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Zombieland (2009)


Trailer: Zombieland (2009)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone  – Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

Running Time: 1 hr & 28 mins – Genre: Comedy, Horror

T-Bird (Guest Host)

Review:

Twinkies.  Little did we know how insightful this movie was until recent.  Just like Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) we will have to fight tooth and nail to track down these ridiculously sweet snack cakes.  Luckily we won’t be hunting down and killing Zombies to get these treats like the crazy hillbilly with a cowboy hat we lovingly come to know as Tallahassee.

Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenburg) is your typical loner.  He’s without many friends while away at College and stuck in his dorm room playing video games while the whole outside world starts falling apart . Poor lonely Columbus is greeted by his hot neighbor “406” who states she was chased by a creepy homeless guy on her way home from the bar.  While sweetly drifting to sleep comforting this dorm room princess, Columbus is awakened by a newer hungrier version of “406”.

Cut to a short time later and Columbus has luckily survived the masses all due to his 31 rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse.  Columbus has started his trek on foot to Ohio (his hometown) when he comes across gun toting bugged eyed hillbilly Tallahassee.  Tallahassee trying to forget the fact that he has lost his son has determined life will be better the more zombies he slaughters; all the while in search of the infamous Twinkie.

While on their journey they come across two sisters Wichita (played by Emma Stone) and Little Rock (played by Abigail Breslin).  The sisters dupe the guys into thinking they are helpless and need rescuing, the tables are then turned and these two twisted sisters rob the duo of their armored Cadillac SUV loaded with guns and ammo.  They soon run into the girls a few miles down the road after some additional thievery the foursome end up together as a team fighting to survive the apocalypse while in search of anything that will remind them of a better time, a time before the world fell apart.

Long story short (and by short I mean really short with this movie coming in at 88 minutes), guy meets girl, guy saves girl and they all live happily ever after in Zombieland.

While filmed mostly in Georgia I think director Ruben Fleischer did a superb job of creating a world torn apart by flesh eating zombies. Along with an exciting and unique soundtrack featuring songs like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult and the always familiar “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by the red headed stranger himself; Willie Nelson.

The script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick was fitting but I feel unrealistic.  I know I know it’s a zombie movie how much realism did you expect?  I for one would like to see an apocalyptic movie that’s a little more realistic.  I mean yes most people would probably not make it leaving the survivors far and few between.  But how many people would really travel all the way across the United States just to go to a crappy theme park?  It’s almost predicable what’s going to happen when you start with a guy like Jesse Eisenburg and match him up with Emma Stone.  Obviously there’s going to be some kind of romantic gesture in the near future. Rumor has it there will be a Zombieland 2 possibly sometime in 2014.  Could this be Reese and Wernick trying to make up for an uninventive script the first time around?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Casting for the movie was very well played.  I mean who can play a better gun toting bug eyed hillbilly better than Woody Harrelson? Abigail Breslin playing kid sister has almost become a type cast for this young actress.  Luckily we all grow up and so did Abigail leaving her kid sister years behind her.  Speaking of type casting Jesse Eisenburg is your quintessential loner/nerd guy who always wins in the end.  This of course works out perfectly for this comedy/horror flick.  Last but not least Emma Stone playing the older sister/girlfriend was very expected.  I would have liked to see them do a little more with her character in this film, but who knows what the future holds with Zombieland 2 in the horizon.

Overall I really liked this movie, but I am partial to zombies and Woody Harrelson (don’t judge me).  While the ending left you feeling somewhat adrift it was still a good addition to the genre.

 

4.0‘s

Big JD

First I would like to welcome our Guest Host this week.  T-Bird.  Well, I call her my wife.  I’m so excited to have her be a part of this.  Please make her feel welcome.

This is a pretty good movie.  I’ve always liked it.  Any Zombie movie can be easy to watch and when you throw some great comedy in there, it makes it a classic.  I especially liked the rules to live by as seen as floating text throughout this movie.  I thought the narration by Jesse Eisenberg was quite natural and helped the audience feel closer to this character.  I didn’t think the role wasn’t quite a stretch for Jesse at all.  Same character he’s played before but with the addition of zombies.  This was the first role that I remember seeing Emma Stone in.  I think this was her break through movie.  She did fantastic.  Hard on the outside but soft on the inside.  Which is a great contrast to Columbus (Eisneberg):  Soft on the outside and soft on the inside.  Breslin & Harrelson have some great banter between each other.  Heck! Tallahassee (Harrelson) has great banter with each character.  He is the saving grace in this one.  The acting was great which is a direct result of excellent casting.

Which brings me to the writing and the plot of this movie.  What happened?  Wichita (Stone) & Little Rock (Breslin) are 2 tough and very smart girls that have been making their way in this world before the zombie apocalypse had even started.  They are written as smart, ruthless, & always able to get out of a jam.  Now, why in the world would both of these characters suddenly become just the opposite towards the end of a movie?  They go to this amusement park and light it up like Times Square unaware that this would bring every zombie in a 10 mile radius?  Then they trap themselves on a ride?  I found this to be annoying since the first half of this movie these characters wouldn’t have done something this stupid.  About as pointless as the plot.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked this movie but when you sit down and think about what you just watched, It isn’t much to remember.  The story in 2 sentences.  1.  Boy showing rules to survive and runs into a reluctant friend that loves Twinkies.  2.  The 2 friends run into 2 more very reluctant friends and they all go to an amusement park.  If you want to throw in another sentence you can say.  3.  Ran into Bill Murray.  So, the plot is very, very thin sad to say.

My number 1 rule in making any Zombie movie:  Zombies that are athletic aren’t really zombies.  I understand that this is a comedy and running zombies work for this movie.  But I felt that this movie should have been called “Infected-land”.  These weren’t zombies.  I guess if these were “wandering” zombies then the number 1 rule of Columbus’ would have been for not.  Cardio.

In summation, if you want an excellent movie then the script really doesn’t matter.  Just surround yourself with really good actors, intriguing characters, and lots of zombies.  Did you get that?  Script no.  Actors yes.  Zombies a must.    Double Tap!

Comic Book Movie Plus:  Emma Stone – The Amazing Spider-Man

Nudity Bonus: n/a (tassel’s don’t count)

4.0‘s

Ran-Dizzle-

This to me is a pretty creative, zombie-rom-com I’ve seen.  Even though it’s not the major point of the movie, the principle is the 4 stories and how they combined to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. The best actor of the whole movie hands down is Tallahassee(Harrelson). He to me brings the entertainment in the movie, he is gruff looking, but ends up being a nice guy.  Columbus(Eisenberg)  is pretty good he plays the shut in nerd well, Wichita(Stone) did rather well, and I love her acting I’ve never seen anything that she wasn’t good in. Little Rock(Breslin) I’ve only seen her in a few movies but her acting seemed much more mature then what I’ve seen her in so she’s grown very well into the roles. Even a cameo by Bill F***ing Murray even though that’s not his real middle name. His role in the movie was short but done rather well and we all can agree with his regrets.

The Story to me wasn’t completely original, however how they meshed it together I can give them props for, like adding in the “Rules” and “Zombie kill of the week” to me that added some comedic flavor to it which made it better. Special effects were rather well done for the film, I mean there is a lot of zombie make up and fake blood, and broken limbs.

Overall it’s a fun, zombie movie

Fun Fact: From what I remember they originally wanted spin a TV show off the movie that’s why the “Zombie Kill of the week.” But it fell though.

4.5‘s

 

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