I will be fairly brief with this review, since it’s one of the rare occasions that we discuss a movie that is still in theaters. Zombieland is a horror-comedy (emphasis on comedy) fun ride. If you’re a George Romero fan, enjoy Shaun of the Dead, or are looking forward to Left 4 Dead 2, then you should enjoy all 88 minutes of Zombieland.
Yes, the fabled cameo lives up to all the hype. Spoilers have been everywhere, but I somehow made it to the second weekend without having the secret ruined. If you care and haven’t already had the cameo spoiled, don’t visit the IMDB links in this post and get to the theater now.
The story begins with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), survivor of a zombie creating plague ala 28 Days Later, trying to make his way across country to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Along the way he meets up with southern fried zombie killing machine, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a pair of sisters played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, and a whole lot of zombies. It won’t make the Academy’s list of best screenplay nominees, but the plot does what it needs to.
Great casting and good performances are what make this movie work. All four leads are solid, though the guys are exceptional. Harrelson is absolutely perfect as Tallahassee and Jesse Eisenberg nearly outdoes Michael Cera on the awkward nerd type.
The computer graphics and special effects add to the playfulness of the movie and are a nice touch. And a Metallica opening theme is bound to earn some extra points from me.
I certainly intend to so see Zombieland again and I could see it making it’s way to onto the list of classics (next to Army of Darkness?) that are hauled out for those rare nerd buddy get togethers.