Are you ready for the end of the Twilight saga? (uhm,… yes?)
Well, to fill the void after November, there’s this film based on the YA novel by Isaac Marion — Warm Bodies. It’s the story of a zombie known as R, who starts to experience the emotions and memories of his victim after devouring his brains. Enter victim’s girlfriend, Julie. And instead of attacking her, R goes and rescues her.
It’s a romance. A zombie romance. With the zombie falling for a non-zombie.
The movie stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer; directed by Jonathan Levine, who acknowledges the film’s influences include Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland in addition to the traditional shuffling zombie flicks. “…yes, they were both influences. But just as many, many other films were influences, including zombie movies that didn’t have comedic elements. I think that the thing that was most influential about those films was just how unique they were. So it’s sort of a contradiction in terms to say that they were influences, because we’re trying to be unique as well. But certainly, tonally I think they helped lay the groundwork for what we’re trying to do.”
Levine also says The Hunger Games had an impact in just how far he could take the gore and still get a PG-13 rating.
The trailer will debut with the next (and last) Twilight movie, and Levine is hoping to capture that audience for this romance, which essentially does for zombies what the Twilight saga did for vampires. Only the zombies in Warm Bodies don’t sparkle.
Here’s the full synopsis:
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.
This one’s out February 1st, just in time for Valentine’s Day. So… date movie for those of you not waiting for A Good Day to Die Hard.