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Zombieland (2009)

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

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Zombie Heaven

  • Oct 2, 2009

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 that ZOMBIELAND is character driven. If it weren't for its 2 main characters, Columbus and Tallahassee, this flick wouldn't be half as interesting as it is. Columbus is an agoraphobic kid who has managed to survive the zombie apocalypse because he has never trusted anyone and by strict adherence to a set of rules he's devised. Tallahassee is just a mean son of bitch who would survive ANY apocalypse. The other twist (and what might be irking zombie fans who don't want a story with their carnage) is  that ZOMBIELAND is a horror flick wrapped around a coming of age film. But don't let that put you off in spite of what you might read elsewhere because ZOMBIELAND has more blood and guts and zombie kills during the credits than most films have in their first hour plus it has a finale of nearly unequaled slaughter, numerical speaking. It also has the most bombastic hero ever to level a shotgun at the walking (or sprinting) dead in the form of Tallahassee, Woody Harrelson in a role that would revive anybodies sagging career. Does it have flaws? Sure it does. For one thing it could have given us more Harrelson but maybe in the end it's better to leave your audience wanting more than to wear out your welcome.

It may not be as clever as FIDO,as consistent as SHAUN OF THE DEAD, or as outrageous as DEAD-ALIVE but this is a pretty damned good flick with some serious laughs, some funny kills, and a zombie slaughtering hero par excellence and you really ought to see it in the theater.

Highly recommended: 4.5  rounded up.

HYPE Level:  High and Well Deserved

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October 29, 2010
In all honesty, I'm not a huge zombie fan. However, I loved "Zombieland." It's one of those films you either love or hate, "get" or "don't get." Now, who wants a Twinkie?
October 31, 2010
I love horror/comedy. But everyone does it now and it's not as easy to do as they think it is. This flick gets it right though. It doesn't matter whether it's zombies or vampires or werewolves, if it makes me laugh I love it.
October 11, 2010
Bill Murry was priceless! Don't know why so many seem to dislike this entertaining flick. Great write up!
October 12, 2010
It seems to be a love/hate type of movie. The main objection from the haters seems to be the coming of age story. But there are enough in the lovers category to justify making a sequel that I just can't wait to see!
August 11, 2010
This was indeed a funny one, Woody stole it.
August 11, 2010
I'm hoping that the sequel comes out as well as the original did.
March 23, 2010
Funnily enough, I was in Austin a couple of weeks back in a hotel room with paid movies and this was only choice I hadn't seen. It got horrible reviews everywhere but I read a couple of reviews on here (yours was one) and decided to watch it - hurray! What a great movie! My wife will probably hate it, but I was chucking pretty much nonstop. :-)
March 24, 2010
It got pretty good reviews here, and not just from me. Are you talking about the professional critics?
March 24, 2010
Yes - mainly the ones sent to me by people who didn't like it. But I thought it balanced zombie elements, drama and humor really quite well.
March 24, 2010
And it's worth it just for Woody Harrelson, who I've never liked all that much before--except on Cheers.
October 03, 2009
Somehow I knew you would review this one. So far, three great reviews from trusted lunchers must mean something. I will surely check this one out sometime.
October 04, 2009
If only only on DVD. It's a must see.
October 06, 2009
So far, it must be quite good. I'm reading all the reviews here & everyone seems to love it so I must be missing out. I will correct this very soon.
October 07, 2009
Well it's a lot of fun if you can zone out for about 10 minutes in the third act.
October 03, 2009
nice review, Karen. I told you I would hold off my review until you get your review posted. This had a simple premise and it is all wrapped around fun and entertainment. I think most of the folks who gave it a bad rating was expecting a more "Shaun of the Dead" type of deal. As I've always believed and hopefully practiced most of the time, a movie watcher has to find what a movie is trying to express and not look for things they want to expect/see. I dropped my own review...enjoy!
October 04, 2009
I'll be there soon. As for SHAUN OF THE DEAD, it's a good flick and all but I'll take DEAD-ALIVE over it any day.
October 02, 2009
I was waiting for this review because I KNEW you were going to love it! Does it make your list of horror comedies?
October 03, 2009
What do you think?
October 02, 2009
Nice review. Rate your favorite zombie flix in the Zombie Exhilarate game.
October 03, 2009
I thinK I may already have.
October 02, 2009
Well, I just might go see this.  It doesn't really look like much from the previews and whatnot... but I've been hearing nothing but good things about this so far.  So maybe I'll go see it.
October 03, 2009
If you didn't like the previews you probably aren't going to like the movie. Have you read Trashie's review?
October 03, 2009
I just dropped mine too :-P
October 02, 2009
I do love Woody Harrelson so maybe I will go see it this weekend! Thanks for the positive review!
October 03, 2009
A must for Woody Harrelson fans and that's fer sure.
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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 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” …
review by . June 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Preposterous Blockbuster Zombie Flick
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 …
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 …
Quick Tip by . March 15, 2011
Zombies have been the talk of the town for the last few years. The number of zombie survival guides that have been released continues to grow, but I bet very few people expected the zombie invasion that took place in 2009.      On September 30 I walked down 42nd St to attend an early screening of Zombieland, but to my surprise I got way more than I had bargained for. Standing in line I was quickly surrounded by the livinging dead. Seeing the infected swarm around the 42nd …
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 …
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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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