Warm Bodies, the latest supernatural YA romance, has already exceeded our expectations with its first trailers: Rather than just be zombie Twilight, it looks to be a snarky, self-aware tale about an undead boy named R. who falls for a human girl and starts to revert back to his non-flesh-eating self. That’s due in large part to star Nicholas Hoult’s wry narration, which we get to see more of now that Summit Entertainment has released the first four minutes of the film.
In some ways, this footage covers the same bases as the trailers, but here it’s a self-contained sequence that acts almost like a short film. R. takes us through an airport filled with shambling undead, who were ostensibly turned while on their way to visit families for the holidays. His musings over what each of their lives were like before they got bitten is even more bittersweet because it doesn’t matter who they used to be. In this universe, being a zombie is the norm now.
Warm Bodies is similar to the 2009 film Daybreakers, except in that movie the human race had evolved into vampires instead of zombies. They were also a lot more grim about their situation, whereas R. can still have a sense of humor about the whole thing. In both movies, you see that there’s a hierarchy between the functioning undead and those who have completely devolved. The previous Warm Bodies trailers gave us a look at the “Bonies,” but only now do we learn how these guys actually become literal skeletons. (Warning: It’s not pretty.)
Warm Bodies comes to theaters February 1, 2013.