At The Movies-Warm Bodies

An excursion into a rare area

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Warm Bodies is a full bore $30 million production with some snappy writing, professional direction and acting that is certainly good enough for the genre. It is also a love story/Zombie flick.

I liked it a lot, but my movie buddies this week found it silly, laughable even, and not worthy of either their time or admission ticket. They are grownups. Other grownups might not like this one. For Zombie fanciers like others and me, either young or young at heart, read on.

This is a reworking of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The eternal themes of young love and tragedy never grow old. Julie (26-year-old Australian Teresa Palmer who believably plays below her age) is the daughter of the leader of a city of humans who have survived the Zombie Apocalypse. Palmer has had a dozen or so big screen appearances including a major role in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. 

John Malkovich plays her dad with malevolent intensity.

23-year-old Englishman and emerging heartthrob Nicholas Hoult is her Zombie boyfriend. When they meet he cannot speak his own name, not being able to get past “R”, so Julie tags him R.

I prefer my Zombies to be the traditional jerky shufflers and that tradition is honored here. There is an innovation that I rather liked, the Boneies. The Boneies are undead whose flesh has fallen away leaving only muscle and bone. These guys are fast and vicious. We discover as the film unwinds that in - the words of Billy Chrystal - the Zombies are merely “mostly dead”. There is a spark of humanity left in their rotting carcasses. It takes only a spark of true love to bring that spark into flame.

Writer/director Jonathan Levine also both wrote and directed the funny and moving 50/50. This film was about the life of a young cancer victim, a very tough subject. In Warm Bodies he inserts occasional spurts of teen-speak into the mouths of his young actors that startled me into laughter more than once.

This is a PG-13 rated film, but Zombies devouring human brains is not for the squeamish. There are, however, no naked people either living or not so much. The producers are rubbing their greedy little hands together at the films financial success. It has brought in $73 million so far in worldwide box office sales and seems to have a ways to go. The film is one hour and 37 minutes long, which makes for a quick in and out. 

In the realm of Zombie flicks, this one rates a solid three brains. As a mainstream movie, it gets a subpar two saw blades.

We enter some rare territory here with a Zombie/Human love story, something only seen obliquely in the fine American Zombies. I love a love story.

A remake of the Bruce Campbell classic Evil Dead hits theaters in April followed by World War Z, a huge Brad Pitt production, in June. Zombie fans be glad.

A Good Day to Die Hard

Explosive action

Anthony Tantimonaco

Teen reviewer

Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia!

A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth installment of the action-packed series Die Hard, starring none other than Bruce Willis returning as John McClane.

This story follows John McClane as he travels to Russia in an attempt to reconnect with his son, after hearing that he has been arrested for murder.

Not five minutes after McClane arrives in Russia, he gets involved in a CIA operation with his son.

This is a worthwhile movie to go and see, guys, if you’re looking for a break from date movies, this would be the movie to see.

Bruce Willis is famous for his action flicks, and his work in this role only improves his Bad-A reputation.

An upcoming star, Jai Courtney, plays the role of John McClane’s son Jack.

Jai Courtney has also appeared as Varro in the Starz show Spartacus: War of the Damned and the role as Charlie in Jack Reacher.

This movie, while action packed, is not one of the best of the Die Hard series. While filled with great action and amazing special effects, the storyline seems rushed and hasty.

If you were to list the best Die Hards, A Good Day to Die Hard would be placed as number three.

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