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FILM FANS: 'Warm Bodies' needs some work

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2 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

There's something appealing about seeing a movie called "Warm Bodies" on a blustery winter's day. Fortunately, this flick is not only an oasis from the cold, but it's also the cutest zombie movie you'll ever see.

In a typically apocalyptic future (isn't that where ALL zombie movies take place?), a virus has turned the majority of people into staggering, mumbling undead that roam the streets in packs hunting for fresh meat -- those who are still human. The story is narrated by a teen zombie (Nicholas Hoult, "X-Men: First Class") who goes by the name of R because he can't remember the rest of his pre-zombie name. R and his buds attack a group of human teens looking for supplies for their refugee camp. During the battle, R is smitten by human Julie (Teresa Palmer), and becomes her protector. R's infatuation with Julie is fed (literally) with the brains of Julie's dead boyfriend, Perry. As R chows down on Perry's gray matter, he becomes privy to their memories and emotions together. The relationship then blossoms between R and Julie, resulting in changes that could transform their entire world.

Always quirky, often funny, but also pretty bloody, "Warm Bodies" makes you believe that love can conquer any obstacle -- whether your heart is human or stone-cold zombie.

-- Myra Simons,Buford

1/2 star out of 4 stars

The one word I would use to describe this movie is brutal -- meaning it was brutal that I sat through the entire movie. It's about a teen zombie boy who one day kills and eats the brains of a human teen boy in front of his human girlfriend. The two -- zombie boy and human girl -- fall for each other, and as the movie slowly continues, they realize that the closer the two feel for each other that zombie boy's heart starts to beat as though he's turning from a dead zombie back into a live human. Zombies, romance and deadbeat comedy: the three together just do not mix well. Save your money now and when the rental comes out.

-- Kelly Cain, Lawrenceville

2 out of 4 stars

"Warm Bodies" with Nicholas Hoult (R) and Teresa Palmer (Julie) is a romantic comedy about a zombie and a human who fall in love. An infection killed many people and turned them into zombies. The zombies need to feed on people. They will feed on anyone they come across, even their own relatives. The humans try to kill the zombies. The zombies kill the humans for food. Everyone is afraid of the bonies (zombies who have given up and become skeletons).

It is an interesting idea, but the movie was disappointing. I wanted to like it because I liked the R and Julie characters. Their interaction is at times sweet. Unfortunately, the movie was not funny. It could have been better developed. The movie itself was as lifeless as the zombies it portrayed. It was a short movie, but it seemed to drag on and on. I would not recommend spending money on this movie.

-- Deborah Hurd, Bethlehem