Nerdy college student Columbus (Jessie Eisenberg) has 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.
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I thought I was getting a zombie comedy movie, instead I got a boring teen romance movie with zombies in the background. One huge problem is there's never any sense of danger or urgency, so I wasn't invested emotionally with any of the characters. I didn't care if they lived or died or whether low rent Michael Cera clone Jesse Eisenberg would hook up with Emma Stone or whether Woody Harrelson ever finds a Twinkie. This movie is in fact one big Twinkie. It's too light and sugary for my taste and has zero nutritional value. Oh sure the movie looks good at first, but the comedy (and zombies) feel like tacked on accessories to a predictable and ultimately pandering Hollywood plot. The "hero" learns to engage with other humans and finds the family he's always been looking for including the girl of course. Woody Harrelson is just there for contrast and to help the "hero" on his journey. The one exception to the general tedium is a cameo by Bill Murray. Unfortunately his role is a small and all too brief one. You want a funny and original zombie movie? Watch Shaun Of The Dead. This one might be good to watch while folding laundry.
I love Zombieland. It is one of the few movies I think that understands how to have fun and be humorous while still treating the character relationships and development seriously. It pokes fun at zombie movies without resorting to slapstick or stupid humor.
A tad overrated in my humble opinion. Breslin and Stone are cute characters but Eisenburg is his usual nasal and annoying self and Woody is, well, Woody. Much of the humor didn't land for me and the zombie's were simply props in the film. Still, worth a watch if you aren't expecting the masterpiece the reviews seem to think this is.
This movie has everything. Sarcasm, zombies, and Bill Murray, with clown death as an added bonus. Boy do I hate clowns. Watched it with my son, who is finally old enough to watch this kind of thing. Even funnier than I remember.
In the Zombie genre, it takes a special movie to really stand out. From Night of the Living Dead to Shaun of the Dead, there have been some clever takes. Zombieland is one of them. I saw it in theater's years ago and then again last night at home via Prime Video. The years have been kind and I enjoyed it as much or more than the first time. Woody Harrelson delivers a memorable performance as do all the primaries, and Bill as himself is a treat.
From the embedded rules that float in and out of the scenes and the actual character development, this is a creative treat for any fan of the genre and even those who don't normally get into this sort of horror flick. The comedy and human element make up for some questionable decisions the characters make, and the production and slow-mo gory scenes are fun. These are "fast" zombies, so be prepared to get your cardio going!
Darn it!!! AMAZING intro!!! I thought the whole movie was gonna be splatter and hilarious zombie kills. Oh boy, I was wrong. Sure, it has it's fair share of them but why oh why did they have to make it romance? Why the human element to the story? I was perfectly happy with zombie comedy horror overload. Woodie is a mild saving grace as the over the top zombie ass kicking machine but it's not quite enough to lift this out of the mire of romance, coming of age and the emotional aspect of losing your loved ones. I really, really could have done without any of that. I suppose it broadened the intended audience, but I'm not that guy. Sorry. More nuns dropping a piano on a zombie's head, less first kisses please and thank you. PLEASE. Not quite enough to break the 4 star mark, but not a bad movie. Don't get me all hype over a soccer mom getting blitzed then switch the game on me. That ain't cool. :) :) :)
I used this film for training ideas for the Apocalypse. I am truly ready. I double tap everything now. Two staples on every document. Two Styrofoam cups at the coffee machine. Two emails sent to everyone of MY FREAKIN great IDEAS. Two copies of every print out. Two trash cans because I get a lots of extra copies returned to me because those pencil necks have no clue. Work is going to be so awesome on that day. It was good movie. I enjoyed it. I thought Bill Murray was in it. did I miss the scene or was he removed. Maybe he was afraid of some freakin nut with some great ideas. Excellent comedy enjoyed it
4.0 out of 5 starsZombieland is sugary, spicy and with a little dash of Murray.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018
