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Warm Bodies (DVD)
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Warm Bodies (DVD)
Advantages: Good cast, unorthodox rom-com, easy watch
Disadvantages: Not as good as the Walking Dead!
With a cast of Nicholas Hoult who seems to be everywhere at the moment and John Malkovich, the cast seemed to be decent enough that any 'naffness' of the film seemed to be intentional and is a very much a tongue in cheek film. The film follows R (Nicholas Hoult) who is a zombie, but a zombie with a difference, and who has a conscience no less. After a zombie apocalypse has wiped out the majority of the world as we know it, there are two definitive groups of people that occupy the planet, the survivors and the zombies. The film in quite a clever way shows the two groups as a community each in their own right, with the zombies walking around in packs and communicating in their own funny little way. The survivors have made their own little world with a 100 foot wall separating themselves from the zombies. John Malkovich' daughter is the second lead character Julie, and she rebels against her father by spending the majority of her time outside of the wall in an effort to feel independence and freedom. On an encounter which sees R and his friends feasting on some humans, Julie is saved by R and kept safe by him in an effort for him to get close to her. She is of course terrified, but soon realises that R is different and has feelings, something which zombies aren't meant to have. The film has many references to Romeo and Juliet, most obviously the balcony scene. There is also the fact that the two lead characters are called R and Juliet. Although the film doesn't offer any explanations of why the apocalypse happened, it really isn't needed at all.
The acting was good, and Nicholas Hoult did really well with his portrayal of a conflicted zombie! It was decided that the zombies would not blink and I in parts found this really difficult to watch as you could only imagine how uncomfortable this was in some of the longer scenes when the camera was on the actors for longer periods of time. The actress playing Julie was good and the two gelled well together and even though he was a zombie and she wasn't, the chemistry between the two meant it was completely believable.
In a completely unorthodox way, this movie takes the typical rom-com and firmly turns it on its head. It has romance, it has comedy, it also has zombies and lots of gore, but oddly it actually works. As I mentioned before it is slightly naff, but I do get the feeling that this was completely intentional. With a budget of $35 million it gives you some idea of the amount of effects, etc. Its a middle of the road budget which was spent well, making the budget holders a whopping $115 million in the box office, I hadn't even heard of it so was surprised it had done so well. Like me though, many 'zombie fans' will often watch all of the released films as they are so few and far between.
Watching on a 6 inch TV screen in the headrest in front, which didn't have the sharpest of screens I've ever seen (!), please forgive me if I don't go into too much detail about the special effects. I would normally break this down however I don't want to say it was amazing when it may not have been! The effects did seem actually pretty decent, I think there were a few dodgy moments that didn't look the best, but as I say I can't be entirely sure. One thing I'm almost positive about is that for fellow fans of The Walking Dead, effects wise it didn't seem anywhere near as good as that, however that particular TV series has picked up quite a large following over its few short years and made by Fox, it will have a ginormous budget so I won't make comparisons too closely to that.
All in all, I would say this is a fairly decent film. It's not going to win any Oscars but its fun, tongue in cheek and an easy watch. Give it a watch but don't rush out to find it.
(As an explanation, yes I am writing this review while still in Vegas but the time difference has completely mucked up my sleeping patterns!!).
Summary: 4 stars