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The Bottom Line

This character-driven genre meld could have used more edge and energy, and less obvious message-mongering, but it scores in terms of atmosphere, humor and charm.

Opens: Friday, Feb. 1 (Summit Entertainment)

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob CorddryAnaleigh Tipton

Screenwriter-director: Jonathan Levine

The zom-rom-com arrives, with Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer as the star-crossed duo in a lighthearted postapocalyptic spin on Romeo and Juliet.

Warm Bodies, the latest permutation of the zombie screen phenomenon, places heart over horror and romantic teen angst over sharp social commentary. The low gore quotient and emphasis on young love might disappoint genre purists, but for those open to the idea of a gently goofy mash-up, the film is strong on atmosphere and offers likably low-key, if somewhat bland, charms. As a date movie for teens and twentysomethings that nods toward edgy fantasy while favoring down-to-earth mellowness, the Summit release is primed to hit the box-office sweet spot.

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The story’s dystopian versions of Romeo and Juliet are Nicholas Hoult’s R — he can’t remember his full name, or anything else about his pre-apocalypse existence — and Teresa Palmer’s Julie, whose meet-cute involves a shoot-’em-up that ends badly for Julie’s duty-bound boyfriend (Dave Franco). As R’s voice-over narration explains, it’s been eight years since an unspecified plague devastated humankind. Corpses, as the slacker-ish zombies are called and of which he’s one, feed on what’s left of the living. A more extreme mutation called Boneys — skeletal creatures that are an effective but not quite menacing combination of stunt work and CGI — will eat anything, including corpses.

by sheri linden for hollywoodreporter.com

First 4 minutes of ‘Warm Bodies‘ offers a look inside the mind of a zombie: Watch

’50/50′ director Jonathan Levine helms the undead rom-com adaptation

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Zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) has a “conversation” with a fellow member of the undead in “Warm Bodies.”

“What am I doing with my life? I’m so pale. I should get out more. I should eat better. My posture is terrrible. I should stand up straighter. People would respect me more if I stood up straighter. What’s wrong with me? I just want to connect. Why can’t I connect with people?”

If you’ve ever found yourself having thoughts like these, you’re not so unlike “R” (Nicholas Hoult), the undead protagonist of director Jonathan Levine’s (“50/50”) upcoming zombie rom-com “Warm Bodies.” Indeed, these are the opening lines of the young flesh-eater’s interior monologue in the first four minutes of the film, which Summit Entertainment has now made available for your holiday-viewing pleasure.

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, the film centers on the relationship that develops between R and a teenage girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) after the former devours the brains of Julie’s boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) – an action that allows him to experience the memories of the young woman’s paramour and consequently develop romantic feelings for her.

Though the book was championed by the likes of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and the resulting film financed by the studio behind the wildly-popular teen-vamp franchise, this first look suggests a far more sophisticated (and less self-serious) treatment of the supernatural than that offered by its blockbuster predecessor. Check out the full video below and let us know what you think.

“Warm Bodies” hits theaters on February 1.

 

–by chris eggertsen for hitfix.com

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