Before you place any negative judgements about Warm Bodies, I must ask you to watch this clip that previews the first four minutes of the film. Within this opening sequence, Warm Bodies establishes a great separation among other zombie flicks we’ve seen before. I invite you to become a believer and check out the clip after the break.
Too often now are we seeing more and more clips of movies and by the time they release we’ve seen the entire thing. I’ll admit, a lot of the marketing for this film has given away most of the movie, but it has hidden a lot of the funnier moments – so if you know you want to see Warm Bodies, don’t watch this preview. I would never encourage any one to watch this long of a clip before a film has actually released, but if you are the fence, I suggest you watch it.
Far from ordinary, Warm Bodies goes beyond what you think you know about the undead and makes you forget the rules – in a good way. It’s a great world that this film has created and hopefully you’ll enjoy these first few moments enough to go out and see it this weekend.
Warm Bodies pokes fun at many of the a-typical scenarios (airborne virus, monkeys, etc.) of how the post-apocalyptic world came to be, but that’s not what the film is going for. I like that it gets straight to the point. It is about humanity, like most zombie stories, but this particular tale asks you to rethink your opinion on whether or not the undead can still be human on the inside.
Among the narration, we get a great glimpse of the life of R and where he resides. There are many great transitions, especially between the alternating realities. Within minutes, Jonathan Levine presents a new take on the way we see zombies and sets the tone right off the bat. Possibly taking a few pointers from Zombieland, there are a few similarities in the humor that stand out. (Click on the images below to enlarge.)
Now when I saw the film, before I saw the clip, I had the same reaction when they first use actual words to communicate. Although this is an alternative universe with different rules, it’s still a bit jarring to hear zombies speak. I can understand if they begin to regain a vocabulary after they have begun to regain a sense of humanity, as seen in the trailer, but I don’t think they should have been able to speak clearly this early on.
I’ve noticed there were moments within these first four minutes that were a bit different than what I originally saw. On the conveyor floor where R is lost I believe there were suppose to be two little kids that are not shown here. I’m sure they cut out bits as to not give everything away. Either way, I hope this short clip convinces others to see the lighter side of the zombie apocalypse and brings out a decent crowd this weekend to its premiere.
Warm Bodies will be out in theaters February 1, 2013.