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Warm Bodies

R (Hoult) is a zombie. After a zombie apocalypse, he slowly moves through an America made up of collapsed buildings, rusted cars, shattered glass, and hollowed-out high-rises, preferring to lounge around a rusted 747 Boeing jet, listening to Frank Sinatra instead. He can speak only in grunts and simple syllables and craves human brains to get high on the memories they contain. After eating the brain of a suicidal teen, R is overcome with love for the teen`s companion, Julie Grigio (Palmer). He rescues Julie from death by his zombie pack and takes her back to his lair. When Julie is determined to leave, R is even more determined to follow her back to the Citi Stadium, the largest remaining human habitation to keep her safe along the way. But is it even possible for a zombie and a human girl to fall in love?

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 14 Mar 2013
Genre: Drama / Horror / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Director: Jonathan Levine
Format: 35MM, 2D

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"Warm Bodies" is perhaps one of the more poignant love stories of the year. With the leads named R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer), you get the gist of the predicament of where this love story stands. For those of you who are still scratching your heads over this, the answer is the very classic love story of "Romeo and Juliet".

Told through the perspective of the zombie R, you immediately fall in love with him the moment his voice-over breaks through the silence that supposedly accompanies the slow shuffling of zombies.

Unlike the other zombies around him, R is aware that he is somehow different from the rest and yearns make a connection with anything or anybody. It isn't till when hunger strikes that R finds out his true yearning. In a bid to fill up his tummy, R and his zombie friends discover a group of fresh meat scouring for medical supplies and for the first time, sees Julie and falls in love with her.

And the event sets the ball rolling on how you can change the course of history through the simple act of love.

It is hard to imagine how the connection between zombie and human be established given the flesh-eating history of the undead but somehow R manages it with as much flair as he can muster. Of course, saving the damsel-in-distress does add brownie points to his efforts.

The tone of the movie moves away from your usual zombie fest understandably, given that romance is its premise. It is interesting to listen in on the monologue of R, looking at the world from a (more intelligent) zombie's point of view. At times, his thoughtfulness and sensitivity makes you wonder how R is really like before he became a zombie. Would he still end up with Julie if he was still a living, breathing human being?

Pondering aside, Nicholas Hoult's portrayal of the zombie with feelings is convincing. Starting out as a rigid, grunting being, he slowly manages to pull audience in with his subtle change with every minute spent with Julie.

M, R's best friend played by Rob Corddry, is another zombie not to be missed. In a world where zombies live only for food, it is especially heart-warming in an awkward way to see two seemingly unfeeling beings try to connect but not knowing how.

However, truth be told, despite a shining supporting cast, the spotlight is still focused on the unlikely pair of lovers. Between Julie's father, Colonal Grigio (John Malkovich,) who heads the war against the zombies and R's flesh-loving friends, you sincerely hope that the pair would not share the same tragedy Romeo and Juliet did.

Cinema Online, 12 March 2013
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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