In the horror comedy Zombieland focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss — but when you’re afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-toting, zombie-slaying’ bad ass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Jesse Eisenberg … Columbus
Woody Harrelson … Tallahassee
Emma Stone … Wichita
Abigail Breslin … Little Rock
Amber Heard … 406
Bill Murray … Himself
Derek Graf … Clown Zombie
Jacob G. Akins … Banjo Zombie
Hunter Aldridge … Best Man
Elle Alexander … Zombie Meter Maid
Michael August … Police Officer Zombie
Melanie Booth … Hippie Girl
Daniel Burnley … Frightened Pedestrian
Chris Burns … Bicycle Zombie
Dalton Cole … Bubbie & Pee Paw’s grandson
Blaise Corrigan … Groom
Ernest Dancy … Businessman Zombie
Anthony J. Davis … Store Patron
Travis Grant … Riot Zombie
Robert Hatch … Yuppie Zombie
Barry Hopkins … Panicked Pedestrian
Amir Khan … Point-blank Zombie
Amir Zeev Kovacs … Neighbor
Ming Liu … Achilles Business Woman
Shaun Lynch … Cardio Zombie
Lynn McArthur … Girl on cell phone
Jade Moser … Yellow Truck Girl
Paul A. Moser … Jeep Guy
Darian O’Rear … Birthday Princess
Justin Price … Sprint Zombie
Steve Prouty … Punched in Face Zombie
Tammy Luthi Retzlaff … Woman Attacked by Zombie’s
April Rich … Hot Mom
Cody Rowlett … Panicked Pedestrian
Joan Schuermeyer … Cynthia Knickerbocker
Michelle Sebek … Businesswoman Zombie
Jessalin Smith … College Student Zombie
Steven Stadler … Cowboy
Brian Stretch … DC Zombie
Sonya Thompson … Lunchroom Lady Zombie
Victory Van Tuyl … Bubby & Pee Paw’s Granddaughter
Clay Walker … Mechanic
Steve Warren … Metro Station Zombie
Mike White … Victim in Bathroom
Travis Young … Grocery Store Zombie
Dr. Zombies Review:
There are not too many zombie movies that I would recommends to people that are not fans of the genre. Let’s be honest, in most cases they are cheap independent films that barely make the grade of going straight to video. As a zombie fan, I will watch anything with zombies in it, good or bad. However, Zombieland has to be at the top of my list of zombie movies.
Zombieland, turned out to be everything I hoped it would be when I first saw the trailers. I figured there was no way that it was going to do a good job at being a comedy and a horror movie. Finally, a zombie comedy I can recommend to people when they tell me how funny Shaun of the Dead was. (For the record, I love Shaun of the Dead, I just get sick of that being the only zombie movie that non-zombie lovers watch).
This movie was so good, that people were cheering during the credits. Which were the best credits I have seen in any movie. the credits packed in plenty of bloody zombie action, in high detail and slow motion. I would have cried, but Voracious D was sitting next to me in the theater.
Woody Harrelson did a superb job as usual. In fact, I really can’t fault any of the cast. They all did an excellent job. I especially enjoyed Bill Murray. He always does such a good job playing himself.
I honestly can’t think of a single thing I disliked about the movie. It delivered in every way a zombie movie and a comedy should. I was even afraid that the trailer was going to give away all the funny parts, but nope, there was plenty of funny to go around.
Voracious D’s Review:
To properly critique this film, I need to maintain a veneer of objectivity, adhere to the journalistic principles of integrity and…aw screw it! This movie is amazing. I have absolute confidence is saying this is one of the best zombie comedies since Shaun of the Dead. What’s surprised me, though, was the fact that I couldn’t think of a legitimate reason why this couldn’t be one of the best zombie movies, comedic or otherwise, that I’ve seen recently. If it weren’t for that pesky Tarantino picture, I’d call this my film of the year. Since I’m not on the Columbia Pictures payroll, I’ll have to judge against that very unfair standard of “best film ever made,” and note that there are some nitpicks to be made. While it will not make AFI’s 100 Greatest Films, one shouldn’t have expected it to, in the first place. Whatever small grievances I have with it, then, I have to make this one point explicitly clear: go see this movie.
Aside from maybe Zach Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland has one of the best, most engaging opening sequences I’ve seen in a zombie flick. In fact, the entire first quarter is incredible. Incredibly humorous, incredibly violent, and incredibly well paced. By well-paced, I mean, of course, balls-to-the wall pacing. The way in which Zombieland manages to do comedy and horror-action with almost equal amounts of success is amazing. Though it may speak badly of me, I have to admit there were a few scenes that made me jump or cringe. To state it without giving away some of the more memorable scenes: this movie does zombies well. Very well. This movie also does bad ass very well. There were moments where I doubted Woody Harrelson’s ability to be badass. Then would come a scene that made me slap myself for ever doubting him, or at least the director’s ability to make him seem like the second coming of Chuck Norris. However, much of the weapons-grade awesome is used up by the middle of the movie. The rest of the movie isn’t terrible, by any stretch of the imagination, it just doesn’t keep pace with the insanely high bar set by what came before. This, believe or not, is a good problem to have.
A bad problem to have is to be stingy on the zombies. Especially when, as mentioned, they are done so well. Once all the principal characters have been gathered, there comes a long stretch when there are few zombies to be seen. Given the fact that these characters are in, well, Zombieland, this seems impossible. Yet, I’m sure anyone who sees or has seen the movie will understand exactly the section I’m referring to. I know the intent is to ground the characters in something beyond simply zombie massacre, which is all well and good, but there is no reason why there couldn’t be some interruptions by the hungry and teeming masses of the undead. Besides, our narrator and protagonist, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), gets an extremely well done flashback scene and a zombie, so why couldn’t that hold true for the rest of the characters? However, it goes beyond backstory. There are moments in the middle of the film where I expected, hands gripped on both drink holders and perhaps too uncomfortably close to the person on my right’s arm, to have, for lack of better way to put it, shit go down. When it didn’t, I felt a little embarrassed for getting so worked up, but I also wondered why a few more zombie attack scenes couldn’t have cropped up. Call it being too much of a student of drama, but I like to have my characters chased up a tree, have rocks thrown at them, and then have their enemies find a chainsaw to cut the tree down with. Again, I don’t want to spoil too much, because the movie deserves to be seen, but I will say that I thought acquiring a Hummer full of zombie death devices would be a little…harder to do.
The only other nitpick comes from Columbus’ narration. Once again, it is perfect in the beginning. Self-deprecating, sarcastic, world-weary…the perfect voice for one of the last living humans in Zombieland. However, as the movie progresses, his comments become less apt. Or rather, too apt. What I mean is that he says some pretty obvious things. Things that the audience could probably put together, themselves. What happens, then, is you got a voice that is either cheesy or not worth paying attention to. In either case, that’s not a good thing. Imagine if you got sick of Ash’s one-liners by the end of Army of Darkness? The redeeming factor is that this movie is much more than its narrating. It can get away with the narration becoming superfluous because there is typically a good action scene that will do all the talking, anyway.
To beat a dead horse, this movie is great. The above mentioned issues didn’t keep me from enjoying myself while I was watching it. Only in the afterglow did I start to think of these things. Zombieland is an amazingly fun movie that will have quite a few people come out of the theater saying, somewhat ashamed, “That was better than I thought.” Much better. By leaps and bounds..