This movie is really not about story at all; it’s just about style, laughs, and entertainment. We are introduced to Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) through a very effective voice-over that occurs throughout the film. The country has been taken over by zombies and just after
tells us he just might be the only human left, he meets the man from Columbus (Woody Harrelson). Tallahassee
The chemistry between Eisenberg and Harrelson is perfection. Their contrasting personality types fit together perfectly on screen. The film’s first half hour is easily its strongest. We learn several of
’ rules for survival and also get the pleasure of watching Columbus kill zombie after zombie in search for the world’s last Twinkie. Tallahassee
The pace of the movie slows down a little bit when the two dudes meet the two chicks.
(Emma Stone) and Wichita (Abigail Breslin) are traveling companions and after a few road blocks, the whole group decides to take on Zombieland together. Like I said, the pace slows down a little bit here in order to create some type of character conflict. Little Rock
The film manages to regain its tempo after we are introduced to a hilarious ten minute cameo from an actor who I will not name. It is the funniest sequence in this very funny film, and from then on, Zombieland never looks back. Everything leads to the bloody and bullet-filled climax at Pacific Playland that is sure to send you out of the theater on a good note.
It’s worth noting that the performances are excellent in this film. The reliable Woody Harrelson is terrific as
and both Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are a delight to watch. And as Tallahassee , Jesse Eisenberg proves once again that he is one of the best young actors in Columbus . He gives a great follow-up performance to his genuine work in Adventureland and solidifies his status as a major talent. Hollywood
It’s hard for me to say if genuine horror fans will be disappointed from this film. It certainly seemed like it was more comedy than horror to me. In fact, I don’t think I ever really felt any suspense during the film. But perhaps the gore will be enough to please the die-hards. In a time when countless horror remakes are put into production, it’s refreshing to see an entertaining and somewhat original take on a used genre.
Director Ruben Fleischer shows some remarkable talent with this debut. It takes a lot of skill to make an entertaining film out of a paper-thin story, but Fleischer pulls it off. He gets the right performances, the right amount of laughs, and the right amount of blood. It’s one hell of a time at the movies and I dare anyone to come out disappointed.