Zombieland Review: Un-Dead Brilliant

ZOMBIELAND: On General Release from Wednesday 7th October 2009

When the opening sequence of a film features a zombie lap dancer, it’s safe to say that you are about to see something very special.

Zombieland certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is an outstandingly slick and funny movie which will have even the most lifeless cinemas rocking by the final credits.

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg star as some of the last remaining human inhabitants of a zombie-swept America, and they sparkle alongside a sexy female, some massive guns and a deliciously impudent script.

The first-person narration from Columbus (characters are named after the destination to which they are travelling) is lethally irreverent and we soon discover that he has survived longer than everyone else in this apocalyptic death-zone by following the 47 rules of Zombieland.

These include sensible guidelines like maintaining good cardio, double-tapping all zombies and always checking the backseat of your car.

Tallahassee however – played by Harrelson – has survived by being an utter bad-ass and he teaches his young friend to enjoy the little things in life. The little things he is especially interested in are Twinkys and his only real goal seems to be getting his hands on one before its too late (even Twinkys have expiration dates).

The chemistry between these two is effortless and they make a vintage odd couple, the comic touches begin to flow immediately with one particular highlight coming as Tallahassee tells his geeky sidekick to “nut up or shut up.”

On the road they meet sisters Wichita and Little Rock (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine fame), before racking up an impressive body count, hanging out with Bill Murray and finally hitting a zombie-ridden theme park for a spectacular finale.

The production is top-notch and the writing constantly hits the right notes, but the crucial ingredient is the impeccable timing on display throughout the movie.

Murray’s ten minute contribution is also sumptuous – “There’s only six people left on earth and one of them is Bill Murray! Awesome!” shouts an ecstatic Tallahassee.

I think that pretty much says it all.

Sean Marland

Yes, you’re not reading that wrong, Sean really has given it 6 stars out of 5. For more horror thrills, check out our review of space horror Pandorum, or if you’re looking for more of a comedy hit, catch The Invention of Lying….