Saturday, October 3, 2009

At the Movies: Zombieland

The new horror comedy Zombieland focuses on an eclectic quartet who have found their own unique ways to survive in a world that has been overrun by zombies. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a neurotic teen slacker who has allowed his fear of being eaten by zombies to help him craft a set of rules by which he stays alive; these hilariously become a running theme throughout the entire film. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is an AK47-toting, zombie-slaying' redneck, bad ass whose single determination is to locate the last Twinkie on earth. The boys eventually join forces with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who initially turn the tables on their male counterparts, but soon have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombie hordes.

[If you've already read the spoilers on the web concerning a high profile celebrity cameo; let me say that it is everything you've heard and then some.]

This terrific early Halloween flick is definitely worth checking out. The greatest thing about it is that it is a full on zombie movie in its own right, while at the same time serving as a laugh riot comedy feature. I will say that the undead in this film are of the fast on their feet variety ala 28 Days Later or the Dawn of the Dead remake. Added in almost as an afterthought, is a really nice emotional undercurrent about what it truly means to be a family.

Zombieland scores in every possible way, so do yourself a favor and buy a ticket.

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