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.
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.