Review: Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm BodiesCharismatic, funny and subtle with just the right punch – this film is about a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) narrating his life living with fellow zombies in an abandoned airport after a seemingly medical apocalypse separating the un-dead and the very small number of humans living in a walled city. Off to look for humans (for food,) R’s group encountered a group of humans on a mission to scavenge medical supplies from an abandon warehouse. On that raid, R killed a young man and eats his brain, absorbing his memories (which according to him earlier – eating the brains of their victims make them more alive.) He then sees the young man’s girlfriend named Julie (Teresa Palmer) but instead of eating her, she was rescued by R from the other zombies and smeared her with blood to cover her scent. R then took Julie to the plane where he lives to keep her safe.

The film was very enjoyable. The mere premise of Zombies having social life is a thought entertaining enough to make you curious to see the film. I was surprised to see the sheer similarity of Teresa Palmer here to Kristen Stewart – well, physically. I much preferred Palmer’s acting. Nicholas Hoult was adorable. I love his awkwardness – it feels so raw yet believable.

That moment when he was absorbing Julie’s memories by eating Julie’s boyfriend’s brain little by little and finally having a dream – affirming his “awakening humanity” was the highlight of the film which made R realized that they can actually interact with humans again (kinda spoiler-ish, sorry).
There’s nothing to really rave about the film. It was altogether a decent deadpan romantic flick which you would enjoy tremendously as part of your list in a “movie marathon night” that you’d be having a few months from now.
Rating: 8/10
Based on     Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starrin: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict, John Malkovich
@Gateway Cinema 2 Feb.19.2013
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