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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2010
This was a light-hearted take on the traditional zombie move. Fun to watch and inventive the movie gave life in to a well covered topic. My all-time standard is Dawn of the dead... and while this movie has many of the same comedic and funny parts it lacks any of the sheer action you get in Dawn of the Dead. This one is somewhere between Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead to me. A must see and loads of bits that you will enjoy, from the first girlfriend moment to the Bill Murray cameo kudos on the concept and I hope we see a second movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Zombie movies are now a genre onto themselves. Perhaps due to the new popularity of zombie-killin' video games such as Left 4 Dead, people just love watching characters blow away zombies en masse. Now a legitimate commercial force, zombie films such as Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead reveal the lighter side of the undead and the end of the world as we know it.

Not going in expecting too much (I mean, you can't -- can't -- CAN'T -- top Shaun of the Dead) I was pleasantly surprised by Zombieland and its stellar American cast. Jesse Eisenberg, for anyone who hasn't seen Adventureland yet (shame on you!) is a talented young actor who can (gasp!) actually portray a character rather than a charicature! Cera-like in his demeanor, he portrays young Columbus Ohia as a smart nerdy survivor with heart. Everybody is beginning to learn that Emma Stone, who plays Wichita Kansas, is more than just a pretty gace. Abigail Breslin (Little Rock Arkansas) and Woody Harrelson (Tallahasee Florida) have strong resumes that speak for themselves. Woody fans will enjoy his return to a tough guy role, but one not without history and heart.

What makes this movie different and special was its unique usage of Columbus' "rules" of survival in the post-Zombie world, or "Zombieland" as he calls it. These rules, recurring through the entire movie, are used in clever and unexpected ways to enhance the danger or comedy. But will his rules enable our hearty band of survivors to stick together?

There's also a stellar uncredited cameo which may make the movie worth the price of admission to some fans.

The movie culminates with a showdown to beat all showdowns, four against an entire amusement part full of zombies. It's every zombie-fan's dream situation. You're going to love it. Trust me.

5 stars. A unique and fun comedy-horror-adventure-drama.
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The zombie apocalypse isn't exactly fertile fodder for comedy. I mean, everybody is either dead, zombified or in danger of being eaten.

But God bless Ruben Fleischer, he managed to wring some comedy out of a world overrun by brain-eating abominations -- despite the bleak setting, the quirky way it's presented (complete with "zombie rules") keeps it from ever becoming too grim. Also, there is a lot of splattergore, snappy dialogue, Twinkie lust and the occasional Bill Murray cameo.

Two months ago, a strain of mad cow disease mutated into a zombie plague. Ever since his hot neighbor went zombie and tried to eat him, "Columbus" (Jesse Eisenberg) has been traveling to Ohio. But he ends up having to drive with "Tallahassee" (Woody Harrelson), a hot-headed gun-slinging zombie-killer with a deep love for Twinkies and an even greater love for killing zombies.

Then the two men get hijacked by con artists "Wichita" (Emma Stone) and her younger sister "Little Rock" (Abigail Breslin), who are seeking "Pacific Playland" in Los Angeles... which for some reason they think is zombie-free. The little group grows closer while they take shelter in a Hollywood mansion, but are their bonds strong enough to keep them together when zombies attack?

"Zombieland" is one of those rare comedies that takes a really bleak subject and makes it incredibly quirky and funny. Yes, there's a lot of violence -- the climax is basically one big zombie-sploding celebration of gore -- but the movie never loses its quirky sense of humor. Exhibit A: Tallahassee's ongoing quest for spongy cream-filled Hostess goodness.

Oh, Fleischer does address the losses and tragedy of the zombie apocalypse -- Tallahassee has a tragic backstory, and we often see towns left in abandoned ruins except for the zombies. But he never lets it bog down the story, and instead focuses on oddball comedy (Bill Murray! Everything about Bill Murray!) and dialogue ("My mama always told me someday I'd be good at something. Who'd'a guessed that something'd be zombie-killing?").

And the climax is utterly awesome in every way. Without revealing too much, it pretty much encapsulates everything fun about the movie.... but in concentrated form.

And the actors are all pretty perfect -- Eisenberg effectively plays a nerdy, shy guy riddled with phobias (including clowns), who is the last person you'd expect to survive a zombie apocalypse. And he's perfect next to the rough, tough, delightfully eccentric redneck Harrelson, who roars and blasts his way through any zombie zone -- they're a zombiepocalypse odd couple par excellence. Stone and Breslin aren't quite as much fun as their male counterparts, but the "twelve is the new twenty" brashness is pretty funny.

Zombies are chic right now, but "Zombieland" is definitely something special -- a wild, bloody comedy that doesn't let the zombiepocalypse kill the funny.
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on October 23, 2011
An irreverent, ultra-modern and geektastic take on the zombie film. The performances are great and the script, for the most part, is excellent.

Two weaknesses: though the writers are clearly going for tough and independent, the female characters initially come off as opportunistic and mercenary; completely unlikeable. Once they've been set up, however, they're allowed to grow a little (until they're then thrust into the tired role of damsels in distress).

Second: an odd interlude featuring a Big Name Cameo is stretched thin, drags on, and is ultimately a let-down. I actually skip these scenes during rewatches.

That said, don't let the above-mentioned nit-picks dissuade you, Zombieland is a fanatastic addition to the horror-comedy ranks.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 6, 2010
This movie is a must-own for anyone who is a fan of Zombie movies. It actually replaced "Dawn of the Dead" as my favourite zombie pic!

This movie is laugh-out-loud funny throughout. My husband and I watched it in the theatre and re-hashed the funniest scenes the entire way home. It will make you laugh from the beginning, but there are well-done serious scenes as well. The casting was spot on, and Woody Harrelson is awesome as a loner trying to make his way through the zombie-infested world. The acting was convincing, the plot compelling, and the laughs genuine.

I will watch this one again and again!
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on April 22, 2013
One of my favorite movies! Any Zombie fans, you need to add this to your collection, and everyone else this is simply a great movie and if you haven't seen it yet then buy it now! It does everything right, character development, plot, rising action, everything you would ask of a movie (and seem to not always get for some reason). The movie makes a few fun twists that you would never expect and although it has some dark under tons the surfaces if fun and thrilling. A must see!
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on April 6, 2011
A great softcore zombie movie for fans of zombies, humor, and those not-too-serious-films.
I personally found this more appealing than other movies like Shaun of the Death since there's less stupid moments (stupid as in not funny stupid just plain stupid) and more humor and storyline which is funny since most zombie movies have little to no story.

Lots of funny moments and scary ones, overall I'd say it'd make a great addition to your collection.
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on December 9, 2013
I love horror movies and have a soft spot (sic) for Zombies. I hate ridiculous ones and this one sure isn't one of them. At first I was sceptical, it was too funny but as time went on it really 'got' me. It's a first rate zombie film but with a lot of humour. I never knew what would happen even until the end. Great acting from all actors. Very fast-paced, time flew while watching this film. A must for all zombie lovers!
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on April 17, 2014
My 13 year old son asked me to order this movie and watch it with him. He finds it rather funny. I smiled once in a while, but didn't laugh. The characters are very caricatural, as expected in a comedy. The girls really think they have the control of the situation, but finally realise how far from control they happen to be. I have always thought that the concept of zombies is ridiculous anyway.
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on August 22, 2011
Excellent Movie! Soooo funny! I don't like many scary movies but I thought if Woody was in this might be a bit different and it was!
There is lots of good tips if you ever meet up with a Zombie. Could save your life, best to be ready! Great movie for anyone with a sense of humour!
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