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Zombie romance film falls flat with many plot holes

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 14:02

Undead love

Special To / The Advocate

R, an undead human played by Nicholas Hoult (left), and Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, struggle to hold their love together in the new zombie romantic comedy “Warm Bodies.”

“Warm Bodies” has an insanely clever premise, something films today seem to be void of.

Using the inspiration of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” it is essentially a forbidden love story where a zombie falls in love with a human.  Who does not like zombies?  
Plus, filmmaker Jonathan Levine, directs it. His last two efforts were the bittersweet coming of age story, “The Wacknes” and the wonderful cancer dramedy “50/50,” both of which are underrated.

All of this may sound like a recipe for something worthwhile, but instead adds to the disappointment. Levine is going to have to work hard to clear this gigantic misstep from his name.

Set in a society where zombies roam the Earth, R (Nicholas Hoult) seems to be unlike any other one. He may walk slow, grunt constantly and crave human flesh, but his narration tells the audience he is fully capable of thinking.

He knows he wants something more than being a zombie. R ends up looking for human flesh with his zombie friends and they find a pack of survivors by smelling the scent of human blood.

While they end up eating a number of those people, Julie (Teresa Palmer) captures the heart of R with her bland personality.  
From that point on, their relationship grows out of nothing to become absolutely nothing.

Every zombie apocalypse movie has to have rules and follow them. “Warm Bodies” makes rules and then breaks them whenever it needs to move the story along, which happens to be so much it ends up relying on this technique.

The environmental inconsistencies turn into huge, gaping plot holes. They start small, as mentioned before, like how R brought Julie back to his place with no problem.

The story continues to delve into the later plot holes that would spoil its weak story. After awhile, it did not even bother to give reasons as to why events happen or characters change. Its attitude to all this is simply, “it just does.”

Performance wise, almost everyone does their best with what they could, however, the weakest link is the female lead, atrociously played by Palmer. Both her character’s personality and performance come off as shallow and annoying. The acting is humiliating to say the least, and considering how central her character is, it automatically brings the entire film down.


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