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by Aaron McDonald (subscribe)
Love sharing my passion for cinema. Tastes tend toward mainstream with an occasional dabble in arthouse and classics. Follow me on Twitter @melbmovieguy.
Published May 9th 2013

R' (the very easy-on-the-eye Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie who wants more out of his un-life. No longer content aimlessly shambling around the airport he calls home, occasionally bumping into other zombies, and having moaning semi-conversations with his zombie best friend, he also collects old records and other discarded items, vestiges of the crumbling human civilisation.

On a group forage for food, 'R' encounters Julie (Teresa Palmer), and decides to adopt her, instead of eating her. Maybe it's just the after effect of the flood of memories experienced when eating the brains of Julie's boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco), or maybe Julie is what he's been yearning for? Regardless, 'R' and Julie's blossoming romance begins to trigger changes in the zombie population, which could have far reaching implications for the world.

Also noteworthy are veteran actor John Malkovich as Julie's father and the leader of the surviving humans, Rob Corddry as 'M', the zombie best friend to 'R', and Analeigh Tipton as Nora, Julie's best friend, who started out as just a pretty face, but as the film progressed, gave the character more depth and presence than you'd have expected with such a small amount of screen time.
The ultimate message is a positive one, espousing the benefits of human contact and interaction; I loved the scene where 'R' imagines what the airport would have been like when it was populated by humans- don't fool yourself, the zombie apocalypse is already here!

Although a cute concept film (zom-rom-com?), I don't think it's a new genre, but another variant in the slew of romantic themed supernatural films which have become so popular.


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