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Warm Bodies is a different spin on the classic zombie tale. In fact, it’s a zombie love story. The movie follows Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named R who gets his humanity back when he meets a human named Julie. It’s a Romeo and Juliet story like we’ve never seen, and we’ve been interested to see how it will play out ever since it was announced.
Well, now we finally have a chance to. The first trailer for Warm Bodies has arrived, and it’s as crazy as we had hoped it would be. This zombie world is different than ones we’ve seen before, with traditional zombie action mixed in with a love story. And once R’s heart starts beating again, everything we know about zombies is shot to hell as the undead creatures actually start becoming human again.
Warm Bodies is a concept that easily couldn’t work, but based on this trailer, it seems like it will with flying colors. The film is due in theaters on Feb. 1. Ah, what a lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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.