Warm Bodies: Final Preview - Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, February 1, 2013

Destined to carve out a path for the zom-rom-com (Zombie Romantic Comedy) genre, Warm Bodies hit the screens today. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at director Jonathan Levine's cinematic adaptation of Isaac Marion's popular novel of the same name. 

With 2013 fast spiralling into its second month, we find ourselves in an exciting position today with the release of one out of the two Hollywood zombie fare of the year. While World War Z, German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt's live action adaptation of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, is still no doubt what is generally perceived as the zombie film of the year due to its ambitious scope of a pseudo-realistic and gritty vision of a full-fledged zombie apocalypse, we here at The Daily Zombies have had our undead attention over another relatively smaller yet every bit as intriguing production: Warm Bodies, director Jonathan Levine's adaptation of the début novel of the same name by author Isaac Marion. 

Apart from its destined role in carving out a bloody path from the tried-and-true, run-of-the-mill, Hollywood zombie films in this post-AMC's The Walking Dead era, Warm Bodies is a bona fide romantic comedy that is also a clever iteration of the ultimate star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.  Based on Isaac Marion's début novel of the same name, Warm Bodies tells the tale from the perspective of a young member (and incidentally the most dashing of his kind) of the living dead who fell in love with a living girl after consuming the brains (and we supposed, the memories) of the living girl's suicidal boyfriend. 

In a potentially star-making turn, Nicholas Hoult (best known for his turn as Hank McCoy in X-Men: First Class) stars as the protagonist, R, the zombie, while Teresa Palmer (the show-stealing Number Six in I Am Number Four) will be starring as Julie Grigio, the living girl. R and Julie, if you get what I meant earlier. Directed by Jonathan Levine, who brought us the well-reviewed 50/50 earlier, Warm Bodies was also earlier reported to be heir to the throne of inconsequential film adaptation of Young Adult romance novel with a tinge of supernatural adventure. With Summit Entertainment also being the studio behind the eye-crawlingly boring Twilight film franchise, we can definitely see the connection although we politely rejected such stereotyping for now given the charming vibe one can feel with the trailers and promotional materials released thus far.

While zombie, as a sub-genre of horror and science fiction, is undoubtedly at its peak of the pop culture thanks to the never-ending hordes of Survival Horror video games as well as the mainstream success of the aforementioned live-action television adaptation of the acclaimed comic book series, the subject continues to be lacking on the cinematic end. With Warm Bodies, we can feel a sense of joy and vitality that is sorely needed for the genre. Like we have said before, while World War Z might be the zombie film with a brain, Warm Bodies might just be the one with a heart. And 2013 is still going to be a year to remember for zombie films.

And now, without further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailers and TV spots of the film.

The second trailer (head over to Yahoo! to view it in HD).

The first Trailer.

The TV spots.

Ahead of the film's release, Summit Entertainment has also released an interesting infographic with some nifty lessons on zombie anatomy. Hit the jump to check out the cool image.

The posters released thus far for the film.

And here are the posters released earlier.

Overseas poster.
Summit Entertainment has also released a slew of official images from the film.

Here's the official synopsis of the film: 

A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. 

An alternate synopsis for the film:

Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.

One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of “Not…eat” do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.

After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.

A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, WARM BODIES is a story about a boy who loves a girl…for more than just her body.

Warm Bodies is currently in fine theatres everywhere in US.


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