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Zombieland

4

Dawn of the dead funny...

Whether set in a sleepy London suburb or a subterranean missile silo, most zombie films shuffle to life at the unhurried pace of the undead. Not this one. Sprinting from the starting blocks, Ruben Fleischer’s debut wittily dispenses with the apocalypse during its credit sequence, a virtuoso corpse-flinging montage of brains, bras and windshields exploding in glorious slow-mo. We then speed-date scaredy-cat survivor Columbus (Adventureland’s Jesse Eisenberg) who’s managed to avoid becoming a “human Happy Meal” by following rules that storm the screen as captions.

As Columbus’ ultra-vigilant edicts illustrate, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are extremely movie-savvy, their whipsmart script offering indispensable advice such as “Check the backseat” (rule #31) and “Don’t be stingy with your bullets” (rule #4). George A. Romero would surely agree. But you also get the sense that Columbus nursed these anxieties before the world went to hell on a handcart. He’s a sweet, endearingly awkward character whose dream to find “a marriageable woman” and brush her hair behind her ear makes an amusing contrast to his new cohort, snakeskin cowboy Tallahassee (Harrelson, approaching a career-best) who’s “in the ass-kicking business – and business is gooooood!”

Though it’s a little light on plot and jeopardy, Zombieland’s distinction is that it’s funny throughout, often screamingly so. Besides Eisenberg’s brilliant Peep Show-style voiceover and surreal /Scrubs/-like digressions, the cast (including Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as a pair of con-artist sisters) are all accomplished funny people. Meanwhile, an extended midsection trip to the Hollywood home of a Very Famous Comic Actor (no spoilers) allows said guest star to send himself up royally.  “I’ve been watching you since I’ve been masturbating!” overshares Tallahassee, with the sort of infectious enthusiasm typical of a rom-zom-com that more than earns its place in an already overcrowded field. Better than Braindead or Shaun? Nope. But make no mistake, Zombieland rules.

Verdict:

An out-and-out, stand-on-the-seat-and-shout-it-aloud crowd-pleaser, Zombieland is one of the better Hollywood comedies of the year. Rarely has society’s total meltdown been such zippy, carefree fun.

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    • totalmilf

      Oct 11th 2009, 22:58

      5

      I agree - Screamingly Funny. My friend Katie had such a fit of the giggles she almost forgot to breathe! Recommend highly for fans of comedy and also for those of the Zombie genre. :D

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    • totalmilf

      Oct 11th 2009, 23:25

      5

      Sooooooooooo funny, and a must for fans of the zombie genre. The 'rules' are brilliant - finally our movie protagonist learns to check the back seat - something so retardedly simple, yet something which most horror-movie characters fail to do - much to the annoyance of the more cynical audience member (e.g. = me), who selfishly refuses to suspend their disbelief, and so concludes these characters fully deserve to die, for their unending stupidity. From Rule No. 1: 'Cardio', to the hilarious 'double-tap' and 'don't be stingy with bullets'... this film had me in stitches... and the cameo from Bill Murray (as himself) was a stroke of genius. Loved this film.

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    • BazVanderClap

      Oct 16th 2009, 3:29

      3

      totalmilf: thanks for the cameo spoiler. To be honest, I found Zombieland so light on plot and purpose that the gags and performances (take a bow, Woody), however good, couldn't quite paper over it's deficiencies. However, as a direct result of watching this film, I have fallen completely in love with Emma Stone, so swings and roundabouts, eh?

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    • thedarkknight

      Oct 16th 2009, 21:41

      5

      One of the best films of the year. Well done Woody, and kudos to Emma Stone for being retardedly hot AND talented.

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    • Jkaltz11

      Oct 19th 2009, 19:11

      4

      It was quite good and much better than I expected.

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    • zodiacspeaking

      Oct 22nd 2009, 14:17

      5

      One of the best movies of the year funny the whole way through. Woody Harrleson never gets leading roles so it was great to see him in a leading comedy role. I'd say its better then shaun of the dead anyday.

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    • FranzMcGyver

      Oct 31st 2009, 13:15

      great film woody harrleson is criminally underused in films nowadays. he was brilliant in no country for old men and really should get more roles. http://www.itsnotatumour.com/kesleyitsnotatumourcom/cheers-actor-battles-the-undeadkesley-wilson-goes-out-on-a-day-trip-to-zombieland/

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    • dztop

      Jan 7th 2010, 19:33

      4

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    • beck79

      Mar 12th 2010, 13:29

      4

      Really enjoyed this film. It manages to be funny and entertaining without trying too hard to be original. The cameo was amazing and totalmilf is such an idiot for giving that away - that's the best part of the film.

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    • rashood23

      Dec 11th 2010, 11:53

      5

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    • rashood23

      Dec 11th 2010, 11:55

      5

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    • jimb45

      Jan 23rd 2011, 3:10

      5

      Woody is so good in this movie. He is so wild to watch. This is a movie that you have to see. accutane attorneys

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