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Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he’s scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they 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.
If there's been a zombie apocalypse and you're road-tripping alone though the wasteland, you could do worse than run into Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a bourbon-swilling bad-boy butt-kicker with a really cool car. This is where the careful hero of Zombieland, a kid nicknamed Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), finds himself early in the film, and you can hardly blame him for hitching a ride with this swaggering Alpha Male. Still, they have their hands full not only with gibbering zombies but also with two sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) who will stop at nothing to reach a Disneyland-like amusement park in L.A. Although Zombieland gets off to a rocky start with Columbus's overly-cute narration (he's got a list of rules for surviving in the zombie world), it settles into an amusing comedy, regularly interrupted by bouts of blood-letting. The road-trip stuff is enough fun that when the movie does arrive at its version of Disneyland, the air goes out of it a little; sure, there's a giant zombie blowout, with entrails flying, but it's not quite the same. Director Ruben Fleischer keeps the gags coming, although the movie is often funnier in its odd little asides (both Eisenberg and Harrelson are expert at this) than in its official jokes. Comic high point: an interlude at the home of a very famous movie star, who plays himself--and we'll leave the spoiler unspoiled, in case anybody hasn't heard about this funny extended cameo. --Robert Horton
Stills from Zombieland (Click for larger image)
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The acting is perfect for the writing which makes this not a scary movie at all but a comedy with a horror type backstory. Tallahassee in search of a fresh Hostess treat is a running joke throughout the movie.
The only things I can think I really wanted to see more of where more into being "prepared" tand learning to survive in a doomsday scenario both physically and mentally. Both obvious and subtle things. Like "Rule X: Cardio" being obvious, compared to showing that you can run circles to "trail" zombies like in video games to save ammo being subtle. Other subtle themes occur like the girls tricking them, and the joy you find in simple things (twinkies). The burning of money for warmth was also very symbolic, though overused.
I'd say yet again 9/10, probably around top 10-20 favorite movies. (Though I'm noticing I only review anything above a 7/10 on my scale. Will attempt to review those movies I didn't like much, or hated like "Meet the Millers". (Glorifying the Mexican-cartel drug trade? You serious?)
Jesse Eisenberg shows up with this performance, giving you a slight view of what to expect with "The Social Network". His deadpan voice overs with awesome one liners really draw you in.
Woody Harrelson brings back the same intensity of "Natural Born Killers" but this time the ability to comfortably laugh at his jokes with no guilt later for liking him. The writers really played to his abilities, and it shows.
Emma Stone does play this a little too cold for what a grifter would be like. And even though you already know her and columbus will get together, you still find yourself hoping upon hope for them.
(As of writting this Hostess was still out of business) I did find the extreme craving for twinkies annoying after hearing about them consistantly. When Hostess went out of business, I found myself sad because Tallahassee would not gt his twinkies anyways.
Overall, very entertaining and worth every minute invested. Most of the extra features are hoot, and started to enjoy those as much as the movie. and watching with the PNP making of feature was a great comparison tool.