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Warm Bodies - Film Review

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published April 9th 2013

The Zombie Apocalypse concept has always been popular across film, television, and comics, but Warm Bodies takes it in a whole new direction. Far from the doom and gloom that quite often surrounds these types of films, Warm Bodies is funny and heartwarming, if not a little bit disturbing at times.

[ADVERT]Based on a novel of the same name, the film starts with zombie, R (Nicholas Hoult), who narrates us through his every day life: roaming around the airport, grunting with his best friend, eating human flesh. When R meets Julie (Teresa Palmer), after munching on her boyfriend, something in him starts to change. Instead of eating her, he starts falling in love.

There's a bit of zombie action amongst the love story, mainly in the form of Bonies. Far more terrifying than your run-of-the-mill zombie, along with a hunger for anything with a heartbeat these guys also have super speed and impressive parkour skills. The Bonies are after R and Julie, who just want to prove to the world, and her zombie killing dad, that the undead are coming back to life.

Warm Bodies is the type of film you can't take too seriously, because it's all too easy to poke holes in the 'love cures zombies' plot, going along with the film is much more enjoyable than questioning the mechanics of a cured zombie. The film definitely has some great laughs, many thanks to the supporting cast of John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton and Rob Corddry.

Zombie love probably isn't something that's going to take off a la the Twilight craze, the rotting flesh will probably be a major roadblock, but Warm Bodies does it well. This film is ideal for anyone paranoid about the impending zombie apocalypse, because unlike almost every zombie film this one leaves you with a bit of hope.

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Why? Meet a zombie with a lot of heart
When: Out now
Where: In cinemas
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