Zombieland Review

Zombieland is a Hollywood take on the Zom-Com (zombie comedy) in the same vein as Shaun of the Dead and directed by newcomer Ruben Fleischer. Starring Woody ‘In His Element’ Harrelson, Jesse ‘Stop Comparing Me To Michael Cera’ Eisenberg, Emma ‘On A Roll Since Superbad’ Stone and child star Abigail ‘Expect To See Me In Everything’ Breslin, it’s the comic tale of surviving in a post-zombocalyptic America and if you’ve not heard of it you’re probably in the wrong place!

The story follows ‘Columbus’ (Eisenberg), an assumed name based on his home town and so called because it’s important not to become too attached to other people (see Rule #7 – Travel Light), who despite being an almost agrophobic geek has stayed alive when the rest of the world turned to zombie around him because he follows a set of rules. On the way back to Ohio to see if his parents are alive, he meets up with ‘Tallahassee’ (Harrelson) who’s survived by simply being a badass zombie killer and they agree to travel together for a time. Tallahassee has one weakness though.

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Despite the fact everybody thinks Twinkies last forever (thanks to being made purely out of additives and colourings I assume) they actual do have an expiry date (about 25 days since you asked) so the pair detour into an out of town grocery store to find what may be the last box of Twinkies every to be enjoyed by man. After clearing out the store the guys meet ‘Wichita’ (Stone) and her little sister ‘Little Rock’ (Breslin) who set up a con to relieve the guys of the equipment and car.

The guys eventually catch up with the girls and, after a stand-off of sorts, agree to travel together. Wichita is taking Little Rock to an amusement park they once went to; with no other family it was the last place they were happy together and they’ve heard that there are no zombies out there. The movie then continues it’s amusing road trip (complete with that cameo you may have heard about) before the group split up again, but as you can imagine the lights and sounds of an amusement park are bound to attract some zombie attention…

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Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese initially conceived Zombieland as a TV pilot but after taking it to CBS and subsequently everyone else back in 2005, nobody was willing to make it as a show. So they worked on it a bit more and produced the film script that is now Zombieland… and I’m glad they did.

Zombieland is great fun from start to finish, packed full of humerous scenes and witty dialogue but not in the same forced way Diablo Cody, all the laughs are natural and at times hilarious. The movie drops your right into the action with Columbus avoiding zombies by following his rules.

The rules themselves are both a comic and visual treat, appearing right in amongst the action while conveying exactly why the rule came about. There are at least 32 rules but we only see about a dozen, betraying slightly it’s TV origin, though with a sequel heavily hinted at (not in the movie, it’s wrapped up quite satisfactorily, but in interviews) then hopefully we’ll eventually see them all.

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The zombies themselves are convincing, great make-up and are played right, as just a mindless danger to set the story off against. The casting is brilliant and while much is made of Harrelson’s return to form, this could be the role that sees Eisenberg step out from Michael Cera’s shadow.

While the story is fairly light (though action, romance and comedy are all in there) the only ‘horror’ film Paul Wernick had seen before was actually Shaun of the Dead and this perhaps helped him and Reese avoid any genre conventions of stupid mistakes by the characters.

While it’s not perfect, I can’t recommend Zombieland enough, it delivered a laugh out loud comedy that I decided to buy when it was out as soon as I left the cinema. Go see it!

Zombieland Review courtesy of Zombie Command.

47 Responses to “Zombieland Review”

  1. Darcy says:

    it was one of the greatest movie it is my fab movie lomg it was amazing :)
    loved it

    Biggest Fan
    Darcy Soles

  2. Tristan Jajo says:

    I have watched zombieland 49 times (yes i counted) because i am so empressed with they way they portray zombies. Also with the fact that the virus started out with a gulp and gas burger that was infected is just pure genuius……

  3. adrian says:

    it was gas n glup

  4. stacey says:

    omg that movie was funny as ever but scary at the same time and i lyk the man that loved the twinkies cuz i love twinkies too and plus he is very scary and now i kno wat to do if zombies ever cum ;)

  5. Alicia says:

    I am totally obsessed with this movie
    its amazing
    and i know this is weird but i have a bit of a thing for Columbus :)

  6. Tallahassee says:

    Tallahassee Is the greatest, he is so bad ass!

  7. Sam says:

    I lovvvvvveeee this movie and I’m a young pre teen girl.. Tallahassee is awesome and this movie isn’t scary its surprise scary

  8. sam says:

    awesome film guys i love the piano bit

  9. algrin says:

    i love this movie! fell in love w/ wichita the time she appeared in this movie..

  10. Janet says:

    I just watched it with my friend after having a zombie marathon night, we’re both obsessed with zombies, I thought it was the best zombie movie ever. Right up there past Shaun of the Dead. Awesome job!

