It seems that every other week the local multiplex is hailed by a cavalcade of the same kind of film time after time that fails to do anything really new or step outside the box. Oh look Johny Depp’s being quirky again, how fun! Michael Bay’s making another movie about the journey of explosions across America, awesome. This past month, would seem like yet another rundown “Zombieland” came into town, however it brings to the table one of the most exhilarating and entertaining zombie movie packages that would make Simon Pegg giddy. It’s pure zombie killing, American style. The story is set in what seems like a not-so-distant future where, from what little the story actually does tell, a mad cow like disease has made its way into the minds of the human race and ravaged through the country, leaving only the smartest and strongest to survive, or according to the rules of zombie handbook, those who do the most cardio. In this instance, the 4 most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse include Woody Harrelson’s wildly charismatic and often hilarious portrayal of a violence-scarred zombie slayer, Jessie Eisenburg’s socially awkward germaphobe, along by Emma Stone’s bad girl rep and Abigail Breslin’s surprisingly hilarious take on a zombie hunter. Each of the cast runs their portion exceptionally, Eisenburg’s character actually being funny despite my lowest expectations for him. Harrelson however steals the show with some of the best and funniest lines I’ve heard this year in a zombie movie. The whole flick provides those kinds of laughs you’re not sure if you should laugh at or not, while supplying plenty that left the whole theater in stitches. The film stretches over some familiar ground that many like Will Smith and Nick Frost have covered before, however Zombieland takes on a certain brand of imagination with it, and that carries over to make the film a lot more fun to watch. The individuality of the characters, the nice incorporation of the zombie survival tips into the backdrop, not to mention the true audacity of the survivors makes it that much more fun to watch. Also in the same style of cult classics like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland packs in the gore for all it’s worth, ranging from the just enough to get you to marvel, to the scream-in-the-theater-after-the-camera-didn’t-cut-away gross. There’s just enough gore to keep the horror fans happy, while still satisfying the comedy fans with the steady stream of slapstick. Zombieland is short, sweet, and to the point, and doesn’t even come close to overstaying it’s welcome, but kinda cuts short the crazy lust for more outrageous zombie kills. However, for a movie like this, it hits the perfect balance. There’s even plenty of setup for another installment after one of the most awesome zombie showdowns taking place in a particular amusement park. Aside from a little bit of a rushed feel, an a little lack of zombies in the second act, this movie hits all the right notes expertly. The flick is paced, shot, and balanced expertly, but all u need to know is that this is THE one to see this month, and is a thoroughly entertaining piece for any self-respecting fan of slaying the undead, or just anyone looking for a hilariously brutal fun time.
4.5 out of 5