Zombieland is sugary, spicy and with a little dash of Murray. While 'Shaun of the Dead' started the trend of blending the undead with self-referential comedy (and arguably the better film), Zombieland puts the "Z" in zany. Both a survival horror and a road trip comedy that has just enough memorability to justify its ridiculously short runtime, ultimately leaving the audience wanting more. After the world is ravaged by the walking dead, four individuals travel to California in search for sanctuary and nostalgia. It immediately starts with a montage of clips that outlines the rules our protagonist abides by. Ranging from the sensible fastening your seatbelt and maintaining cardio to the more specific such as avoiding public bathrooms. Accompanied with quirky narration, these are adhered to throughout the film and provide several scenes of callback humour. The characters are quickly introduced and grouped together as they journey to Pacific Playland, each harnessing personalities that make them relatable. Columbus is exaggeratively awkward whereas Tallahassee is the Twinkie-loving badass who relishes in slaying zombies. Perfect casting choices with Eisenberg and Harrelson, with the two exhuming onscreen chemistry. It makes for sufficient, albeit predictable, character interactions and development. Some of the humour misses, but for the most part it works well. The laughs do not come from "double tapping" zombies, but rather the quips and dialogue between these survivors. The highlight being the complete ten minute sequence set in Bill Murray's mansion, with an ingenious cameo from himself. There's just something about him reenacting 'Ghostbusters' that puts a twinkle in my left eye. More often than not, scenes are rushed in an attempt to stuff the film with as much content as possible. Realistically the runtime needed to be twenty minutes longer to further flesh out the characters and the romance. Still, Tallahassee got his Twinkie, and that's all that matters. Zombieland is just as amusing as the amusement park it concludes with. Bloody good fun. Sequel please!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2020
watched on a hisense 50" 4k tv + xbonex as the disc player.
i am not generally a fan of the modern, faster moving zombie but zombieland is the movie exception that proves the rule. excellent casting makes invest your time in them and this is repaid with a rollercoaster ride (literally, at one point) of a movie. with one of the best cameos ever seen in a movie (take a bow bill murray) the blood and gore is balanced by some genuinely laugh out loud moments and some real pathos.
the 4k disc allows you to see this movie presented in its best form and is well worth a rewatch before watching the sequel zombieland double tap.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2013
Like others here I didn't really know what to expect from this movie, however to say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement! Woody Harrelson is superb as the nomadic 'Twinkie'-obsessed zombie-slayer with (very well) hidden depths, while the utterly gorgeous Emma Stone and nerdy Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network fame spark off one another nicely, as they, along with Abigail Breslin's deceptively innocent 'Little Rock', attempt to travel to a mythical place where it is said there are no zombies and where they can live peacefully. Spewing black bile and chowing-down on whoever they meet, the zombies themselves are deliciously disgusting, but it is the hilariously black comic tone created chiefly by Harrelson that makes this film such a joy - a cameo from Bill Murray is the icing on the cake, and director Ruben Fleischer has to be credited with making, along with Warm Bodies, what is arguably one of the two finest zombie flicks to date.
`Zombieland' is a pretty decent Zom-com and manages to be both gross and funny at the same time. This follows four people who are trying to survive in Zombieland (a decimated America) and who decide to stick together after a tricky meeting. They are headed to LA to go to Pacific Playland and try to avoid Zombies on the way. This open with funny Zombie evasion/survival rules which are added to throughout the film. The graphics for these rules pop up on the screen and are often knocked over or moved by the action on screen which is a novel touch. There is excellent acing from all involved and Woody Harrelson is as great as we have come to expect. There is also a cameo from another well known actor which makes for a funny five minutes in the film. This has a good soundtrack with a good mix of metal and other music to give the right balance of action and sentiment to the film. This is way better than I thought it would be and although it gets compared to `Shaun of the Dead' they are different movies really and just as enjoyable as each other in their own ways. This doesn't take itself too seriously and as long as you aren't expecting a full on zombie horror movie (although this is certainly gory, but with a pinch of salt) then this should make for just under 90 minutes entertaining viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 starsgreat fun, plenty of laughs and a standout performance from Woody Harrelson
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2011
I originally recorded this film on sky+ having seen it advertised during it's release and never thinking much of it or having any real desire to see it... just shows how wrong you can be. A hugely enjoyable film with some fantastic deadpan comic timing and delivery from its main stars. Woody Harrelson is brilliant in a role that seems to fit him perfectly. For a Zombie Horror/comedy the gore is there in all the right places, though always handled in a comic way. The cameo, mentioned in most reviews of the film, will bring a huge smile to anyone's face who was born/grew up in the 80s like me and adds some well placed laughs. For a film I had so little expectation of I cannot recommend the film enough! it's not an Oscar contender, it isn't going to go down as an all time great, but for pure enjoyment, laughs and re-watch value anytime you need a smile putting on your face, this is a fantastic film. On Blu-ray the picture and sound are top notch.
