Ariana St. Pierre – Arts Editor
With all the vampire love stories starting to die off, the next logical jump would be a zombie love story, right? That is exactly what “Warm Bodies” aims to accomplish. Directed by Jonathan Levine and set in a post-apocalyptic city, zombies roam free while humans dwell behind a fortified section of the city.
The zombies of “Warm Bodies” are distinctly more human-like than that of their traditional zombie counterparts from “Night of the Living Dead” or “The Walking Dead.” They gimp, groan, and desire human flesh. However, they have the ability to think and mutter out several coherent words. They can even view the memories of their victims by ingesting the victim’s brains.
The protagonist, a zombie named R, played by Nicholas Hoult, lives in an airport airplane. He enjoys listening to vinyl rock records while he collects little knick-knack items and seems to be a zombie hoarder of sorts. R joins a hunting party with his zombie friend M, played by Rob Corddry.
The two venture into the city for some tasty humans. It is there they cross paths with a group of young zombie hunters out from behind the wall in search of supplies. R spots Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, and is instantly smitten with her. His heart reanimates and he vows to protect his new found love.
R takes Julie back to the airport and she learns how very different R is from the other flesh-crazed zombies. They form a special relationship while struggling to survive. R’s love for Julie makes him increasingly more human and this, in turn, infects other zombies who begin to become human once again. R and Julie set off a chain of events that can cure the world of the undead.
“Warm Bodies” is the Romeo and Juliet story of the zombie apocalypse. It is a tad superficial and even a little corny at times. However, for what it is, it’s a cute love story providing a few witty comments. Despite it being a zombie flick, the gore is minimal. It’s an exciting new twist for the romantic-comedy genre with the idea that love is far more contiguous than any plague.