Oh, young love, it’s a powerful thing indeed. Powerful enough to bring the dead back to life? We’ve seen it in movies before, and that certainly seems to be the idea behind the new zombie romantic comedy, Warm Bodies. Back from the dead might be a bit misleading; it’s more like back from the undead. As you can clearly see in this latest, 60-second trailer, love seems to be a cure for what ails the common zombie.
Set in post-zombie-apocalypse world, Warm Bodies tells the gored-up version of the Romeo and Juliet story. R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie. Shambling around, looking for flesh to gorge on, his thoughts don’t run much deeper than a quick “nice watch,” before chowing down on some poor sucker’s arm. That is, until he meets Julie (Teresa Palmer). She stirs something deep inside of R, both physically and emotionally. Gradually he becomes more and more human as the unlikely couple forms an interesting bond, much to the chagrin of Julie’s dad (John Malkovich). If your little girl brought home a rotting pile of reanimated flesh and introduced him as her boyfriend, you’d be pretty pissed off too. Don’t try to deny it.
Over the years I’ve been accused of being a zombie-purist (though I think I’m pretty flexible on the matter), so there are some issues with the idea of zombies being cognizant, even a little. Whether or not Warm Bodies succeeds will largely depend on how well they set up the logic and reason of the world. Without reading Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, it’s hard to comment on how well the source material handles the aspect of how the zombies come to be, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Warm Bodies is an interesting idea. My biggest fear, however, is that they’re trying to manufacture another Twilight, that they’re going to sacrifice the entire history of the genre just to have a hunky teen lead.
Warm Bodies shuffles into theaters February 1st, just in time for Valentine’s Day.