Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Produced by: Gavin Polone
Written by: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin
Released: October 2, 2009
Rule #48 – Zombieland is an awesome move! Along with Tucker and Dale Vs Evil and Cabin In The Woods, ‘Land is one my three favorite movies I’ve reviewed thus far for the Halloween Horrors Marathon. For hardcore horror enthusiasts that prefer the scares to the spoofs, This movie might not make your best-of lists. But as far as horror-comedies go it’s at the top of that list. The cast is electric, Jesse Eisenberg’s reclusive-OCD-rule abiding Columbus is played for huge laughs as is Woody Harrelson’s Twinkie seeking-gun-toting zombie killer Tallahassee. The two misfits discover each other on a highway and partner up — eventually developing into a co-dependent friendship (hey what can you do it’s the Zombie apocalypse, right?) Having been going it alone for several weeks, and staying alive by adhering to his very rigid set of rules for survival — Columbus is in awe of Tallahasse’s tough as nails personae and approach to incapacitating the flesh eating walking dead.
Rule #36 – Emma Stone is a delicious treat to see on the screen playing the elder of two sisters making their way to a theme park in California. The sisters meet up with our nomadic duo — rob them, abandon them, partner with them, and Stone’s character begins to chip her tough facade away as she starts to fall for Colombus (what can you do, it’s slim pickings for romance amidst the Zombie apocalypse).
Rule #22 – Bill Murray has an incredibly brief, albeit hilarious, cameo in the movie that produces one of the movie’s funniest laughs.
Rule #41– The camera work, use of 3D titling, and text-on-screen are amazingly depicted and add a great deal to much of the fun of Zombieland.
Without the humor, there’s not much by way of frights for this movie. But it’s the zombie genre inside jokes, Columbus’s various eccentricities and neurosis’s, and Tallahassee’s hyper-testosterone approach to taking down zombies make this movie an exceptionally enjoyable movie.
4 Rules of Severed Thumbs Out of 5!