Nicholas Hoult and Brad Pitt had trailers for their upcoming zombie movies released on the same day, so fans of flesh-eaters can now argue about which flick will be better, Brad's zombie apocalypse movie "World War Z" or Nicholas' zom-com "Warm Bodies."
"World War Z" looks like your typical disaster flick with car crashes, explosions, and a man on a mission to bring an end to the madness. Pitt plays a U.N. employee who appears to get separated from his family at one point, so part of the movie will probably focus on his efforts to reunite with them.
Last year some fans of the "World War Z" books by Max Brooks took to the web to complain that the movie was shaping up to be very different from the novels - instead of featuring stories about the experiences of different people during a decade-long zombie war, the movie seemed like it was going to be a less-original tale of survival starting at the beginning of an undead outbreak. Judging from the trailer, these disappointed fans are right.
"World War Z" does differ from other zombie movies by featuring slightly different zombie creatures. Instead of picking off slow-moving targets like the walkers shambling about in "The Walking Dead," Brad Pitt will have to contend with zombies who look like they've ingested some of Honey Boo Boo's go-go juice. The CGI zombies are capable of swarming like army ants and can crawl on top of each other to scale walls. However, eye candy Brad might be the best thing that the movie has going for it.
The zombie is the eye candy in "Warm Bodies." "X-Men: First Class" star Nicholas Hoult plays a zombie named R who falls in love with a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend's brain. You would think that Julie would want nothing to do with the guy who turned her lover into lunch, but instead she develops feelings for him. And as it turns out, love might be what saves R and his zombie friends from being walking corpses forever.
So instead of a hero who must destroy as many zombies as possible, there's a heroine who works to save them. And instead of seeing humans become zombies, we get to see zombies become human. It's an interesting new spin on the zombie story, but just like "World War Z," "Warm Bodies" felt the need to add a few faster flesh-eaters to the mix - the trailer features skeletal zombies dubbed "bonies" who eat anything with a heartbeat (so does R, but at least he feels bad about doing it).
"Warm Bodies" is a zombie comedy in the same vein as "Shaun of the Dead," so it's not just a supernatural romance aimed at the "Twilight" crowd.
So are you looking forward to seeing an older actor in an old-fashioned zombie flick, or are you excited about seeing a younger face in a fresher film about the undead?
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