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Warm Bodies
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06.18.2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Jonathan Levine

Actors:
Nicholas Hoult
Teresa Palmer
John Malkovich

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
During the zombie apocalypse, an undead teen (Hoult) rescues and romances a cute living blonde (Palmer).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
He’s pale. He should get out more. He doesn’t eat well. He has terrible posture. But he should. He’s a zombie.

It’s the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and R (Nicholas Hoult, Jack the Giant Slayer), like many of the undead, spends his days wandering the airport, venturing out only to find human flesh. Turns out, some zombies have potential for romance. Enter Julie Grigio (Teresa Palmer, Take Me Home Tonight), who R feels an immediate attraction to that only intensifies when he eats her boyfriend’s brains, an act that allows him to view certain highlights of the recently-dead’s love life.

R makes it his personal goal to save the blonde from the horde of zombies by hiding out and having her pretend to be one of them when necessary. In the meantime, they just may have to fall in love. Such a premise should come off silly and forced. But writer/director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50) rarely exaggerates and treats R and Julie’s romance as genuine, and so Warm Bodies never comes off as yet another spoof.

Warm Bodies, a zom-rom-com (or is it rom-zom-com?) adapted from Isaac Marion’s book of the same name, is consistently clever: R likens our cell phone-obsessed culture as the real zombies; R mutters, “God, we’re slow…this could take a while,” while on the hunt for food; Julie’s imitation of zombies, no doubt inspired by movies she’s seen, proves “too much.”

Topped off with strong soundtrack choices—from Guns n’ Roses and Bon Iver to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen (“Hungry Heart,” naturally)—and a solid, young cast (Hoult and Palmer have a fantastic chemistry), Warm Bodies is one of the more enjoyable movies of the pre-summer season.

THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary with screenwriter/director Jonathan Levine and actors Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer: The trio bounces off each other really well and spouts off numerous bits about the production, making this a highly enjoyable track.

Boy Meets, Er, Doesn’t Eat Girl (9:49): This featurette goes into how Warm Bodies went from novel to movie. Included are interviews and clips.

R&J (16:21) explores the love story found at the heart of Warm Bodies.

A Little Less Dead (16:41): Hoult, Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, and more sit down to discuss their characters and working on the movie.

Extreme Zombie Makeover! (10:11) looks at the efforts of makeup artist Adrien Morot, who earned an Oscar nomination for Barney’s Version.

A Wreck in Progress (14:59) spotlights the shooting locations.

Bustin’ Caps (10:09): Here, Palmer discusses some of the action sequences in the movie.

Beware the Boneys (7:03) looks at the more vicious zombies in the movie—the ones who don’t fall in love and listen to Guns n’ Roses.

Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies (12:38) offers selections of footage Palmer shot on the set.

Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry (4:43): This amusing clip features Corddry, who plays M in Warm Bodies, on Screen Junkies.

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (11:11): There are nine here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “Alternate Boney Intro,” “Flashback to Perry,” “R & Julie on the Plane Floor,” “R with Kids,” “Julie & Nora Walk R, Meet Kevin,” “R Sees Boney Attack,” “R, Julie & Nora at the Subway,” “Nora & Kevin Shoot Boneys,” and “Zombies & Humans.”

Shrug & Groan Gag Reel (5:07)

Theatrical Trailer

Also included are a Digital Copy and UltraViolet.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies takes a potentially silly premise and turns it into a genuinely clever and amusing zom-rom-com, with much credit going to the screenplay (adapted from Isaac Marion’s novel) and leads. The special features (a commentary, several featurettes and deleted scenes) offer fans a variety of tidbits and nuggets on the production.
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1:48AM on 06/18/2013
This movie really surprised me & it was everything Twilight wasn't. It was very well made, nice mix of comedy & horror & the actors had great chemistry. Glad it was more Romeo & Juliet for the zombie genre, then the twilight version. Also loved the performances by Rod Corddry (bitches man!) & John Malkovich.
This movie really surprised me & it was everything Twilight wasn't. It was very well made, nice mix of comedy & horror & the actors had great chemistry. Glad it was more Romeo & Juliet for the zombie genre, then the twilight version. Also loved the performances by Rod Corddry (bitches man!) & John Malkovich.
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