Zombieland - Theatrical Review

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Zombieland
ZombieLand

Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

People have interesting reactions to horror. Specifically the intense moments. Some cower. Others cackle with glee. Some visibly jump in their seats. Others laugh too but it is one of discomfort. ZombieLand recognizes this quirk of human nature and utilizes it for full effect.

Zombieland marries comedy and gore to give moments where one can be revolted and yet laugh with glee as the movie munches through the conventions of the zombie genre. Off the bat the main character is a neurotic, mildly obsessively compulsive disordered, live at home with his parents, video gaming nerd known as Columbus.

Zombieland marries comedy and gore to give moments where one can be revolted and yet laugh with glee as the movie munches through the conventions of the zombie genre. Off the bat the main character is a neurotic, mildly obsessively compulsive disordered, live at home with his parents, video gaming nerd known as Columbus.

Columbus is one of the few survivors of a zombie holocaust who has turned his OCD into a survival tool. With it he has compiled a survival checklist which he recites in the opening moments of the movie. Then in a series of hilarious vignettes we are treated to perfect examples of the checklist and proving the old story telling adage of, ‘show not tell.’

The, ‘fasten your seatbelt,’ example is equally hilarious and gross.One of the conceits of the movie is the characters are known by a place instead of their name. Joining Columbus is Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee. Harrelson plays a domesticated version from his role from Natural Born Killers. The fact that he is a proficient killer, in this case of zombies, further mines the comedy/violence vein. The role fits Harrelson like a glove, is effective, and is one that he could do in his sleep.

Columbus and Tallahassee cross paths with a sister con artist team whom are constantly one upping the guys. The foursome create an unlikely family as they travel across the country and end up meeting someone in an unbilled cameo that while somewhat uneven, hits more than it misses.

Funny, gross, scary, and touching this is a film that rarely stumbles. A big thumbs up for the zombie effects and death scenes too. A lot of the credit goes to Jesse Eisenberg upon which the burden of the movie rests. A burden he carries with a charming, dry humoured ease.

ZombieLand is a blast.

8

Great

Lou is the site dinosaur - and like many kids in recent generations grew up loving dinosaurs - born and raised during the Golden Age of TV. He saw a puppet show about space and spaceships and robots and rayguns named Fireball XL-5 and his geek/nerdom was cemented. A steady diet of Lost In Space, Star Trek - his alltime fav series, and movies like Doctor Doo-Little, 2001, Planet of The Apes, Star Wars, Alien(s), LOTR etc have led to where he is now. Here at EyeCrave Net sharing his passion for cool and, unashamedly proud to do so in these oft cyncial times, honestly told touching stories.

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