight for a better world no one thought possible.
So I finally got around to seeing the Zom/Com “Warm Bodies I was in no rush to watch it since from all the promo I had seen lead me to believe that it was a Zombie film aimed for the “Twilight” market of middle class suburban girls , but that said I am a big Teresa Palmer fan – so I knew that I would eventually get around to watching it.
I read an interview with Danny Boyle (of 28 days later ) where he said he would love to make 28 months later but felt the whole Zombie genre is over saturated – what with Zombies on TV (the Walking Dead) The big Hollywood Summer Block buster Zombie film (world war z) I can kind of see where he is coming from even if I don’t agree for my own selfish purposes (haha). So this leaves us with people trying to put new spins on the Zombie tale like the recent British Trilogy “In the Flesh” – reviewed here which is told from the Zombies point of view. Ironically during the whole Twilight mania a few years back (human girl meets Vampire boy) I kind of joked around saying they can never do that with Zombies as they are all blood and guts – etc etc. In fact if my aging memory serves me right SNL actually did a piss take of Twilight called Firelight where there was a f-ed up Frankenstein type monster into a girl.
Ok so with that all said – whats the verdict on the film? Eh…well you know if I was a 16 year old middle class girl I would have probably enjoyed it – however for most of us Zombie fans – its really not our thing and don’t get me wrong its not the lack of gore that I really have an issue with as I am still convinced you can make a terrifying Zombie film with minimal gore. Basically this is just Romeo and Juliet for the Twilight Zombie brigade in fact the main guys name is “R” (romeo? and the lead girl is Julie (Juliet – geddit?)
So bottom line , is its good to see writers and directors pushing the boundaries with their spin on the Zombie tale but unless you have a 16yo sister or daughter then this isn’t going to be for you.
Check the trailer here: