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Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 17:02

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Who said zombies can’t have feelings?  Well, according to the Jonathon Levine directed film, “Warm Bodies,” they can.  I must admit, I thought the movie was going to be a dead drag, but a zombie trying to flirt with the flesh while fighting off man-eaters and skeletons turned out to be an interesting combination.

It’s not often that you can find a movie with four elements of genre: comedy, romance, horror, and action.  It also helps to have great actors like Nicholas Hoult (R), who is the lead zombie and Teresa Palmer (Julie), R’s crush and daughter of Gen. Grigio, played by John Malkovich.

Zombies are supposed to be heartless, dead creatures, right?
They kind of are.

R and his friend M, acted by Rob Corddry, occasionally communicate with stares and grunts while the other dead bodies walk around.  But what’s even better is the ability of a zombie to go against the norm and learn to feel and remember again.  
R found love at first sight in Julie, which did involve devouring a human’s brain, introducing himself charmingly with a mouth full of blood, and not to mention, saving her from a bunch of hungry zombies and “bonies”.

What really makes the movie is the smooth transition of the four elements and how it’s played out.  R and Julie go through an “us against the world” type of mission in order to reignite the human race.  There are constant contradictions of whether to stay in the “zombie world,” and have Julie starve and possibly get eaten, or go toward the humans and risk R getting shot in the head.

Despite the misty circumstances, R spends his time trying to woo Julie, hoping that she will love him back.  The dark romance actually becomes the key to finding the solution of saving the world.  
Through love, R becomes capable of feeling and thinking like a human can, which causes him to transition from an ugly zombie to a handsome boy.

Along the way they face different situations, from having a Romeo and Juliet moment to forming a zombie and human army to fight against the “bonies.”  
R even risks his own life numerous times for Julie.  As far as for the “bonies,” they have no chance what so ever to be saved, so the only choice is to kill them before they attack everyone else.  The epic and beautiful battle unifies zombies and humans to end the zombie apocalypse and reform mother Earth.

I rate this film a B.  The fighting could have been better, but the message was certainly clear.  It mirrors the problems of what goes on today with war, hatred, etc. If humans can join forces with zombies and both species learn from one another, why can’t the universe?  
Sounds complicated but there’s just one cure: love for your fellow man.  In this case, a zombie’s love for a girl became much bigger than a spark of interest; it became the power to change the world.

Rottentomatoes.com gave “Warm Bodies” a score of 78 percent and IMDB rates the movie a 7.4 out of 10.

Movie critic Roger Ebert said “Warm Bodies” is “terrific entertainment” and “A lot of zombie movies have heart, but usually the heart ends up on someone’s plate. Cheers to ‘Warm Bodies’ for taking us in a different direction for a change.”

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