Zombieland Review

by Ed Lau on November 4, 2009


My love for all things zombies, including the movies, video games and general survival theory-crafting, is rather well documented. If and when the zombie apocalypse is upon us, I like to think that I would be well prepared after a quick stop at the local hardware store and then barricading myself and whoever has not joined the vast legion of mindless undead at the local Costco. As such, I originally thought of Zombieland, which I finally got around to seeing this past weekend, as both entertainment and education. One can never been too prepared in the event of a zombie outbreak.

The hero of Zombieland is Columbus, a nerd who is identified to us and his comrades only by his hometown. Columbus has survived the zombie apocalypse against all odds so far. If you look at survivors in many other zombie flicks, they’re usuallly good looking, muscled and handle firearms like a conductor guiding a symphony orchestra. Instead, Columbus looks like he would be more at home in a chess club and despite being a decent shot, holds his antique double-barreled shotgun like his arms are made of overcooked spaghetti.


Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived this long by relying on his carefully constructed set of rules for surviving in the midst of mindless brain-eaters, mostly from making hilarious observations about everyday life and, well, by accident. The first ten minutes consist of the movie playfully explains, albeit with plenty of blood and gore, some of the more important ones such as being in good enough shape to outrun the undead and wearing your seatbelt. The rest of the cast rounds out the comic dynamic of the film quite nicely. Columbus soon meets and teams up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a zombie killing machine and two sisters, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).


Of course, a group of people traveling together in a zombie comedy is inevitably going to draw comparisons to what I believe is one of the funniest films of the past decade, Shaun of the Dead. Although I consider that movie to be absolute genius in a relatively specialized genre of movies, Zombieland is also a hilarious movie, dealing with the everyday living in a post-zombie world. That’s really the charm of the movie: the fact that there isn’t really a serious conflict going on. The characters aren’t trying to save the world. They’re just trying to live and make some sort of sense of the crazy world they’re now in. This might sound a tad mundane compared to the more “serious” zombie movies but the survivor foursome are funny and interesting enough to keep you watching. The cast of characters in Zombieland are a bit more relevant to the plot and more well drawn out but Shaun of the Dead is probably still a better, slightly funnier movie.

I found Zombieland extremely enjoyable as the script is witty and the characters, all well played by their actors, have a great sense of comic timing. That and there’s a absolutely hilarious cameo by Bill Murray. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go improve my cardio. Never know when you have to run from a horde of undead.

Verdict: 8.5 out of 10

in Entertainment

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Saman Sadeghi November 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I liked it a lot too, but (I’d never thought I’d say this) I would have liked a little less story and more zombie-killing. That, and I could have done without so much narration.


Make money And blogging tips November 4, 2009 at 6:48 pm

nice review man.. look like i will love this movie more than i though. i love resident evil series and it’s games , hope the team will make the game of zombieland .


Kalvster November 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm

The movie was pretty good. I saw lots of teenagers trying to get into this movie. :D


oes tsetnoc November 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

Zombieland was just ok nothing new to watch.. Actually I dont like Ruben Fleischer movies much so my rating 6


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