Despite all the blood splattering, brain eating and general zombie gore, the undead haven’t been this much fun since Shaun Of The Dead.
Zombieland is one of those feel good apocalyptic movies. Days after a viral outbreak turns most of the world into flesh eating zombies, the survivors are fighting to stay alive. Some find out that zombie killing is what they were always meant to do, some, such as our main character Cleveland (Jesse Eisenberg) have developed an anal-retentive checklist that keeps them alive.
Cleveland is named by Woody Harrelson’s character Tallahassee, because he prefers not to make too of an emotional connection with the other non-zombies. The two eventually pair up with two more survivors; Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and try to make a run to a California amusement park which is rumored to be zombie free.
In this horror/comedy, the fun is the cartoon-like violence. Zombies are nothing more than targets to shoot at, run over, hit wit golf clubs…etc. I don’t think they’re particurlary scary, other than the fact that they look gross. They’re no longer human, which is why decapitating them or repeatedly running them over with a car doesn’t make you feel any worse than accidentally running over your garbage can.
Zombieland is smoothly put together, well timed and even has a couple treats that I won’t spoil, but I didn’t expect to see. It takes a lot of good elements and combines them into something bigger than the sum of its parts.
Careful: deeper meaning ahead. For some reason after watching this one, I finally understood the appeal of the zombie genre. They’re about isolated people, finding their way. They often involve a few people left over, who have to bond for survival. It’s kind of endearing in a sad way.
Enough of Dr. Freud’s analysis. Go see Zombieland for some fun.