When Alexander Payne stepped off the boat in late July to arrive on the Greek isle of Patmos, few locals recognized a major Hollywood writer-director in their midst -- or had a chance to see his films on the silver screen.
The Red franchise (for this is number two) is an adaptation of a D.C. Comics product. And yes, on the surface, it does the usual fast-paced, guns-fighting-martial-arts and multiple locations type show. Which is no bad thing.
Warm Bodies takes a good deal of its commercial instincts from The Twilight Saga, but director Jonathan Levine instills the narrative with credible drama and lots of effective humor to make this a dark romantic fantasy suited for more than just the teen audience.
Warm Bodies genuinely adds a new idea to the zombie cannon, something that seems so simple that I'm surprised that someone didn't do it much earlier. In short, the film is told from the point of view of a zombie.
Warm Bodies is poetic, violent, romantic, gore-filled, soul-filled, and just utterly brilliant. Isaac Marion's taken the classic zombie apocalypse formula and spun it into something completely new and different.