A mini review. (spoiler free)
I am sick and tired of Zombie movies. Zombies have been done to death … literally. In 1969 George Romero brought original horror to the screen with Night of the Living Dead. Dawn of the Dead, the 1978 sequel, put zombies on the monster map alongside the vampire and the werewolf as staples of horror cinema. Since then, the genre has been slowly rotting away to nothing. Admittedly there have been some high points, Return of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead being a few, but in general zombie movies have, well, sucked. They have become part of the vernacular, they have been parodied on the Simpsons, and most horrifically, they have become tiresome. Unfortunately they still plague the cinema screen like the lumbering fleasheaters they are. Enter Zombieland.
Zombieland adds a hefty squirt of frebreze onto the rotting corpse that is the zombie genre. From the get go, Zombieland bashes your brains all over the wall in a tongue in cheek manner that lets you know what you’re in for. The plot is simple, four survivors of a zombie holocaust travel from point A to point B, all the while dealing with each other, the zombies and their own hang-ups. Filmed on location in Georgia on a modest budget (23,600,000, modest by today’s standards), Zombieland proves that with a tight story and a great cast there is a reason to go back to the movies. It is gory, so be forewarned on that score, but if you can deal with that, I recommend it highly. The cast, Woody Harrelson, (a highly underrated actor), Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin stroll along with this film, seeming to have as much fun as the audience.
Go see it!