The scenario may sound familiar: the Earth’s population has been decimated by a virus that turns nearly everyone into flesh-eating zombies. Yes, the zombie genre has certainly been overdone in recent years, but while ‘Zombieland’ isn’t exactly original, the film certainly shouldn’t leave you feeling brain-dead. In a twist on the usual clichés of the genre, debut director Robert Fleischer and his writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have created a classic buddy movie that emerges out of the blood and gore.
Despite Jesse Eisenberg appearing to be an exact replica of Michael Cera, he certainly makes the role of Columbus his own. Eisenberg’s cynical and insecure voiceovers are particularly humorous and even a tad reminiscent of Woody Allen. Columbus teams up with Tallahasee (Woody Harrelson), a man with two aims: to kill zombies by the most grisly means possible, and to hunt down the last remaining Twinkies on the planet. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin complete the motley crew as battle-hardened sisters adding some much-needed eye candy to the line-up.
All in all, ‘Zombieland’ is a surprisingly entertaining movie. While it doesn’t quite reach the satirical heights of fellow zom-com ‘Shaun of the Dead’, it does effortlessly combine the ironic teen comedy genre, in the mould of ‘Juno’ and ‘Superbad’, with the action and gore of a classic zombie flick. If you’re a fan of teens and terror then you’ll certainly like this smart, tongue-in-cheek and wickedly gruesome comedy.