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Zombieland (2009)

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

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Preposterous Blockbuster Zombie Flick

  • Jun 24, 2010
Don't get me wrong. I don't mind a horror comedy. In fact, some of them are relatively good in that annoyingly yet infectious way which usually spells out "instant cult classic" to most moviegoers. Biozombie perhaps would be the best example of a zomedy film that actually doesn't suck & pre-dates Shaun Of The Dead. I had relatively high hopes for Zombieland initially.

Surprisingly, the opening scenes of Zombieland sold me although I can't say the rest of the film holds much interest. The rules given by our lead protagonist were clever enough & oddly promising even though it would suffice to say Jesse Eisenberg has played the same character in virtually every film he's ever made. Eisenberg may have some acting skills (albeit limited) but I've yet to see a film where his talents are truly showcased. Having said that, his rules on how to survive in a zombie wasteland are "some kind of awesome" yet I can't help but wish someone else had delivered them.

On the other hand, Woody Harrelson is an unpredictable actor & can crank out a helluva performance yet somehow his cowboy character here is barely more than a parody of his not-so great past works. Sure, his one-liners are kinda cute & drip with wit occasionally but nothing here would merit any comparisons to the kind of dialog Tarantino, Rodriguez, or even Zombie would've written. Poor Woody. He deserves more work (or better and meatier roles) but it's doubtful that Zombieland will keep his name on the map for very long. Within a year's time, no one will care about this movie & Harrelson's performance would have been long forgotten.

I can't seem speak for Emma Stone at this point as I've yet to see of her work but I'll admit that I've never been a fan of Abigail Breslin. To take that a notch further, I usually tend to avoid her films so naturally the film disintegrates rather quickly once her screen presence is detected. Sad but true.

To say that Zombieland doesn't have it's shining moments would be about like saying that a bear doesn't sh it in the woods. On the other hand, there is nothing truly original here nor exciting enough to warrant multiple viewings. A cowboy in search of the last shrink-wrapped Hostess twinky is all fine & well but I daresay this is not knee-slapping funny by any means. Or a geeky if not too precious teenager who seems to have little success finding dates or girls who are attracted to him especially during a zombie epidemic seems rather trifling.

Perhaps the most interesting segment or montage that Zombieland has to offer is the cameo appearance of our beloved master of comedy Bill Murray. Murray is, indeed, a charming actor although he alone cannot save this film from being the preposterous mess that it truly is. Having said that, the bit part given here was indeed a step in the right direction. Maybe he'll be recast in Zombieland 2?

Zombieland will appeal to your casual film goers who require very little story, rehashes of better zomedies, & characters that aren't credible. If you're looking for something different or original, you won't find it here folks.
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October 25, 2010
This was good for sure, but there are better ones like you said.
January 20, 2011
Try Biozombie. It's a relatively unknown Asian zomedy. ;-)
July 26, 2010
well..the Bite is around LOL! nice review, buddy.
January 20, 2011
Hey Woopak. Yet another film everyone loves which does next to nothing for me. Oh well, I am ready to watch Grotesque again. I streamed it online and now I'm ready to own it. ;-)
July 05, 2010
I beg to differ. Bill Murray is the most telegraphed moment of the film. You suspect he's alive from the moment he appears and after you know he's alive it's only a nano-second until you realise that Columbus is gonna mistake him for the real thing and blow him away. How come Tallahassee can't figure that out and at least secure the shotgun before he pulls his practical joke? Harrelson will not only be remembered for this roll, he will probably win the Chainsaw Award for it unless something unforseen happens between now and then.

 By the way---it's great to have you back again!!!!!
January 20, 2011
I'll probably be one of the few people in the world who didn't care too much much about this film but I'm glad that other people enjoyed it. I prefer the Asian zomedy Biozombie or Shaun Of The Dead to name a few. This was ok but a bit overrated. Sorry for the lull. I don't know I missed your comment Queen. You doing ok?
January 21, 2011
I'm getting by. Been tied up a bit with Benji and Alex's wu shu lessons. They can't be bothered with Tae Kwan Do now that we've found this new school and style for them. They're both really into it. After only 2 lwssons, Master Dong said he wants to put Alex on theie children's wu shu team which gies performances and demos etc. It's only for their most advanced students but he intends to teach Alex personally to move him along. We are approproately flattered and impressed. BIOZOMBIE is on my list.
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review by . October 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . December 24, 2010
I would hardly consider myself an expert on the zombie genre because I haven't seen many zombie films, but I can safely say that Zombieland is the highest grossing zombie film of all time for a reason. One of the great things about it is that it doesn't take itself all that seriously. It's a comedy first and a horror film second. I've never even been a fan of post-apocalyptic films and I still like this movie, because it doesn't treat itself as a post-apocalyptic film. The only …
review by . October 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Zombie Heaven
I can't believe the hate this flick is getting, for me it was zombie comedy heaven all wrapped up in a nice new package. We've seen zombies presented in all sorts of ways before but generally we get them in the same old unimaginative way; people get trapped in a house or other edifice and try to fight them off. Yeah. I saw that back in the 1960s and I've been ready for something else for a long time now so I appreciate any new twist to the formula no matter how slight. The twist here is …
review by . October 03, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
     Zombies have become such a great delicacy in the horror genre; they have become almost as malleable and adaptive as the vampire when it comes to genre mixing. We’ve seen them in horror, action, comedy and even video games. One would argue that the current winner of the zombie comedy crown is either “Shaun of the Dead” or “Fido”. Director Ruben Fleischer isn’t seeking to reinvent the zombie-comedy-splatter fest with “ZOMBIELAND” …
Quick Tip by . January 03, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I find zombie movies as funny as I find vampire movies overdone/overhyped. I got to a point where I was laughing out loud but had run out of sound long before the movie was over.
review by . March 17, 2010
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 . 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
posted in SF Signal
   I managed to catch Zombieland the other day (last week in fact) and, despite the box office receipts and despite my personal reluctance to post yet another pan 1. Zombieland is one of those "seen the trailer, seen it all" flicks. In other words, once you've laughed and enjoyed the mayhem of the trailer and then said "I'd like to see that", don't bother. 2. The promotional campaign for this film is probably mostly at fault. Trailers and ads give you …
review by . October 06, 2009
 Step right up, folks! Don’t miss your opportunity to visit the one and only Zombieland! See! the amazing traveling zombie-killers Tallahassee and Columbus! Witness! the beguiling sibling con artists, Wichita and Little Rock! Marvel! at the last famous person on Earth, Bill Murray! Watch! in horror as the undead walk and ooze assorted unidentifiable bodily fluids…       In the near future, a virus will sweep the world, turning almost everyone into …
Quick Tip by . December 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Zombieland is as funny as Shaun of the Dead and as gory (but not as ridiculous) as the Dead Rising series! Plus the story is quite well-rounded.
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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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