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Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies (2013)

Directed by Jonathan Levine

Starring Nicolas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

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Dead, no feelings, endless slow walking, grunting. Being a zombie must suck. Until that one day comes where everything changes and things start to make sense once again.

 

Warm Bodies is definitely not your typical zombie film as it lacks blood, gore and horror. This is another Zom-Rom-Com but nowhere near as good as the original genre creating film of Shaun of the Dead. Warm Bodies focuses heavily from the point of view of R, the zombie played by Nicolas Hoult, as you follow his inner monologue about everything around him. In one zombie attack he meets a girl and he starts to change into something different that he hasn’t felt for a while.

The film is clever and something different to what we have seen before, as in a zombie changing back into a human, but the film itself still lacks the entertaining factor to make it really enjoyable.

 

Recommend

With a slow pace and lack of laughs this film wasn’t anything special, a good concept but not for the zombie genre market that this could have been for. This is more of just a Rom-Com which just happens to involve zombies. Not worth seeing at the cinema and for when it is released to rent/buy I would consider this as a girl’s zombie flick. Zombie fans will be disappointed.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 3/10 – Flows like a traditional walking zombie, slowly

 

Film Fact

The story is based loosely on “Romeo and Juliet”. With the characters being “R” = “Romeo”; “Julie” = “Juliet; “Perry” = “Paris”; “M/Marcus” = “Mercutio”; “Nora” = Juliet’s “Nurse”

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Flight

Flight (2013)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly and Nadine Velazquez

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After an Airplane suffers a mechanical failure, Captain William ‘Whip’ Whitaker successfully lands the plane with only a few casualties and is suddenly at the centre of hero/villain story where he has to live up to the serious fact that he has problems in his life that need to be dealt with.

 

This is a serious film with some very strong issues that need to be worked out by Washington while he tries to understand how his life has taken such a fall. Drink and Drugs play a major role in the film and go to show the effects they can have on someone’s life, even if you did just become a hero. His relationships with women, his son and work colleagues differ throughout the film showing his downfall as they try to either help or disown him.

John Goodman adds the comedy to the film playing Washington’s brother and drug dealer and helps him out/makes it worse when he needs it although he isn’t seen much in the film. The actually plane crash is amazing and filmed excellently. It is not a quick flash in the pan crash; it takes you through the whole scenario.

A note that the film does start with full nudity from My Name is Earl Actress Nadine Velazquez who looks stunning.

 

Recommend

I enjoyed the film even though it was a lot more serious than I thought it was going to be. Denzel was brilliant and thoroughly deserves his Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role and the crash scene was dealt with brilliantly. The film does clock in at a long 2 hours and 18 mins and tackles some serious issues however I do think people should see this film.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – Denzel reaches for the sky

 

Film Fact

Denzel Washington’s first Oscar-nominated role in over 10 years. His last Oscar-nominated role was for Training Day.