Zombieland – Review (Film)

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Well that was certainly some ride 😎

Ruben Fleischer’s film packs a visceral punch from the brilliant slow motion opening right the way through until the credits roll.

Zombieland tells the story of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) a young man left as one of the few survivors of a viral outbreak that has turned the population into the walking dead.

He meets up with wildcard Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson – excellent as usual) and they decide to travel together, eventually meeting Wichita (Superbad’s Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine).

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The film deals with some complex issues of trust and family in amongst all the mayhem and there is a poignant moment involving Tallahassee. Fleischer, wisely, doesn’t dwell on it for more than a few seconds and the emotional feeling doesn’t feel forced with the laughs returning shortly thereafter.

Zombieland is a brutal film that never flinches from showing the damage done to Zombies by various weapons/household objects. But at the same time everything is so slapstick you can’t help but laugh. The balance is great.

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It has been a while (the back to back Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse bill) since I saw a film get such a response from an audience – so many laughs, people were clapping, gasping, cheering almost. Here in the UK that is a fairly rare occurence.

There is also possibly one of the best cameos ever, which I won’t even hint at for fear of spoiling it for anyone.

This isn’t a film about finding a cure for the virus, or working out where it came from – for the first time in a long time in this kind of film these are real people just trying to survive.

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No-one has had army training and they know they have to follow some self imposed rules to survive.

And it’s that ‘everyman’ factor which really hits home and gives you a connection to the characters.

Zombieland is big, brash, loud and colourful.

Film of the year so far – no doubt.

Rating: 9/10

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