Warm Bodies is a 2013 American paranormal romantic zombie comedy film based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. Directed and written by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.
The film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie, a young woman, and “R”, a zombie, and how their eventual romance developed throughout. The film is noted for displaying human characteristics in zombie characters, and for being told from a zombies perspective.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Warm Bodies – Plot
After a zombie apocalypse, R, a zombie, wanders around an airport which is now filled with hordes of his fellow undead, including his friend M. R and M achieve rudimentary communication with grunts and moans and “Eh’s” and occasional near-words. As a zombie, R constantly craves human flesh, especially brains, as he is able to “feel alive” on the memories of their former owners. Julie Grigio and a group of her friends are sent out by Julie’s father from a heavily-fortified, walled-off human enclave in the city to recover medical supplies from abandoned buildings. R and a pack of zombies attack the group, R sees Julie and falls in love with her. After being shot in the chest by Julie’s boyfriend, Perry, R kills Perry and eats his brain, giving R his thoughts and memories making his love for Julie become even stronger. He rescues Julie from the rest of the pack and takes her back to an airplane he lives in at the airport to keep her safe. The two bond, causing R to slowly begin to come to life.
Eventually, Julie gets restless and convinces R to take her home. On the way, R reveals to her that he killed her boyfriend, causing her to abandon R and return alone to the human enclave. R begins to make his way back to the airport, heartbroken, but when he sees that M and other zombies are also beginning to show signs of life, he and M lead a group to the human enclave, where R sneaks inside the wall. There he meets Julie’s friend Nora and her father Colonel Grigio, leader of the human group. While Nora is grudgingly accepting, Colonel Grigio refuses to believe corpses can change and threatens to kill R. Julie and R escape to a baseball stadium where the rest of R’s group is waiting, but find themselves under attack by a horde of skeletal zombies (also known as “bonies”) who have irretrievably lost all traces of humanity, and are set on killing and eating anything with a heartbeat, which now includes R and his friends.
Julie and R run from the “bonies”, finding themselves trapped. Taking the only escape route, R jumps with Julie into a pool far below, and shielding her from the impact, and both of them survive the fall. Thrilled to be alive, they kiss passionately. However, Colonel Grigio shoots R in the shoulder, causing him to bleed and proving that he has become human again. The humans and zombies combine forces and kill the “bonies”, and the zombies slowly assimilate into human society. The human population destroys the walls surrounding the human society after the annihilation of the “bonie” population, creating a life for both humans and reanimated corpses much like the days before the apocalypse. The film ends with now-human R and Julie overlooking the city. Julie tells R to rename himself, but he decides to keep his name R, content with his new life.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Warm Bodies – Cast
Nicholas Hoult as R
Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio
Rob Corddry as M / Marcus
Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin
Analeigh Tipton as Nora
Cory Hardrict as Kevin
John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio
Patrick Sabongui as Hunting zombie
Justin Bradley as Unknown
Tod Fennell as Armed Patrol
Movie2k Watch Movies – Warm Bodies – Production
Actor Nicholas Hoult plays the zombie R in the feature film, written and directed by Jonathan Levine. The film also starred Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio, Rob Corddry as M, and John Malkovich as General Grigio. Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, and Cory Hardrict also appear.
The studio Summit Entertainment backed the film, which was produced by Bruna Papanadrea, David Hoberman, and Todd Lieberman and executive produced by Laurie Webb and Cori Shepherd Stern. The zombies can barely talk in the film, so extensive voice-overs were used to express their thoughts.
Levine said even though this is a love story that involves zombies, he hoped people wouldn’t try to put the film into one category and zombie enthusiasts would be open to a new twist on the genre. “I think this movie takes the mythology in a different direction, and I think there is a lot there for die-hard zombie fans,” he explained. “We’re encouraging people to be open-minded, because it does take some liberties with the mythology, but at the same time, it’s very grounded in the science of zombie-ism and uses that as a springboard for a more fantastical story. It may be divisive, but I think there’s a lot there for zombie fans if they’re open-minded to a new take on it, and I hope they can.” Actress Palmer said, “For me, the core of the story is that love breeds life back into people. That human connection saves us. People who have had those lights dimmed inside them, when they fall in love they get brighter.”
Warm Bodies began shooting in Montréal, Québec, Canada in September 2011, and was released in the U.S. on February 1, 2013.
Levine told USA Today that R attempts “to do a lot of things to varying degrees of success. Driving, for instance. Let’s just say his hand-eye coordination is not what it needs to be.” Nicholas Hoult and other zombie actors practiced with circus performers to achieve the right body moves. Hoult explained, “There were some days with the Cirque du Soleil people and we would take our shoes off in a dance studio and we would kind of grow out of the wall and make our bodies feel very heavy. It’s one of those things where you think about it a lot but you just have to try it out and see what works. Then Jonathan [Levine] would say either ‘too much or little less’, we didn’t want to go over the top with it.” Hoult told another reviewer that he “he drew a lot of his inspiration from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands,” saying he thought of that movie “as a zombie film, whether it was or not. Because you had to feel sorry for Edward… I was thinking of Edward when I did R.”
Warm Bodies – Release
Warm Bodies was released on January 31, 2013 in the Philippines, Greece, and Russia. It was released on February 1, 2013 in the United States, on February 7, 2013 in Italy and on February 8, 2013 in the United Kingdom. Warm Bodies’ international release spans from January 31-April 11, 2013.
IMDb’s Keith Simanton predicted Warm Bodies would win the weekend box office with US$17.4 million, despite competing with that weekend’s Sunday Super Bowl XLVII.
Warm Bodies – Critical Reception
The film has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It holds a 78% certified “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 136 reviews, with an average score of 6.6/10. The sites consensus reads: “It may not take full advantage of its quirky, possibility-rich premise, but Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists.” It holds a Metacritic score of 58 out of 100, based on 37 reviews, indicating “mixed to average” reviews.
Richard Lawson of Slant Magazine said “The ubiquity of Shakespeare’s original template allows Warm Bodies some leeway in terms of believability, where otherwise it sometimes strains against its own logic. But the film’s persistent charm encourages us to look past a few festering surface wounds and see the human heart beating inside, which is really what love is all about.” and awarded the film 3 out of 4 stars. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times deemed the film “a well-paced, nicely directed, post-apocalyptic love story with a terrific sense of humor and the, um, guts to be unabashedly romantic and unapologetically optimistic.” He added that the movie “isn’t perfect. It’s a shame those Bonies are mediocre special-effects creations that run with a herky-jerky style… But those are minor drawbacks…” Mary Pols of TIME called it “an inventive charmer that visits all the typical movie scenarios of young love amid chaos and disaster… There are so many clever lines and bits of physical comedy worth revisiting that the movie seems like a likely cult classic.”
Digital Spy gave it 3 out of 5 stars and called it “a truly deadpan romantic comedy” and “a witty reinvention of the genre like Shaun of the Dead before it, drawing parallels between the apathy of youth and the zombie masses,” adding, “Hoult gets to deliver a wickedly dry voiceover.” Chris Packham of The Village Voice said in a negative review that “The film’s intentions are way too good for its own good, producing bloodless romance and more shamefully bloodless carnage. Nobody kisses anyone else until it becomes clear that both parties have pulses, and everyone gets to keep all their limbs.” Michael O’Sullivan said in his 1 and a half star review for The Washington Post that the film is “Cute without being especially clever, it’s as pallid and as brain-dead as its zombie antihero…It’s less funny and self-aware than “Shawn of the Dead,” less swooningly romantic than “Twilight” and less scary than pretty much anything else out there with zombies in it.”
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