We're kind of appalled/enthralled by 50/50 director Jonathan Levine's new zombie romance movie.
Based on the novel Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, it's about a young zombie boy in love with a girl, and how that changes the post-apocalyptic hell they're living in FOREVER.
The film stars Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) and Nicholas Hoult, Hank McCoy from X-Men: First Class — and Hoult is the zombie. After ingesting Teresa Palmer's boyfriend's brains he falls in love with her (because he absorbs the boyfriend's memories). So we're just throwing all zombie canon out the window, then. The zombie, named "R" in the novel, then decides to follow her around and protect her. This movie is being billed as both romance and a comedy (which might explain why Rob Corddry was cast in it.)
Overall, we're not sure — we love Levine's work but we can't help but think that they're going to make this character have sex with a dead person. And sure we'll watch it, but we probably won't like it. Here's the book synopsis from Amazon:
R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.
Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.
View the whole image, which was snapped at the American Film Market, over at Collider. Warm Bodies will hit theaters next year on August 10th.