Zombies Invade UWS!

The 2013 block­buster film, Warm Bod­ies hit the the­aters in Erlen­bach Hall, right here at UWS. The Res­i­dence Hall Asso­ci­a­tion was able to bring the pop­u­lar film to cam­pus for the hefty price of just around $300. RHA and com­pany plan on pro­vid­ing the school with twelve fea­ture films over the course of the year.

Erlen­bach Hall was sparsely occu­pied on Wednes­day night, per­haps shel­ter­ing ten or so peo­ple in all. There were snacks avail­able includ­ing free sodas and pop­corn. Among those present were Mack Peters, pres­i­dent of RHA, Codi Gleesing, Amber Brock, and oth­ers includ­ing your author.

The film opened with a red hoodie clad young man, no older than 25 or so, a zom­bie who can barely mum­ble a word. Which is strange because he him­self pro­vides nar­ra­tion through­out the film. As the open­ing titles roll, this zom­bie virus infected lead char­ac­ter makes his way through a deserted air­port. He offers the audi­ence a brief intro­duc­tion into the world he lives in: post-viral out­break, zom­bies crawl­ing and eat­ing strag­gling humans. The sur­viv­ing humans hide behind a huge man-made wall sep­a­rat­ing the liv­ing from the undead. The open­ing dragged on for over ten min­utes, and in a 98 minute film, that is a sub­stan­tial amount. The nar­ra­tor men­tions how he felt “lit­er­ally lost”. Your hum­ble author whis­pered under his breath, “me too, brother”.

The film, based on the book by the same title by Isaac Mar­ion, tells the story of a zom­bie called R (as a part of the undead, he can’t remem­ber his name; just that it started with the let­ter R), played by Eng­lish actor Nicholas Hault, and a charm­ing but slow to believe love inter­est named Julie. Julie is por­trayed by Autralian actress Teresa Palmer. Dave Franco, of the Franco Broth­ers, plays her ex-boyfriend who falls vic­tim to the zom­bies, namely R.

The Main Char­ac­ter R is a Zom­bie Under­go­ing a Change

In a very strange turn of events, Julie’s father, who leads the colony of humans (and is played by a won­der­ful John Malkovich), sends her into the world infested by the walk­ing dead in search of med­i­cine. The scene is set for the fate­ful meet­ing between the warm hearted flesh-eater R, and the daugh­ter of the most pow­er­ful man in the coun­try. The rest is yours to find out on your own.

I don’t really have any cri­tiques, com­plaints, or many com­pli­ments for this movie. Franco plays an excel­lent dick, as in all his roles so far. The one main com­pli­ment I must pay this fea­ture is for its sound­track. The film con­sis­tently offered great back­ground tunes dur­ing what­ever activ­ity the main char­ac­ter were doing. Artists included Jimmy Cliff, Feist, Bon Iver, and Delta Spirit. In fact, one scene involved the two char­ac­ters play­ing old records. They decide to play Roy Orbison’s clas­sic tune Pretty Woman. Half way through the song, they rip it off and air some­time much more alternative.

Upon closer inspec­tion, this film is a ground­break­ing phe­nom­e­non. This is the first I can think of that uniquely blends the rom-com genre with what I want to call sci­ence fic­tion only because the zom­bie genre has just yet to be on its own, just yet. There is a plethora of vio­lence spot­ted with touch­ing moments. Warm Bodies con­tin­ues the Twi­light tra­di­tion of dat­ing out­side your own species. I give it a solid two out of four stars. Omit the sound­track and it’s deserved MAYBE half a star.

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