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Saturday, October 10, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: "ZOMBIELAND"

  With the latest slew of zombie-movies since the 2004's "Dawn of the Dead" Zack Snyder remake, it is always a welcome to see a truly original and maybe even funny take on the zombie genre. In the style of the hilarious and groundbreaking "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) rookie director.
   Ruben Fleischer brings a unique spin to the zombie movie with "Zombieland"! Starring Jesse Eisenberg, who coincidentally just starred in the comedy "Adventureland" (2009) as the unlikely and also somewhat un-named (known only as Columbus) main character of a college student struggling for survival with surprising optimism during the zombie apocalypse who meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) a redneck, survivalist with an obsession for Twinkies! Together they make their way across the country trying to survive and kill a few zombies. Along the way they meet Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two sisters on their way to an amusement park in order to reclaim their lost childhood while they're still alive to enjoy it.
The film is a humorous mix of first person voice-over featuring Columbus' numbered rules for survival and slapstick violence with the usual zombie gore. Through most of the movie we follow Columbus as his take on the whole zombie apocalypse is really only a minor inconvenience as he is usually so easy going despite the hordes of flesh eating undead! This could almost be compared to that of an American version of "Shaun of the Dead" but they are equally as great and funny! Also there is a very surprising and unlikely cameo. Hilarious!