Don't write this one off as “the next Twilight.” It's way better than that.
**** out of 5
Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and some language
Article first published as Movie Review: Warm Bodies on Blogcritics.
Now R is keeping Julie safe until the others forget she was there. But M can’t help but wonder what’s going on inside the airplane thanks to the lights being on and sappy ’80s music blaring. Somehow, over the course of a few days, Julie begins to see that R is not like the other zombies. There’s still something special inside him. Julie also starts to make R’s heart beat, setting in motion a string of events that will change everything not just for the zombies, but for all mankind as well. Even if it goes against every bone in Julie’s father Grigio’s (John Malkovich) body.
Hoult plays the soulful zombie fantastically and Palmer gives Julie more depth than other directors would have allowed, and most probably would have wanted to spend more time splattering the film with special effects. Corddry nearly steals the movie, which should come as no surprise, and AnaLeigh Lipton continues to show she’s more than just an America’s Next Top Model between her hilarious turns here and in Crazy, Stupid, Love. So while Warm Bodies may be getting released two weeks prior to Valentine’s Day, make sure you check it out this weekend and join R in taking a bite out of love.
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