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Zombieland Review

Zombieland has burst on to my list of favourite films after I witnessed the Comedy mixed with Horror masterpiece directed by Ruben Fleischer last night at the local cinema. I didn’t know what to expect going into the film; the trailer gave me the impression of a stupid comedy, but to my surprise, Zombieland proved to be much more than that.

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Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) stars as Columbus, one of a small minority off people to survive a Zombie virus that has hit America and turned the whole country into a wasteland filled with the mindless mutants. The main reason Columbus survived the zombie outbreak is due to him being a self proclaimed loner and not having much interaction with society; along with strictly following a set list of humourous rules he made up to avoid getting injected . His general day consists of him sitting in his bedroom playing the popular video game World of Warcraft and dreaming of getting a perfect girlfriend. This all changes when he must leave his College room for once and venture across the Zombie infected country to see if his Parents are still alive, and this leads to Jesse meeting some crazy characters along the way and some hilarious events occurring.

On his way across the country, Columbus bumps into and teams up with the complete opposite to him, a tough and no-nonsense character known as Tallahassee played by Woody Harrelson (Seven Pounds, White Men Can’t Jump). Tallahassee’s favourite hobby is kicking Zombie ass and killing them in the most inventive (and funny) ways possible as an act of revenge for them destroying the relationship between him and his beloved dog. Zombies are only half the worry for the odd pair of Columbus and Tallahassee as they encounter the scheming sisters known as Wichita and Little Rock, played by Emma Stone (Superbad) and Abigail Breslin respectively. The four characters at first don’t get along but eventually grow on each other and realise they must help each other if they want to reach their individual goals.

Zombieland is extremely well filmed and provides a ton of laughs in its short running time of 80 minutes. Don’t let this running time put you off though, as director Ruben Fleischer manages to squeeze in a surprisingly deep story line involving horror, comedy, and a huge mix of emotions including relationship building and social interaction. Comedy comes in the way off both vulgarly funny, for example a zombie being crushed by a piano and his limbs flying everywhere, and witty one liners which will last in your memory for a long time and no doubt be used on many an occasion. My favourite one liner has got to be “Nut up or shut up!” used by the charismatic Woody Harrelson. Tallahassee has a strange addiction for Twinkies, and his frustration at not being able to find his favourite snack brings a barrel of laughs to the film.

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The special effects seen in Zombieland are simply fantastic. You won’t see many multi-million pound blockbuster explosions like other Hollywood-topping films, but the stunts seen are both funny and well directed. The Zombies in the film look scarily realistic; a great job done by the make-up team. The vast amount of Zombie deaths and particularly well done. It can’t be easy faking a Zombie getting smashed around the head with a baseball bat! The scarce and deserted environments seen help to bring atmosphere to the film and really make the viewer believe the characters are in a Zombie nightmare. The vast amounts of gore seen in the film, such as blood and guts dripping from Zombie’s body’s makes me question the 15 age rating applied to the film. Surely this should have been an 18? I guess sexual content has to be involved to give a film that rating these days; but definitely not included to make an enjoyable film, as Zombieland has proved.

Each member of the cast excels themselves and produces stellar performances. A hilarious cameo performance from the famous Bill Murray, most famous for his performance in Ghostbusters, adds to a great cast and provides another brilliantly worked scene to the film.

Summary:

A fantastic cast come together to give us one of the funniest and most heart-warming films of the year. I personally can’t wait for the film to be released on Blu-ray, and I’m sure I’ll see it again in the cinema whilst it’s running. Zombieland is well worth the admission price, go see it!

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