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Zombieland (2009)

(R) 89 mins

Plot Summary: Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) are about to stare down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other’s company.  Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin co-star in this double-hitting, head-smashing comedy.

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Serious Jest:  (Must Own)  I love zombie movies…especially “fast zombie” movies.  I also love Harrelson.  This flick is one of the best of both of those categories.

Be forewarned: this movie is sometimes silly and a bit of a farce.  It won’t go out of its way to explain the intricacies of how the zombie apocalypse began, beyond a quick one-liner.  There are also a few “yeah right” moments.  You might find yourself thinking that, with a little more thought, this film could have been even more awesome.

But, in the end, none of that matters…at least not for our purposes.  This film is awesome for its entertainment value, rather than for an accurate depiction of how people would react in a zombie apocalypse.  If you want to see more of the latter, check out The Walking Dead.  However, if you want to see a great cast kick some zombie ass in creative ways and throw hilarious quips at each other, along with some cool camera shots, an original use of Rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse, and a theatrical-money-shot ending, buy–don’t just rent–this movie…you’re going to watch it multiple times.

CraigMakk(Must Own) I own this movie, and so should you. If you like any of the following genres, this movie is right up your alley: a) Comedies, b) Black Comedies, c) Zombie Movies, or d) movies with cool, hot chicks and Woody Harrleson in them. Especially that last one, because Woody Harrelson steals every scene he is in.

Much like my good partner already said, this movie really excels by not focusing on the “how’s” of the Zombie Apocalypse, because we’ve all seen that before….many, many times. This movie is smart enough to begin after humanity has already had it’s collective ass eaten, and survivors are doing just that: surviving. This allows you to just jump right in, get your feet wet, and not worry about (or pick apart, if you’re Mike Lock) the specifics  and just watch the insanity. And I can say without spoiling anything, this movie has the single GREATEST cameo of all time. In the history of Moviedom. Seriously, you will know it when you see it, and boy, will you be on the floor when it happens.

In the end, this movie is an excellent take on the Zombie Apocolypse that you will enjoy watching over and over again. The comedy makes multiple viewings worthwhile, and the zombie aspect is different enough to bring some beautil action sequences to your home theater set-up. Either way, make sure you have a notepad nearby, because you will want to remember all of Columbus’ “Rules for Survival” when the eventual Zombie Outbreak hits us as well. Or just stock up on shotguns, beer, and video games like Left 4 Dead like I do. If what I see on the news is true, I should be able to train myself at home to be a killing machine in no time at all. When it hits, be sure and search out the Zombie-Killer that simply goes by “ManCave Studios”…just like in the studio, Rule Number Five of the Zombie Invasion is “No Real Names means No Attachments!” Now that I think about it, you’re on your own. There’s only so many Twinkies left on Earth, and they’re MINE.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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