Since the zombie epidemic broke out eight years ago, R has lived out most of his days shuffling around the local airport, having “almost conversations” with his zombie best friend M (Rob Corddry) and jamming out to Police songs on the record player he has stashed. Oh, and he also eats brains.
One day while out grabbing lunch with a few of his buddies, R helps himself to the brains of Perry (Dave Franco). When R eats brains, he actually can watch the person’s memories. After seeing Perry’s memories, R falls in love with Perry’s girlfriend, Julie (Teresa Palmer), who is reloading her gun only a few feet away.
Instantly taken with her, R smears some brains on her cheek (apparently enough so the other zombies can’t smell her living flesh) and brings her back to the airport. Out of ammo, and very confused by the turn of events, Julie has no choice but to follow.
The two bond and Julie finds herself falling for a corpse. The love that the unlikely pair shares starts to change R and the other zombies. They begin to regain their compassion and human emotions, slowly coming back to life.
Not everyone is happy with this change of events, though. The “Bonies” are severely malnourished and cruel zombies who resent the love Julie and R have for each other and come after them. Julie also has difficulty getting her human friends and her militarist father to accept R.
“Warm Bodies” has a fresh take on the whole zombie-apocalypse plotline, which has been overdone by Hollywood. I had never heard of a zombie being able to re-live memories by eating victims’ brains before, nor had I heard of a zombie falling for a human. It is refreshing to watch something else besides zombie stereotypes.
However, the idea of a forbidden love between a zombie and human (R and Julie, in a nod to “Romeo and Juliet”) is hard to swallow, and at times, “Warm Bodies” overdoes it with its “love conquers all” theme.So try to open your mind before you see this movie, or your cynical side will not let you enjoy its funny one-liners and star-studded cast.