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October 23, 2019

Zombieland (2000) --- “Superbad Meets Shawn Of The Dead!”

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    Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is your average guy with regular gaming addiction but his serious people phobia has caused him to never had a real friend and develop the habit of running away from everything. When an incurable virus has turned the majority of the population into zombies, Columbus decides to brave the outside world in an attempt to find his parents in Columbus and developed a set of rules to keep himself alive. He soon runs into Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a large and gruff Texan with a craving for Twinkies in search of a way back to his hometown of Tallahassee, Florida. Along the way, they come across Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two sisters who have nothing but each other and since becoming con artists. Despite their differences and getting off to a rocky start, this group of perfectly evolved survivors embarks on a road trip in search of a fabled sanctuary amidst a world torn apart by insane flesh-eating zombies. But soon they will have to face down their biggest foe yet, each other.
     Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland: Double Tap, Venom) and written by Rhett Reese (Zombieland: Double Tap) and Paul Wernick (Zombieland: Double Tap), Zombieland (2000) is one of the best zombie horror-comedy films since Shaun of the Dead (2004). The opening is flashy and the build-up is anything but subtle as the audience is immediately dropped into the action. From its opening sequence, Zombieland presents itself as a fast-paced cartoon fantasy filled to the brim with a multitude of montage sequences. The writers use aspects which are considered to be taboo for zombie films is used wholeheartedly and thanks to their unique ability to make almost anything comical, the film is filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud moments. And as faced paced as it is, there is one particular moment when the pace slows down for a second and in its place, the audience is met with one of the best comedic cameos of all time. 
     As far as the cast performances go, they were great. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson make a great comedic duo. Their different styles of comedy play off each other nicely and only affirms that their compatibility started long before they did the Now You See Me series. Eisenberg’s character narration throughout the film adds a nice touch to the film and his chemistry with Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes) is believable. Stone and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland: Double Tap) are also terrific as the sister-conning-duo who almost makes you believe that they could actually be sisters. The rest of the cast is pretty small considering that the main characters mostly interact with each other and the occasional zombie or two but the few humans that they do come across leave a lasting impression.
     Overall, the writers of Zombieland (2009) may have been inspired by 2004’s Shaun of the Dead but it still manages to be a sort of a rom-com-zombie film that is entirely its own. The story is filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud moments and primarily follows a fast pace that only slows down long enough to deliver an unforgettable cameo. The chemistry and compatibility between the 4 main characters is spot on with its believability. If you had ans doubts or reservations about seeing this film then I highly recommend that you do, especially if you're a fan of zombie films.

Final Vote --- 7.6 of 10 stars

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