DIR: Ruben Fleischer • WRI: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick • PRO: Gavin Polone • DOP: Trent Opaloch • ED: Michael Bonvillain • DES: Maher Ahmad • CAST: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Zombieland is a new zombie horror comedy flick. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where zombies have taken the lives of many humans. The opening sequence really sets up the tone of the film; a montage of zombie killings narrated by Columbus, the film’s main protagonist. Columbus explains his rules of survival against zombies. For example rule number 17: don’t be a hero and rule number 31: check the back seat.

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a friendly and quirky college student who wants to see his family in Ohio. On The road Columbus meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) Tallahassee is a suave cowboy type with an obsession for firearms and a taste for Twinkies. The two men raid a supermarket and annihilate several zombies. They find two girls; Wichita (Emma Stone), an attractive and mysterious twenty-something and her twelve year old sister, Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who is a step ahead of the game. The two sisters con Columbus and Tallahassee into handing over their weapons and vehicle. The four characters meet again, they stay at a Hollywood mansion, get to know each other and fight together to kill the zombies right to the predictable finale.

Zombieland is a loud and tiring eighty minutes. The first twenty minutes are acceptable on its own level of dumbness with non-stop zombie killings and witless one-liners. It wears out its welcome very fast. Edgar Wright’s Shaun of The Dead (2004) is a good example of the comedy horror genre. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s script had wit, humour and gore. Zombieland just has gore. The final hour of Zombieland falls completely flat; the characters are so dull and uninteresting. The film needs more than just to references other zombie movies and spoofs. It’s a big disappointment. It would have had more potential if it had stirred away from the same sight gag in almost every scene. It is a blood fest bore in very bad taste which tries at some points to bring sentiment to its dull premise. How far down the pile of scripts did Woody Harrelson have to reach for this one?

Peter Larkin
(See biog here)

Rated 16 (see IFCO website for details)
is released on 9th Oct 2009
Zombieland – Official Website