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After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human -- setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Comedy Horror Romantic - While having a zombie theme, at the film's core this is a young adult
romantic comedy, but it does have the violence that one would
associate with a more horror-oriented undead story. This is a big
showcase for leads Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, with all other
actors including John Malkovich having distinctly secondary roles.
Violence and language make the film inappropriate for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 6 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, zombie feedings with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Chases and fights. COMEDY: Constant dark humor, verbal and physical.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The film has its charms but the trailer suggests a level of cleverness and inventiveness that isn't evident in the full production.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good '"Warm Bodies' is terrific entertainment.
Washington PostFull Review Below Average Cute without being especially clever, 'Warm Bodies' is almost as pallid and as brain-dead as its zombie antihero...
NY PostFull Review Average The leads are likeable enough, but the script reanimates 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' tactics — a monster story supposedly made hilarious by being told by a savvy high schooler.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 69 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! The professional critic reviews were all over the place but it's certainly easy to see that MOVIEGOERS LOVED "WARM BODIES." As with nearly any movie, especially Zombie/Scary/Horror movies, there are always some reviews that are way different than the majority. Fortunately, "Warm Bodies" has a much smaller percentage of these lower reviews than normal movies of this type.
An unlikely romance between a beautiful human teen and a sensitive
sets off a chain of events with the power to transform the world in
WARM BODIES, the hilarious
and heartwarming zombie action rom-com based on the popular novel by
It's a familiar scenario -- a mysterious virus has devastated
civilization, turning its victims
into flesh-eating monsters without memories of their past lives. What
is left of humanity is
holed up in heavily fortified bunkers where they live in fear of their
former loved ones. But all
that changes when a ravenous zombie hunting party crosses paths with a human
reconnaissance crew scavenging supplies. R (Nicholas Hoult), a soulful
zombie, is so captivated
by the lovely and living Julie (Teresa Palmer) that, instead of eating
her brains, he saves her from
being consumed by his companions.
Taking her back to the zombie-ridden airport he calls home, R hides Julie in an
abandoned 747 filled with treasures he has collected during his
hunting expeditions -- vinyl
records, snow globes, musical instruments and other lost relics of a
saner time. Over the next
few days in their surprisingly cozy hideaway, the feisty Julie awakens
long-forgotten feelings in
R, while she begins to realize there is more to him than a vacant
stare and a slow-motion
Confused by her feelings, Julie returns to her walled-off city where
her father (John
Malkovich), a ruthless zombie hunter, leads a well-armed security
force. Meanwhile, the
lovelorn R has begun to change in ways he never thought possible and
believes his connection
with Julie could be the salvation of the human race. But when he shows
up at her doorstep, it
sparks an all‐out war between the living and the undead that threatens
to derail the couple's
chance of a future together.
A fresh twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES offers a
surprisingly romantic look at the lighter side of the zombie
apocalypse -- and reminds us what it
means to be human.