Movie review: Warm Bodies
FORBIDDEN love with the undead is not a new subject.
The allure, appeal and sexiness of vampires is easily apparent, the eternal good looks, superhuman powers, a glamorous night time existence, even the eroticism of their hunger bubbling below the surface.
The attraction is obvious.
But zombies, hmm less sexy.
Like the zombies in The Walking Dead those those carry the virus are mindless rotting cases of flesh with an insatiable, unstoppable, brutal hunger that can't be tamed with rational thought.
Not the ideal partner.
But what if zombies weren't just brainless, brutal carnivores?
What if they were actually human souls trapped in a body that has become their prison where they are unable to express feelings or remember who they were?
This is the premise of zom-rom-com Warm Bodies where we meet R (Nicholas Hoult), an undead with an identity crisis.
Shuffling along through a post-apocalyptic world, bemoaning his loneliness and questioning his existence, he eats the brain of a human survivor which comes with a side serve of memories and he finds himself developing feelings for the survivor's girlfriend, Julie (Teresa Palmer)
And so the ultimate forbidden love story begins and R finds himself becoming less and less undead.
This take on zombie lore is not for the zombie loving purists but it is a charming and interesting take on the genre.
Essentially it is a classic tale of Romeo and Juliet mixed in with a serving of science-fiction and horror questioning the age old question of just what it means to be human.
Hoult has just the right blend of vulnerability and cheeky charm and Palmer is as alluring as ever.
Filled with wry observations and offbeat, quirky humour director Jonathan Levine has pulled off a zom-rom-com with brains and heart, even if they are of the undead variety.
- Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
- Director: Jonathan Levine
- Rated: M
- Verdict: Three out of four stars