Bottom Line: THE WALKING DEAD meets TWILIGHT by way of SIXTEEN CANDLES. This delightfully undead and creatively spirited zombie romantic comedy (or Zom/Rom/Com!) is a welcomed ray of cinematic smiles – a much needed, comedic kick in the pants from the below average offerings of January. It may lose a bit of its energetic spark in the middle – focusing solely on an 80’s-vibed budding romance – but it still confidently tackles its offbeat, forbidden teen love material with the right amount of guts, brains and heart… We’re talking post-apocalyptic zombie movie here, so it also actually contains the right amount of guts, brains and hearts. It’s a lighthearted, cheerful, funny, optimistic and sometimes gross look at the power of love – and how it can overpower the urge to mindlessly rip someone apart and eat them for lunch.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich
Directed by: Jonathan Levine (50/50 and THE WACKNESS)
Running time: 97 minutes
Story: A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human - setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. (c) Summit