Let me start by saying I am not typically a fan of Zombie movies. I don’t think watching people bite into each other flesh is “sweet” or “awesome” and I think the zombie genre as a whole has become a bad joke. That being said, Zombieland was a completely pleasant surprise.
The first half an hour, I’ll admit I was checking the time. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) instantly tags the film as a cult comedy by narrating the rules for surviving “Zombieland” as well as revealing his social and sexual history. While in route to Columbus Ohio, (a plot point the just fizzles away half way through) he encounters Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) who is a grudge bearing, gun toting, zombie killing expert. The two make an un-expected but exceptional comedic duo. In route, the two get conned by Wichita (Emma Stone) who later turns to an ally/love interest and her little sister, Little Rock (Abigail Breslin)
Fourty-five minutes into Zombieland, the action and comedy kick into high gear. The “trust no one” mentality of Zombieland mixed with the constant threat of zombie attacks had me almost at the edge of my seat. It succeeds in ways other action comedies like Ghostbusters have in the past. Breaking the genre down into the simplest form. In this case, don’t get killed my Zombies.
There is an amazing cameo (I feel like I shouldn’t spoil the surprise) and an end sequence that deserves (and in my screening, got) a round of applause from the audience. Enjoy this one while you can, because there are some real downers coming our way this Fall.