Zombieland Review

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Short Version: Zombieland is Shaun of the Dead‘s crazy, funny redneck cousin.

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Screen Rant reviews Zombieland

Don’t kid yourself going into Zombieland: It is a VERY gory movie. So if based on trailers and commercials you’re expecting just a funny, goofy film, you’ll be in for a surprise. On the other hand if you’re a fan of the zombie movie genre, you’re in for a great time.

Zombieland is about a couple of guys trying to get by after the zombie apocalypse. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a shut-in, introverted geek with a fear of clowns and Talahassee is a nothing-to-lose, redneck badass who’s finally discovered his gift in life: Zombie killin’. Oh – and Talahassee’s one burning goal is to find some Twinkies so he can satisfy his burning craving for them.

Columbus has managed to survive because even before the zombies took over he didn’t like being around people and was very paranoid. He’s developed a list of rules for surviving in a world overrun by zombies, and the first few are highlighted hysterically in the opening minutes of the film. Among them include Rule #1: Cardio – it goes back to the old joke about not having to outrun the bear, just your buddy. He notes that “fatties” were among the first to go after the zombies took over because they were easy to catch. Other rules include “Beware of bathrooms” (you don’t want to get caught by a zombie while on the toilet) and “Always double-tap” (two gunshots, whacks with a blunt object or blade to be sure the zombie stays down).

There are a few additional rules sprinkled throughout (he has over 30) and they’re used to good effect.

Then we have Talahassee, who you’ll like immediately – he’s apparently taken the situation in stride, no, strike that – he actually seems to be enjoying it. His favorite thing to do in the world is to kill zombies. He’s travelling in a Cadillac Escalade, armed to the teeth, and you’ll get a kick out of the creativity and gusto he uses when dispatching the undead.

Our heroes meet Wichita and Little Rock (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin), who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem. However part of their survival has included not trusting anyone, so things are sketchy between both pairs for quite a while.

Eventually they end up in Beverly Hills, where they pick up a “Map of the Star’s Homes” in order to find a certain celebrity’s home where they can relax for a while. There’s a great cameo in the film and I won’t spoil who it is. Soon after the girls head to an amusement park in the LA area so that Little Rock can have at least a little childhood fun, but things take a sour turn, requiring rescue from the boys.

As I mentioned in my “Short Version” this is a lot rougher than the only other recent zombie comedy I can think of, Shaun of the Dead. That one had more of that dry, Brit humor and at times was scary than this film (this film really wasn’t scary at all, just gory).

Zombieland was a lot of fun, but even though it only had about a 90 minute runtime, by the end it seemed to me like they were stretching it out a bit – I think most of that was in the final scene in the amusement park… could have been trimmed somewhat. I thought everyone in the film was great, but one think that bugged me a little was some of Jesse Eisenberg’s dialog: He played the character as a really, meek, introverted, geeky kind of guy so the spurts of f-bombs and other foul language coming from him really seemed added for cheap laughs. Yes, I know this is an R-rated film and I have no issue with foul language if it fits – but for his character I just didn’t think it did.

Those nits aside, I thought Zombieland was a lot of fun with many laugh out loud moments and lots of gore to satisfy fans of the genre – but do me a favor and leave the kids at home for this one, would ya?

Our Rating:

4 out of 5

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  1. I can’t believe they killed….Well, Vic knows who. :-)

    Totally agree with your review, Vic. And Columbus shouldn’t have been using expletives; Tallahasee, yes, Columbus, no. With a lackluster year for movies, this was one of the few shining lights.

  2. @John

    You didn’t find that a bit predictable?

    I knew he wasn’t going to be an addition to the cast, so I was waiting for him to make an exit, like say “alright, time for me to make my rounds down Hollywood Blvd” or something like that since he said the make-up keeps the other zombies from wanting to eat him, lol. But since he didn’t make that exit, my first thought was “oh man, he’s going to die.” LOL

  3. Oh, stay until the end of the credits if you’re a fan of Caddyshack! :-P

  4. i didn’t stay until the end of the credits but then again I haven’t seen caddyshack.

    I enjoyed this movie and had some big laughs. I actually consider it the opposite of Shaun of the Dead. Shaun had more of a plot but I found it boring mostly with almost no laugh out loud moments. That movie was only got exciting near the end. Zombieland however goes straight to the action and laughs which I liked and keeps that pace sustained till the end for the most part.

  5. Awesome movie, it was hilarious and gory. Not the kind of zombie movie i was expecting but definitely had me laughing the whole time.

  6. @Ken
    Yeah, it was king of expected. What was at the end? I didn’t know to stay, and I have seen Caddyshack.

  7. VIIIIIC!!! You’re slippin’, man! You didn’t inform us to stay till after the credits! That anticipation for IM2 has fried your brain! :-D

  8. @John

    It wasn’t anything real big, lol, just a little chuckle moment.


    It just showed BM sitting there with the hole in his chest about to die in his theater, and Tallahassee is asking him a question and BM replies like his character in Caddyshack where he kind of mumbles everything, remember his character in Caddyshack was kind of retarded or something and you can’t really understand anything he says? That was all it was, he got into the Caddyshack character to say something, I didn’t even understand him, lol. If anyone understood him, please quote it here, lol.

  9. D@nm and i missed that… Thats a huge chuckle moment for us caddyshack fans. Now i gotta see it again cause i don’t want to wait for dvd, Which i’m sure will have several more moments like that maybe even some of murray meeting up with some other friends in zombie mode( that would be hilarious).

  10. Crap crap i forgot to write spoiler warning could someone please edit out that specific persons name in my comment above.

  11. You know, one of my coworkers was telling me that he saw Couple’s Retreat (RT score of 12%…) and thought it was good. So I thought, eh, I guess he has kind of low standards, that’s ok. So I asked, well, did you see Zombieland? He was like “yah, it wasn’t that good.”

    WHAT???? How can someone like a piece of garbage like Couple’s Retreat and think Zombieland is “not so good”????

    Man, I completely understand difference of opinion, but that’s just all kinds of screwed up, lol. I can’t wait to see Zombieland again…

  12. What an unusual zombie film. All the elements were there and all the Zombie killing was there and the entire post apocolyptic thing was there. But then there was comedy. Not stupid SCARY MOVIE comedy but smart witty sardonic comedy. The kind you’d get if this kind of thing really happened. Shawn of the dead was more of a parody than a straight up Zombie film – the English sense of humor worked in this case. But it was not along the lines of Day of the dead , Night of , Resident Evil and so on….it was a spoof pretty much. But Zombieland created a reality we’re more familiar with. We could actually say this could happen like with all the original Romero films. PS I don’t count those 80′s movies with Linnea Quigley…they were an off shoot from mirror universe…but not what I’m talking about. Good film…5 stars..2 thumbs up and all 20 toes too!….lol

  13. Oh yeah..I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes and directors cut and so on!

  14. Man, I want to go see it again, it was such a great movie…

  15. heyy twistedburton the movies fine if ya stil want r kid 2 see it, im 11 and it was a great laugh hahah