After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

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Jonathan Levine

Writers:

Isaac Marion (based on the novel by), Jonathan Levine (screenplay)
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Nicholas Hoult ... R
Teresa Palmer ... Julie
Lio Tipton ... Nora (as Analeigh Tipton)
Rob Corddry ... M
Dave Franco ... Perry
John Malkovich ... Grigio
Cory Hardrict ... Kevin
Daniel Rindress-Kay ... Soldier #1
Vincent Leclerc ... Perry's Dad (as Vincent LeClerc)
Clifford LeDuc-Vaillancourt Clifford LeDuc-Vaillancourt ... Boy at Airport
Billie Calmeau Billie Calmeau ... Girl at Airport
Adam Driscoll Adam Driscoll ... Young Man at ATM
Chris Cavener ... Soldier #2
Jonathan Dubsky ... Berg
Alec Bourgeois Alec Bourgeois ... Perry (11 years old)
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Storyline

With much of the world's population now an undead horde, R is a young and oddly introspective zombie. While fighting with and feeding on a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the beginning of a strangely warm relationship that allows R to begin regaining his humanity. As this change spreads through the local undead population like a virus, Julie and R eventually have to face a larger issue when the very nature of their friendship is challenged. Caught between the paranoid human forces and the ferocious "Bonies", zombies who are a mutual threat, R and Julie must find a way to bridge the differences of each side to fight for a better world no one thought possible. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Comedy | Horror | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and some language | See all certifications »

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When Julie (Teresa Palmer) leaves the airplane for the first time on her own, one of the first zombies in the small group on the tarmac looks like Rick (Andrew Lincoln) from the TV show The Walking Dead (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Julie runs out of petrol on her way back to the fortified city, her BMW rolls to a halt next to a derelict vehicle. In the following aerial shot the BMW is standing on a free lane with the nearest other car several metres away. See more »

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R: [voice-over] What am I doing with my life? I'm so pale. I should get out more. I should eat better. My posture is terrible. I should stand up straighter. People would respect me more if I stood up straighter. What's wrong with me? I just want to connect. Why can't I connect with people? Oh, right, it's because I'm dead. I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I mean, we're all dead. This girl is dead. That guy is dead. That guy in the corner is definitely dead. Jesus these guys look awful.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bullet to the Head/Warm Bodies (2013) See more »

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Shelter from the Storm
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Zombie narrator discovers Twilight love
19 June 2013 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

What if zombies had thoughts running through their heads as they lunged around? And what if you made a movie from their pov? That seems to have been the whole concept here, and a story was worked out. The idea itself is a good one, not unlike the Tucker and Dale movie from last year, and perhaps long due. Horror, effective horror, has been all about placing us closer to the nature of the horrific experience, it's why as early as the 1960's, monsters were dragged from swamps and castles and moved next door to Bates motel.

And what better placement than making us the monster?

So they could have this as a black comedy, and I'd be a happy viewer. We'd see all those situations we know from zombie movies, but from behind the zombie mist of dumb instincts looking out at human instincts, in a way that drove home the absurdity and dumbness, drawing the same parallels that Romero did in his time. We are in Romero's timeline anyway, Land of the Dead.

But for reasons that strike me as more shrewd than creative, they decided this should be a romantic movie. The idea here is to have the zombie narrator as one of the target audience, a teenager baffled at the 'deadness' of modern life, a music geek and awkward with the girl he loves, stuttering every time. Clever so far.

Where it completely loses me as a viewer, is that the decision was made, and this had to have been part of a shrewd business plan, that there is currently no better mode to rope more of that teenage audience than Twilight. The franchise has come and gone, but the ripples are still being felt, especially in a film like this.

What the Twilight influence means is that there is the angle of forbidden love, forbidden because of social constructs. They found a mopey, Kristen Stewart lookalike to be the sullen heroine. There is a more elaborate mythos, introducing zombies which are more evil than 'regular' ones. And it all has to culminate with an 'epic' battle and redemptive aftermath. Worst of all, and this is why I rate the film so low, is that mopey, wistful tone that probably passes as introspection in high-school corridors. There's even the inane visual bit, the equivalent of sparkly vampires, with the hearts of 'awakened' zombies beating red!

You'll know the filmmaker is a dull mind, if you observe the scene, it's a small moment but very indicative, where 'good' zombies have decided to make a stand, rousing Scorpions music kicks in the soundtrack; instead of giving us say a flat, comedic side-shot where zombies simply limp along into the frame one by one, he has them coolly walk towards the camera... in slow motion!

Which defeats their actual stumbling in slow motion, all so we can have a useless Reservoir Dogs effect.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,353,967, 3 February 2013

Gross USA:

$66,380,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,980,662
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