Zombieland – USA, 2009

Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer (Venom) from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

The film stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Together they take an extended road trip across Southwestern United States in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies.

Zombieland received positive critical reviews and was a commercial success, grossing more than $60.8 million in 17 days.

In July 2018, it was confirmed that Zombieland 2 would begin filming in January 2019 with the same cast and production team.

Two months after a mutated strain of mad cow disease has turned most humans into cannibal zombies, unaffected college student “Columbus” (Jesse Eisenberg) is making his way to Columbus, Ohio to see whether his parents are still alive. He encounters “Tallahassee” (Woody Harrelson), another survivor who seeks Twinkies. They travel together.

They later meet “Wichita” (Emma Stone) and her younger, 12-year-old sister “Little Rock” (Abigail Breslin). The sisters were con artists before the catastrophe, and have little trouble tricking the two guys into handing over their weapons and stealing their vehicle. Later, the two men find a Hummer loaded with weapons, but when they meet the girls again, the girls once more gain the upper hand, taking their weapons and car. Tallahassee manages to wrestle away Little Rock’s gun, resulting in a Mexican standoff. Columbus negotiates a truce…

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Reviews:

‘Traditionally, zombie films are valued for their satirical qualities, but this one doesn’t aspire to any commentary on our undead commercial society. It does however offer a nice line on Columbus’s emotional frigidity and irrational fear of social contact. These disabilities have equipped him with the neurotically alert caution now needed to stay alive: he may have been a bit of a zombie before the apocalypse, but now his humanity has triumphed. A very ridiculous film which is also a treat’. The Guardian

‘Except for a therapeutic-trashing-of-a-tchotchke-store scene the movie could have done without, Zombieland is an exhilarating ride, start to finish. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set a high bar for this subgenre with Shaun of the Dead, but Reese, Wernick and Fleischer may have trumped them. This isn’t just a good zombie comedy. It’s a damn fine movie, period’. Time Magazine

‘Hardened genre fans (those who aren’t laughing) may feel short-changed by the film’s loose approach to horror convention – it’s more of a droll B-picture like Tremors than, say, Romero’s ‘Dead’ films – but there is plenty of gizzard-chomping mayhem to see them through the brisk runtime’. Time Out

‘Cultish slacker cool isn’t something you can work to achieve — you have it or you don’t — and Fleischer is angling for it just a tad too hard. For all the splattery takedowns of groaning extras, it’s fitting that Zombieland ends up in an amusement park, because it basically is one’. The Telegraph

My only concern about Zombieland is how it will hold up on repeat viewings.  It’s funny, has likable characters, and features some memorable kills but as most gamers know, multiplayer works best because the path isn’t pre-determined’. Collider.com

‘This is zombie heaven. The only concerns I had was a few moments with light aliasing, and a recurring orange tone in skin tones, though it wasn’t all that frequent. I’m beyond ecstatic that Zombieland looks this damn good, and while not perfect, it’s sure to impress and satiate fans’. High-Def Digest

Buy: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Official Zombieland site

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