Thursday, 19 May 2011

Zombieland (2009) Review By Michael Heath

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigial Breslin.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

The first time I watched this film it was the most satisfying thing, money well spent. Zombieland has one of the most action packed entertaining openings I've seen, it's then only bested by the film it's self.

Not dragging out any reasons for this zombie out break with any cinematics, just a simple voice over and then straight in with the action. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is our terrified awkward teenager on the road back to Ohio, and he teams up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is our bad ass twinkie loving red neck. These two character plays so well off each other. A great thing about each of these characters is that they have there own little unique thing Tallahassee's is that he'll do anything for a twinkie. Columbus has his rules for survival which once revealed and a hilariously funny scene or flash back to pair with the rules. There is no doubt that these two characters  are on opposite ends of the scale but with the same goal to survive. But wheres the fun in just surviving in a comedy zombie film.

Now no film would be complete without "a marriageable young woman to bring home to the folks". Wichita (Emma Stone) and her quite mature for her age little sister Little rock (Abigail Breslin) are our amazingly crafty two sisters who get the better of Columbus and Tallahassee on more than one occasion. Running at around an hour and a half the film doesn't drag on to that much needed predictable but hysterical big finale. I didn't want to compare it to Shaun of the Dead however, it has to be said that the zombie gore is quite similar in this film which is oh so satisfying with a little bit of attitude sprinkled on top. In my opinion this film is at it's best when on the big screen this doesn't stop me watching it on the small screen at home though.

Rating 8/10