When I heard director Jonathan Levine was spearheading the production of Warm Bodies, adapting Isaac Marion’s novel himself, it made me giddy. Here was the man who also brought us 50/50, the film I thought deserved 2011’s Best Picture honor. Levine is no stranger to the horror genre, his All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is one of the better horror movies you’ve never seen. But even Romeo and Juliet would be impressed with the star-crossed lovers in Warm Bodies.
R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie. He spends his days wandering airport terminals infested with his fellow undead, many of whom still spend their days at whatever tasks they had before the zombie outbreak. The rest of his free time is spent staring and grunting at best friend M (Rob Corddry) when they’re not slowly looking for food. Things take a drastic change when R chases down a collection of armed teens searching for medical supplies. After he kills Julie’s (Teresa Palmer) boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco), taking Perry’s brains to go, he saves Julie and leads her to his “home” inside an airplane.
Now R is keeping Julie safe until the others forget she was there. But M can’t help but wonder what’s going on inside the airplane thanks to the lights being on and sappy ’80s music blaring. Somehow, over the course of a few days, Julie begins to see that R is not like the other zombies. There’s still something special inside him. Julie also starts to make R’s heart beat, setting in motion a string of events that will change everything not just for the zombies, but for all mankind as well. Even if it goes against every bone in Julie’s father Grigio’s (John Malkovich) body.