Release year: 2009
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Screenwriter: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray, Derek Graf, Mike White
Zombies have taken over and a shy college-student (Jessie Eisenberg) is moving across the States with the help of his rules of survival. When he comes across a crazy gun-toting tough guy (Woody Harrelson) they team up and things are going smoothly but then two sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) asks for help.
Fleischer’s horror comedy contains of few characters, lots of zombies, a rule-set of zombie survival, a brilliant cameo and the search for twinkies, the result is a charming horror comedy that in many ways feels fresh and inventive. The comedy is just as much from the characters alone that are a display of great performances from a cast that makes their charcters feel warm and alive. Eisenberg (Now You See Me, 2013) is brilliant as the main character, vulnerable and awkward as he narrates the movie and teach us about the rule set that has allowed his geeky self to survive. Stone (Easy A, 2010) and Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) are a perfect cast as two strong females, equally convincing as kick-ass car stealing-girls as damsels-in-destress. But the true star of the film is Harrelson (Seven Psychopats, 2012) who so delightfully makes you switch between hating him and loving him until you just plainly love him. Right from the opening scene of slow-motion footage of zombies killing the tone is set for a movie that neither neglects it’s comedy or it’s horror. The killings a bloody and gory as well as amusing and manages to hit the difficult dark comedy as seen in popular zombie movie Shaun of the Dead (2004). With the movie giving time to character development before the zombie-infected climax and with a brilliant cast, one of the best cameos ever and great.. well horrible looking zombies this is a movie that will only increase it’s popularity and well deserved.
Zombieland was originally meant as a TV-series where the cast would have a ‘Zombie Kill of the Week’ in every episode.
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