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Nicholas Hoult feels dead inside at the start of this offbeat romantic comedy, mainly because he's a zombie. But writer/director Jonathan Levine (
) breaks the rules of the genre by giving us an undead hero, R, who is able to think deeply about his life (or lack of it) and conveys this in a rib-tickling voiceover. That residual spark of humanity is fanned into something warmer thanks to mortal blonde Julie (Teresa Palmer), whose boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) literally gives R some food for thought - because eating his brains allows him to experience old memories of Julie. The plot does lumber a bit, as Julie barely reacts to Perry's death and yet inspires R to feel again. Still, the interplay between the couple is surprisingly tender and witty, with a shot of adrenaline later on when R faces off with Julie's zombie hunter dad (a rabid John Malkovich) and an army of lethal skeleton zombies. It's not seamless, but Hoult carries the burden gracefully, even with a lopsided gait.
A zombie has an unusual reaction to eating a man's brain - he begins to fall in love with his victim's girlfriend. As he regains his human feelings, he forms a close connection with the living woman of his dreams, but their relationship is threatened by both the other walking dead and her militaristic father. Romantic comedy horror, with Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.
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DVD and Blu-ray
8 Feb 2013
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