Thursday 30 May 2013

Today's Review: Warm Bodies

Nine years after Shaun Of The Dead, and rom-zom-com is still a genre apparently. But this one has a somewhat interesting angle. Nicholas Hoult plays R, a zombie who has grown tired of his zombie life. On a routine food shuffle with his zombie comrades, he comes across a survivor named Julie (Teresa Palmer), and begins to feel things for her that isn't hunger. As he starts to warm up to her (in more ways than one), he must keep her safe from roaming hordes of zombies, defensive survivors, and a more sinister flesh eating evil.

This is a zombie story from the point of view of the zombie. Thankfully, although undead, Hoult steals the show as the shuffling, monologuing corpse. Grunting, groaning, limping, is all done with great delivery, it's just a shame that the other characters aren't as entertaining or fleshed out. Teresa Palmer and Rob Corddry are good enough, but John Malkovich makes an appearance that is quite uninspiring.

The same goes with the plot really. The premise is a good one, and progresses nicely over the first half of the movie. But once that's put of the way, the final scenes seem rather rushed and unimaginative. Overall it's not a hilarious movie, but it does have its humorous moments. However, a strong, imaginative first half soon gives way to something quite mediocre. It's certainly a watchable movie, I just wish that they did something more with the story and the cast.

My rating: 3/5

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