Where to start? haha Well, I went and saw Zombieland on Saturday night. I went into it with pretty high expectations after hearing all the positive buzz floating around the net. I was not let down in anyway. Zombieland is a laugh-out-loud comedy that delivers romance and gore side by side in a very satisfying way. Zombieland is a story about 4 survivors (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin) of a plague that turned mad cow disease into mad human disease, or so they describe it. The film takes place in a post plague world with flash backs showing the spread of the disease and to help with character development. The 4 main characters meet at random moments early on in the film, and spend the remainder of the film joining forces to get to a California amusement park, which is supposedly a safe haven from the zombies.
Zombieland prides itself on showing the most graphic and creative ways to kill Zombies, and man does it succeed. The opening credits are a collection of super slow motion Zombie chase scenes that will have you grossed out and laughing at the same time. The film itself contains very extreme amounts of gore, but it is 100% a comedy, not a horror film.
Zombieland is so much fun to watch, the mix of Zombies and comedy really make it a laugh-out-loud experience. Character development in this film is very quick but is super effective. They introduce each of the main for characters with a series of flash backs that allow you understand who these 4 random survivors are. Columbus, Jesse Eisenburg’s character, is the quiet video gamer type. He follows a strict list of rules he creates to help him survive Zombie. Tallahassee, Woody Harrelson’s character, comes into the move early on and teaches Columbus to become a bad ass and “grow a pair” as some might say. Woody Harrelson, is amazing in his role as Tallahassee, the outspoken wild/crazy man that takes Zombie killing to a whole new level. There is also a surprise celebrity cameo that is hilarious, but I don’t want to go in to details, that would defiantly be a spoiler.
Another thing that made this movie fun, is just specific to me, well anyone who lives in Atlanta I guess. 90% of this movie was filmed here in Atlanta. The small town scene where they discover the hummer is right down the street from where I live, in downtown Marietta, GA. The location of the surprise celebrity cameo takes place in a house I pass everyday on my way to work. It is defiantly fun to see my surroundings on the big screen.
Overall, the film is defiantly worth seeing. There is a decent bit of gore, but I would guess it is tolerable to most. I seriously think Zombieland might be the funniest movies I have seen this year.
Rotten Tomato (89% & Certified Fresh!): Zombieland