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Published on October 8th, 2009 | by Sharon

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Zombieland

ZombielandposterLast night I went to see Zombieland as suggested in  Darren & Lotties Two Sheets to the Wind: Top 5 Zombie Movies.  She was right a recount must be made. (attempting to keep this spoilers free)

The film is a most excellent romp through the now established genre of the Zom Rom Com. One of the most fun zombie movies I’ve seen since Shaun of the Dead. Whilst it is a comedy it is also has enough dark stained blood vomiting zombies to keep horror fans happy.  The pace is constant. The humour non stop. Counting the movie references will make your head spin and the director (Ruben Fleischer) uses the insert-the-text-into-the-scene feature exactly as it should be used, as a toy!

It starts as all good zombie movies must, with a man alone. Our hero is Columbus played by Jesse Eisenberg. You know the type.  He’s fast on his feet, he has rules for survival, he has no one and nothing to tie him down. Yes. That type. The Friendless Loser.
Apart from being a Michael Cera style character without the charm and good looks you get the distinct impression that he was chosen specifically so you wouldn’t actually mind if he got eaten.  Despite that, perhaps even because of that, you come to like the guy.

Along the road he hooks up with the others,
Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), The darnest, roughest rooten tootenest most vicious Zombie Killer ever born. He’s got one weakness, an addiction so bad it just might get him killed.
Wichita (Emma Stone), the gorgeous babe who makes our protagonist wonder if there was any truth to the line he’d heard from so many women “only if you were the last man on earth”.
Her sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), she was wonderful in little miss sunshine and she’s the great here.
There are no names, only directions, and for a little while these strangers roads travel the same line.

In short; It’s a tasty bloody gooey man-wich of a film that may inspire you to invent your own “Zombie Kill of the Week”.  Extra points for style.

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9 Responses to Zombieland

  1. Ross says:

    I can’t wait to see it!

  2. ZOMBIELAND was a hilarious film and a fine new entry to the zombie movie library. It’s short enough to leave you wanting more; fast enough to keep you riveted; funny enough to make you laugh out loud; and over-the-top enough to make the gore acceptable as a comic prop. Comparisons to SHAUN OF THE DEAD are only surface. They’re different kinds of zombie films and different kinds of comedy. Both are terrific, and once Zombieland is out on DVD there are going to be a whole lot of double features, starting with one at my house.

    -Jonathan Maberry
    Author of PATIENT ZERO (St. Martins Griffin) and ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Citadel Press) and MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN Issue #3 (Marvel Comics)

  3. David says:

    Looking forward to my man-wich! (Nice review Sharon!)

    *Cough splutter cough* Jonathan… big fan.

  4. Niall says:

    It’s not out until Jan 14th in the Netherlands so it’s another I’ll have to see at home.

    @Jonathan A writer for Marvel? Awesome!!

  5. Lottie says:

    CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!!!

  6. hugo fitzpatrick says:

    I loved it. There’s rumors that there could be A LOT of sequel’s. They originally wanted it to be a tv series.

    They think they have enough material for about 12 movies. But realistically it will be less than that.

    And apparently the cast loved it so much they are willing to come back once or twice.

    I think its short, snappy, hilarious and charming enough to work.

    Nut up, or shut up!

  7. sharon says:

    whoa. an author of marvel zombies return?? holy shmoley batman. I love Marvel Zombies. haven’t read all of the return yet but plan to. Can’t wait to read issue 3 so! The covers are marvel zombies Great 🙂

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