The first four minutes of director Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel, Warm Bodies, has landed on-line. The story of a zombie with a heart and a love interest actually looks quite good. It took me some time to buy into the idea, but after seeing the trailer I was impressed. Now that the first four minutes have arrived, I am sold!
The clever camera work where the background jumps from happier times back to the zombie world is quite cool, and Nicholas Hoult appears to be having a great time playing the zombie called “R” (he can’t remember the rest of his name). The zombies themselves are pretty decent, and R’s voiceover gives plenty of explanation and thought into the zombie epidemic. It is a highly amusing and quite fresh feeling four minutes, finishing off with a truly hilarious meeting between R and his best friend. Check out the video, courtesy of Fandango, below.
Warm Bodies is directed by Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) and he also wrote the screenplay based on Isaac Marion’s novel. The cast includes Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich, Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Rob Corddry.
Warm Bodies arrives in UK cinemas 8th February 2013.
Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.
One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of “Not…eat” do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.
After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.
A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, WARM BODIES is a story about a boy who loves a girl…for more than just her body.
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