I gotta fever, and the only prescription is more zombies! We’ve got two zombie flicks coming at us in 2013, World War Z and Warm Bodies. Both look like they could be quite entertaining for very different reasons.
World War Z
This movie’s claim to fame is that it’s based on a book written by Max Brooks, Mel Brooks’s son. Its other claim to fame is that it stars long-haired Brad Pitt. No one likes long-haired Brad Pitt. This one seems to follow a familiar formula. Long-haired Pitt is some kind of expert who has a specific skill set that he will use to save his family and stop the zombie hoards. Or something. Who really cares.
The only reason to see this one is the zombies who are somehow terrifyingly fast and more than willing to swarm all over each other. That last shot in the trailer with the pile of zombie bodies crawling all over each other is absolute nightmare fuel. I’m curious as to how this is possible. Typically, when the body dies, muscle tissue begins to decay. Maybe the fast zombies that we see in the trailer are in the early stages of their infection. But that would be boring because all you’d have to do is wait a while and they’d just fall apart. Maybe the zombie outbreak is closer to the “rage” that we saw in 28 Days Later where it’s not really death, it’s some kind of insanity that just happens to rot your flesh. I hope there’s some sort of explanation in the film, but like I said, who really cares. This movie is about waves of zombies chasing long-haired Pitt.
Never thought there’d be a day when I’d see a romantic zombie comedy, but there we are. Inevitably, this thing is going to get compared to Twilight. I can see the headlines now, “Warm Bodies Does for Zombies What Twilight Did for Vampires.” The biggest difference is that Warm Bodies does not appear to take itself as seriously as the shirtless wolf boy trilogy.
The idea that love can infect zombies is an interesting twist. It looks like a really cute movie and somehow much more palatable than sparkling vampires. I just really hope it doesn’t spark off a WB television series. One zombie romcom is more than enough.