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Zombieland (2009)

An American post-apocalyptic zombie comedy movie directed by Ruben Fleischer

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  • Oct 6, 2009
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No matter where Woody Harrelson's career has taken him, Zombieland will probably go down as one of the funniest movies he has ever been in.  If you're a zombie lover and a fan of comedy, then you're going to love this goretastic film.  With a comfortable mix of blood, guts and comedy, Zombieland offers a fun time for any movie goer.  As the "zombie" genre keeps gaining momentum, the film is a fine addition to others in its class like Shaun of the Dead and Fido.  I think filmmakers finally realized that they could make more money off comedic gore than more serious toned films like 28 Days Later and I Am Legend. and Zombieland proves that. 

Like in most Zombie films, a worldwide epidemic effects the mass populus of the world.  One of the survivors, only known as "Columbus", comes up with a list of rules to follow, almost like a survivors guide.  Some of these rules include 'Cardio", "Beware of Bathrooms" and the "Double Tap".  When Columbus meets "Tallahassee", a man who takes a lot of pride in his zombie kills, the two reluctantly team up to up their chances of survival.  Later, while stopping for twinkies, Tallahassee and Columbus come across two sisters, "Wichita" and "Little Rock" who, much to their surprise, hold them up for their truck and guns.  When they meet up again, the also reluctantly team up.  Now on their way to Pacific Playland in LA, a place supposedly untouched by the Zombie scourge, this rag tag group will fight their way there, while also allowing a little fun in between.

Don't take Zombieland seriously, because the film doesn't.  That's why it was such a fun movie to see.  Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are hilarious together as is Little Rock played by Abigail Breslin who is just a 13 year old girl.  Zombieland is successful due to a lot of cheap pops like a little old lady dropping a piano on a zombie to get the "Zombie Kill of the Week".  On top of that, there is a great cameo by a certain somebody that everyone will just go hysterical over.  The truly best parts of Zombieland come from Columbus' list of rules for zombie survival.  Throughout the movie, these little rules will pop up when ever they are referenced.  While the writing won't get nominated for any awards, the dialogue in the film is witty and fun, as are the awesome zombie kills.

There are two things I will say to movie goers.  One, if you know you don't like gore, than don't buy a damned movie ticket to a film called Zombieland!  If the title of the movie doesn't give you a hint, you need some help.  There were way too many people in the theater complaining about that.  Second, don't take your child to see the movie!  Are you serious?  Z-O-M-B-I-E-L-A-N-D!  This is a movie for teens and adults.  If you are not in this demographic of people, than enjoy the film, I know I did.  It almost makes me want to be a zombie so I could... nevermind.  See Zombieland, it's a wicked good time!  5/5!
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review by . October 31, 2011
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Ah, the good old zombie apocalypse. That great fantasy scenario which allows people to envision going on destructive, murderous rampages while still emerging as the good guy.     Zombieland forgoes the regular rote of showing the apocalypse itself or even giving us a backstory to pin to it. All we know is that we are suddenly given this character, Columbus, who is running away from his life as a student at the University of Texas. We first see him in Garland picking up fuel ("You …
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I Liked the Edited Version of Zombieland
If I had actually watched the entire movie, my rating would surely be negative. But since I watched the movie with a friend kind enough to cover my eyes every time some gory attack or dismembering or blood spurting occurred, I moderately enjoyed the movie. In fact, as far as I know, one out of every four scenes was the back of someone's hand.      Between the scenes of the undead creating more carnage, there were some genuinely clever and entertaining moments. …
review by . July 17, 2010
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review by . October 07, 2009
When I first heard of Zombieland and saw the previews my first reaction is... "I'm not sure if I want to see this."  And then a friend of mine saw it and said, "It's like Shaun of the Dead."  This brings me to my first confession.  I am one of about twelve people in the world who actually didn't like Shaun of the Dead.  There was nothing wrong with it, per se, I just didn't like it much.  So I started thinking, "I'm probably going …
review by . February 27, 2011
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Filmed entirely in the state of Georgia.

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 ofZombieland, 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. AlthoughZombielandgets 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...
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Director: Ruben Fleischer
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 2, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 80 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures
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