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Oct 31, 2009

Film Review: Zombieland

zombieland-posterZombieland is not the reinvention of the zombie horror genre but it is the innovation of it. Fun, not based on blood and splatter but occurring around it and because of it, is the grand exhale awaiting horror and zombie film inside of the realm of Zombieland, or Zland, as it’s surviving, human inhabitants refer to it as.

With Torture Horror on the decline of popularity and certain zombie films not living up to the hype, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later being the exception, Zombieland takes the road less traveled, and involves a far less realistic approach to the end of society via zombies and a zombie virus. At same time, the viewer is given a comedy horror movie hybrid involving zombies and the undead running unhindered across the globe.

The greatest comedic asset to Zombieland are the rules introduced by the film’s main protagonists Columbus Ohio (Jesse Esienberg), and later expanded upon when he comes into contact with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). The survival rules are flashed across the screen first as an illustration of the ways in which Columbus Ohio has managed to stay alive when almost everyone else in society has perished and second as comedic billboard elaboration of what just happened on screen and why it has occurred. Everyone will have their own favorite rule(s): Rule 1. Cardio, Rule 2. Double Tap, Rule 3. Beware of bathrooms, etc. Double Tap is the rule that will probably be the crowd favorite as it used to great effect numerous times. Double Tap is not a mere Columbus Ohio rule for surviving in a zombie-infested world. It is also an admonishment for the asinine behavior exhibited by protagonists in many previous zombie films where they believe the zombie to be dead  (idiotic since they are already deceased) only to be attacked, bitten, and doomed (being bitten infects you with the zombie disease) because of their oversight and lack of thoroughness.

Zombieland is not perfect and was never intended to be the quintessential zombie film, the zombie genre’s The Godfather. That title probably belongs to Romero’s Day of the Dead, which examined societal behaviors in the context of a zombie movie. Diverting from social commentary was zombie foray Shaun of the Dead, where the film’s main protagonists were actually human zombies, drones oblivious to the world around them. Shaun of the Dead successfully mixed comedy with a zombie outbreak like in Zombieland but not nearly with as much flare as has been accomplished in this film

Zombie lexicon digressions aside, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, like its final local, is an amusement park for zombie and horror film lovers. The implications of the characters’ lackadaisical attitudes and apocalyptic realities (represented in McCarthy’s book The Road and Matheson’s book I Am Legend) are left by the side of the road like expired Twinkies. Like Twinkies however, Zombieland is sweet and will be out of your system quickly but it is fun while being consumed.

Rating: 8.5/10

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  • arierich

    Great movie! Really funny! Made me jump during the beginning scenes, but funny!
    I enjoyed the rules too, lol.

    Arie Rich
    KMPBlog.com

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    This film did not make me jump at all. I guess i have seen too many horror films.

  • Lew1

    Im going to watch this film tonight hope its good, surley it cannot be better then Shawn of the dead that film rocked. Im supprised that the film was such a hit in USA as we tend to have different views in funny.

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    Both films are heavy on comedy so they are similar in that respect. I have only seen Shaun of the Dead once but from what I remember, the first two acts of Zombieland are better than Shaun.

  • Lew1

    So I have just watched this film and it was really good. It does have some similar points to Shawn of the dead but both are funny for different reasons. I loved the Bill Murray scene that was super funny and woody Harrison’s character was great. When I saw in your post about the rules that kept popping up I was not sure what to expect but they were actually very clever and work well within the film. Oh yeah and Emma Stone is hot so what more do you need zombies and a hot chick also a little appearance from Amber Heard. I might even be as bold to say as this film is in my top 10 films. ps FB watch Shawn of the Dead again trust me.

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    I was really not expecting Bill Murray to show up in the film. Him getting shot was so stupid though. Did you stay after the credits for the extra scene with Murray?

    Yes Emma Stone is hot. She was funny as hell in The House Bunny.

    If your into Amber Heard, rent The Informers.

    Your top ten needs to be…reevaluated in Zombieland is there.

    I'm probably not going to be watching Shaun of the Dead anytime soon. For the most part, I like my horror taken seriously.

  • Lew1

    No I did not wait till after the credits. What happened? I have not seen a horror film in a long long time that has scared me or made me jump, plus I would rather laugh any way. I really enjoyed it Ok so mayby your right their are better films out their but when I watch films like 28 weeks later It did nothing for me It was not frightning so I was left with say an 1hour and a half of people runnig around scared. At least with zland it was humourous. Life is serious enough as it is. Mayby though I have seen to many films to have a top 10?

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    Murray and Harrelson do a line/scene from Cadieshack for Murray's death scene.

  • Lew1

    Sorry was not sure where to put this but I just watched Land of the dead on blueray an man did that film suck. It was not scary and is was just so not what I Expected. One of my main hates is when films make silly errors. There was a scene where there was a zombie corpse walking with no head I know that zombie are not real but come on even they can not move if their spinal column has been severed and there is no brain to instruct the body to move. 28 weeks later was so much better and so was Zombie land. I was just really disappointed with this film and needed to rant as I cannot understand why it is rated so highly.

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    I have only seen Land of the Dead once and for go reason: It was far below my expectations. I love the majority of Romero's work, especially The Dark Half, but Land was lousy. I heard the original script was good though.

  • Lew1

    Sorry was not sure where to put this but I just watched Land of the dead on blueray an man did that film suck. It was not scary and is was just so not what I Expected. One of my main hates is when films make silly errors. There was a scene where there was a zombie corpse walking with no head I know that zombie are not real but come on even they can not move if their spinal column has been severed and there is no brain to instruct the body to move. 28 weeks later was so much better and so was Zombie land. I was just really disappointed with this film and needed to rant as I cannot understand why it is rated so highly.

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    I have only seen Land of the Dead once and for go reason: It was far below my expectations. I love the majority of Romero's work, especially The Dark Half, but Land was lousy. I heard the original script was good though.