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Warm Bodies (2013) freezes on originality

October 28, 2013
Photo Credit:  Warm Bodies / Summit Entertainment
Based on the young adult novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, R (Nicholas Hault) is a zombie, but not one without feelings or thoughts. He just can't express himself - well because he's dead.

R narrates his solace point of view about what he misses from his ordinary life of eating flesh - communication, connection, love. His days and nights are spent roaming an abandoned airport with his friends and eating people where he can get them.

Life is pretty boring until late one evening R is surprised by beautiful yet kick-ass Julie (Teresa Palmer) and her crew searching for medical supplies. Saving her from an attack by his peers, but also eating her boyfriend and harnessing his memories, R takes refuge with Julie in the airport. Even in his own community, R hides away into a safe area to keep all to himself.

I'm not sure how the movie fares as an adaptation compared to the book since I haven't read it yet. For me, Hoult's narration as R about his daily life and the growing crush he has on Julie definitely carries the film. It was an aspect of the story that had it been cast differently could have changed the tone of Julie and R's relationship.

Though Warm Bodies was loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, R and Julia's relationship was more fit as a Tarzan and Jane .

Julia, like Jane, has grown up to believe the undead can only cause harm. Her protective father is a leader of a militarized zone where he has waged war against zombies. He and others like him are unsympathetic to the zombies' plight and are determined to wipe them off the planet.

While she's pulled off of dangerous expedition s with her friends and has seen her fair share of action on the field, a part of her that is still civilized to the species she doesn't completely understand. After all, R saved her and doesn't make any moves to cause harm towards her. How could he really want to kill her?

Spending time with R, she grows to understand that there is more life behind the undead than what everyone has been led to believe. During their first date, R shows off his wicked collection of trinkets and DJs oldies on a vintage record player. So he isn't all "entirely dead" after all.

Though not raised in a jungle by wild animals like Tarzan, R is a confused, regretful and torn corpse. His actions aren't purely his choices. In the few scenes where he is expressionless wandering around the airport, gobbling up flesh - we know from his narration that he is not proud of his behavior. He is a product of his environment, has adapted to his condition and the deadly consequences it has reaped.

By making a connection and sympathizing with R, they both learn how to unlock what seemed to have kept the undead unapproachable and unstoppable. What stops Julie from saving R and the zombie race from being totally slaughtered is her father (John Malkovich). He takes a bit more convincing to step away from the protective walls he stands behind and let love be the cure.

Though ending a bit too quickly, and wishing more worldbuilding between human and zombie world, the coming-of-death love story brings a bit more life to the lifeless zombie genre. The relationship between Julie and R is a sweet romance that definitely sticks out in the teen supernatural genre. Directed by Jonathan Levine Warm Bodies uncannily mixes the angst humor of The Breakfast Club with Shaun the Dead gore.

Rating: ★☆☆
Have you seen Warm Bodies? What did you think?

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