Posted on October 30, 2009


Zombies in Zombieland

Any movie that opens with Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is bound to be a great movie. – Scott K.

This is not a matter of opinion, but it is indeed a fact. Equal parts gorefest and buddy-comedy, this is not your typical zombie film, or comedy for that matter. Usually in a zombie movie, you spend the first 20 minutes or so learning about the past and getting a sense of paranoia instilled into you. Not so with Zombieland; where the opening scene is an image of the United States capital, followed by zombie vomit, and our narrator telling us one thing, ‘This, is Zombieland.”

Our narrator is Jesse Eisenberg, who plays the kid with no family, no friends, and apparently no name. He is given the nickname ‘Columbus’ by Tallahassee later in the film. Tallahassee is played by Woody Harrelson, and he is the cowboy bootin’, gun slingin’, Twinkie lovin’ bad-awesome dude. Not the two most compatible personalities, and when you throw them together on a road trip, they clash in true ‘laugh-out-loud’ comedic fashion. Seriously, I’m not the loudest person in a theater, and I was bent over a few times. Good stuff.

The pair stop at a supermarket on their way to wherever they’re going for a Twinkie, where they run into con-artists, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). You may have noticed the names of theses characters are all nicknames and cities in the U.S. All Tallahassee’s doing; he likes to use nicknames, that way you don’t get emotionally attached. At first the two pairs don’t get a long, at all, but they grow on each other. After all, what are they gonna’ do? For all we/they know, they’re the only non-zombies left. The group heads for an amusement park outside of Los Angeles, where it is rumored to be zombie free. I wonder though, where exactly did this rumor come from?

The film concludes with an awesome shoot-em’ up taking place within’ the amusement park; I guess it was a false rumor about being zombie free. It’s the time where all the characters, “nut up or shut up”, and where we learn that we all need to take time to enjoy the little things.

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone

Cinematographer: Michael Bonvillain

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