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Zombieland

March 19, 2010

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers:
Paul Wernick/Rheet Reese
Producers: Gavin Polone
Starring:
Woody Harrelson/Jesse Eisenburg/Emma Stone/Abigail Breslin
Year: 2009
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 88 minutes

A cowardly shut-in named Columbus is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie-slayer named Tallahassee in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. As Tallahassee sets out on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, the duo meets up with Wichita and Little Rock, two young girls who have resorted to some rather unorthodox methods to survive amidst the chaos. Reluctant partners in the battle against the undead, all four soon begin to wonder if it might be better to simply take their chances alone. If you loved Shaun of the Dead, then you would adore this genius comedy movie. The story is very good and the added ‘ how to survive a zombie attack’ notes was a nice touch. The cinematography and camerawork in the movie were put to very good use as the visuals were gorgeous and the timing in the scenes were near perfect. There’s absolutely no faults where the acting is concerned and the characters were hilarious and well thought. The special effects and the action scenes were great and there’s one pleasant surprise in the movie when a famous face makes an unexpected appearance playing himself/herself and it is one of the best scenes in the movie along with “Zombie kill of the week”.

The direction is brilliant and the script itself is near genius. The beauty of Zombieland is while it’s like all the other zombie movies, it’s not. Yeah there are zombies running everywhere and they have to fight to survive but the script, the characters and some of the scenes are very likeable and this is what makes Zombieland so unique from all the other zombie movies.

What I liked about Zombieland is how it always entertains you with its one-liners and Columbus’s “How to” guide throughout the movie. If you look past the zombies and the gore, this really is more of a comedy. People who don’t like horrors shouldn’t be put off by the zombies and the blood because hiding behind that is a very enjoyable comedy. This is a hilarious zombie comedy that steps up the mark of zombie movies everywhere. While it’s not as good as Shaun of the Dead, it’s still one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time.

9/10

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