5.0 out of 5 starsZombies are funny. I think they stopped being scary for me ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2016
There's no getting around it: Zombies are funny. I think they stopped being scary for me along toward the end of "Night of the Living Dead." OK, maybe in a few others, like "28 Days Later." They're the Energizer Bunnies of corpses, existing primarily to be splattered. But who would have guessed such a funny movie as "Zombieland" could be made around zombies? No thanks to the zombies.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2011
I think it was made brilliantly imagine after the fear an heartbreak of losin everything in your life they would be humour in things you do . you can have a laugh and a giggle even when all is lost its just human nature. they is a lot of sense in his rule book from the hero of the film "the double tap and cardio" i did nothing but laugh for first 5 mins . the gore factor is just as good as any zombie film out there especially the slo mo effects at start of the movie and what a tune to kick it off "metallica for whom the bell tolls" i was surprised of the cameo appearance too.... its non stop they is the odd calm part to gel the movie together very well . Its very tongue and cheek with a good portion of gore and well worth a watch
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Walking Dead infused with Black Comedy.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2014
This is a great little gorefest with a near-perfect blend of action and comedy. The 4 main players acquit themselves well and there's not a dull moment in the 84 minute running time. The cute but feisty Abigail Breslin and smoulderingly sexy Emma Stone are wonderful as con-artist sisters who link up with geeky resourceful loner Jesse Eisenberg and hard-assed survivalist Woody Harrelson traversing a zombie-infested America. I found the decidedly tongue-in-cheek approach surprisingly endearing, but there's no shortage of full-on 'blood and guts' in the mix, and any fan of zombie flix should not let this little gem escape their attention.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2011
This is not typical Zombie movie with the dead rising and attacking the living film and the Zombies are not the classic George A Romeo shambling Zombies. They are the new breed fast, can climb and think!!
The characters are well thought out and very well acted. The Rules are a real nice touch as most Zombie films do not bother. The Zombie attacks are violent and although well spaced out the final twenty minutes are great. The film could have been a bit longer as at 84 minutes it is short but worth the money.
4.0 out of 5 starsBill Murray, eat your heart out . . .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2015
Nice to see ravenous running zombies again . . . Smallish spoiler alert.
Great start, nice pace, though there are a few 'can't-be-arsed' plot holes (the deus ex machina of the big yellow hummer; the inexplicable desire to visit the funfair; the shoe-horning of the always excellent Mr Murray into it). But I laughed and I jumped and what more can you ask of a zomcom?
5.0 out of 5 starsBill Murray as a Zombie what more could you ask for.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2013
I loved this film, I thought it was a good american story. It is clearly taking some lessons from Shaun of the Dead, but that isn't a bad thing. Woody Harrelson is brilliant and his character steals the show with this badass persona which makes him funny in his search for a Twinkey. While I know this isn't a deep film and not overally complicated it just appealed to me as a fun film to watch with Zombies. Then when you through in Bill Murray as himself and a zombie... well what else can you say?
Now, i'm now film critic, but i can safely say that Zombieland is an example of a great movie. There are many people that will say "Zombie films are just for people who are wrong in the head" but i would have to disagree. Zombieland is one of the very few "zom-coms" i have seen that has me constantly laughing. The satire style of humour just makes the characters seem more real. With great actors including Jessie Eisenburg (The Social Network), Woody Harleson (2012) and Emma Stone (Easy A), Zombieland is nowhere short of fantastic on the talent front. My only criticism of the film is that the storyline could be slightly better, but that's by the by. So go, buy this film before you miss out on what is one of the funniest films i've ever seen!