It’s the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and R (Nicholas Hoult, Jack the Giant Slayer), like many of the undead, spends his days wandering the airport, venturing out only to find human flesh. Turns out, some zombies have potential for romance. Enter Julie Grigio (Teresa Palmer, Take Me Home Tonight), who R feels an immediate attraction to that only intensifies when he eats her boyfriend’s brains, an act that allows him to view certain highlights of the recently-dead’s love life.
R makes it his personal goal to save the blonde from the horde of zombies by hiding out and having her pretend to be one of them when necessary. In the meantime, they just may have to fall in love. Such a premise should come off silly and forced. But writer/director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50) rarely exaggerates and treats R and Julie’s romance as genuine, and so Warm Bodies never comes off as yet another spoof.
Warm Bodies, a zom-rom-com (or is it rom-zom-com?) adapted from Isaac Marion’s book of the same name, is consistently clever: R likens our cell phone-obsessed culture as the real zombies; R mutters, “God, we’re slow…this could take a while,” while on the hunt for food; Julie’s imitation of zombies, no doubt inspired by movies she’s seen, proves “too much.”
Topped off with strong soundtrack choices—from Guns n’ Roses and Bon Iver to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen (“Hungry Heart,” naturally)—and a solid, young cast (Hoult and Palmer have a fantastic chemistry), Warm Bodies is one of the more enjoyable movies of the pre-summer season.
Boy Meets, Er, Doesn’t Eat Girl (9:49): This featurette goes into how Warm Bodies went from novel to movie. Included are interviews and clips.
R&J (16:21) explores the love story found at the heart of Warm Bodies.
A Little Less Dead (16:41): Hoult, Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, and more sit down to discuss their characters and working on the movie.
Extreme Zombie Makeover! (10:11) looks at the efforts of makeup artist Adrien Morot, who earned an Oscar nomination for Barney’s Version.
A Wreck in Progress (14:59) spotlights the shooting locations.
Bustin’ Caps (10:09): Here, Palmer discusses some of the action sequences in the movie.
Beware the Boneys (7:03) looks at the more vicious zombies in the movie—the ones who don’t fall in love and listen to Guns n’ Roses.
Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies (12:38) offers selections of footage Palmer shot on the set.
Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry (4:43): This amusing clip features Corddry, who plays M in Warm Bodies, on Screen Junkies.
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (11:11): There are nine here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “Alternate Boney Intro,” “Flashback to Perry,” “R & Julie on the Plane Floor,” “R with Kids,” “Julie & Nora Walk R, Meet Kevin,” “R Sees Boney Attack,” “R, Julie & Nora at the Subway,” “Nora & Kevin Shoot Boneys,” and “Zombies & Humans.”
Shrug & Groan Gag Reel (5:07)
Also included are a Digital Copy and UltraViolet.