  11. killer56 says:

    i like poop

  12. duncan says:

    probly the best movie ever, i liked it better then shawn of the dead

  13. Nathan says:

    Cannot wait till next one comes out 

  14. Katie says:

    I love this movie iv’e seen it a thousand times i cant wait to see the second one

  15. Katie says:

    I know all the rules and i would love to be in this movie mabye they will let me play in the second one hahahahaha i wish that would happen i would love to meet the people who were in this this movie that would be awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Jeanne says:

    Loved it couldnt get enuf of it i hope they make 5 movies of it i counted how many times i watched it and i came up with 79 times my favorite people were collumbus and little rock

  17. Mike says:

    I loved this movie. The zombies, chactors and story were great and it was a lol movie. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was only an hour an half long. What happened to two hours?

  18. mariana says:

    zombieland is my favorite movie of all time because it has realy funny and little rock was my favorite.

  19. mariana says:

    I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. mariana says:

    can I be in the 2nd one PLEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  21. BOOB says:

    the movie was a butt :(

  22. kirsten says:

    luved that movie!!!! haha now if i get in a car i automatically say rule 4 , seat belts

  23. Spice says:

    OMG, i love this movie, i was bored in school sos i decided to look up the rules!!! Funny stuff <3
    i love the characters and the whole movie, i love twinkies, but all they had were coconutties :(

  24. erin says:

    I LOVE ZOMBIELAND…. IT’S SO AWESOME!!!!!!

  25. jawstanic says:

    ive watched this movie a million times ALREADY!!!its an awesome movie I WANNA BE IN THE 2ND ONE PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD PLEASE TELL ME A WEB SITE AND ILL SEND THEM A MESSAGE TO BE IN IT!!!and i like columbios and tallhassy oh lets say all of them

  26. kieran atherton wn7 says:

    awsum film i am only 12 and i luved it

  27. Darrien7 says:

    guys my country is under attcak y zombies help! oh no bye

  28. snake98 says:

    Is there going to be a zombieland 2?

  29. alanis rodriguez says:

    omg i freakn loved the movie n i believe in 2012 zombies will be everywhere so mi n mi cuzsins are writing down these rules so we can learn them and be ready

  30. yoshi says:

    what happen is this become zombieland omg , i would b happy and scare

  31. stargirl27 says:

    omg mi in my best friend love the movie but like no other i nkow people be like yea yea yea ive head it befor be im the type that will do the same thing ill go crazy if this happend so be awear if i bc a zombie (i wont) thin whach out lol bye

  32. jbrady22 says:

    Best movie ever!!

  33. Pathmystery7 says:

    One of the most hilarious movies I seen in years! I say it’s a zombie-head shot to laughter!

  34. DA Ostud-28 says:

    dude this movie was the shit yo i love twinkies TO!!!!! :)

  35. justin says:

    THOES ZOMBIES LOOK REALLY UGLY:0

  36. Becky says:

    Rated R my @$$! R is the new PG-13! my 10 year old brother watched this and was totally fine. Awesome movie!

  37. chris says:

    wichita is hot. just sayin ;)

  38. paula says:

    That movie had and still has “a line straight to my funnybone” one of my fab……… rule # 32 ….enjoy thelittle things

  39. Shirley I'm Human says:

    Watching it right now for some Zombie Research and Development! I’m planning a Zombie themed Speech and Debate Tournament with my team. It’s going to be Zombie-rific!
    We LOVE this movie :D

  40. Theresa Rice says:

    I Went to the theatre with my kids and granddaughter who was 6 and we all loved it. Bought it when it came out and my granddaugher and I watch it at least 3 times a week sometimes more. Have the movie poster from theatre framed on my living room wall over the couch.

  41. Holly Megan says:

    I saw this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I majored in acting for film and this is one of those movies that just surprises you. You go in expecting it to be decent but it was well written, well acted and just overall well put together. About a year later (last weekend) I saw this movie and bought it, watched it again. So happy that it held up to what i remembered. Aside from Shaun of the Dead, it is difficult to find a good zombie movie that has comedy, drama and realism. This hit every note. There are a few things I may have changed if I was working on it but not much, I love this movie.

  42. hany says:

    i think little rock is ho awesome movie

  43. Selina says:

    BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was hilarious!!!!

  44. I think that it’s the most funniest film i have ever watched, a first when i looked at the cover of the DVD i actually thought that it was going to be one of them films that are about these people killing zombies. But then when i put it on and watched some of it, i couldn’t stop watching it!
    It’s the most amazing film ever and i love all the actors that play in it!
    It’s just the best film that anyone can watch, i keep on watching it over and over because it’s one of the funniest film’s i have ever seen! Love it

  45. Brayzo says:

    Killer56 i like poop too

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