Friday, October 9, 2009

Zombieland: A Heartwarming Zombie Flick

I saw Zombieland last night with my horror movie buddy sister. I had pretty high expectations based on the trailers and I wasn't disappointed.

Columbus is kind of a wimp, but successfully survives the zombie apocalypse because of his extensive list of do's and don'ts. He hitches a ride with Tallahassee, a Twinkie-obsessed, gun-toting tough guy, and his life takes a wild turn. On their adventure they encounter Wichita and Little Rock, two cunning and manipulative sisters. This rag-tag team of survivors may become a zombie-fighting family, if they don't kill each other first.

Zombieland was a blast. From the very first scene, the film just took off. I loved when the rules would just appear on the screen whenever they were followed or ignored. It was so hilarious in places, I couldn't stop laughing. The big cameo that takes place in Hollywood is priceless. I would say this film is in the same category as Shaun of the Dead (which is the film that inspired it).

The zombies were a product of a rage virus, so they did move pretty fast. This makes sense, since they are alive and not dead. The speed actually made the film a bit more thrilling. It wasn't really scary, but it was definitely suspenseful and surprising at points. The stripper zombie and the clown zombies were the best

The characters were very real. On the surface, you might think Tallahassee is just a meat-headed jerk, but each and every character had their own motivations and reasons for being the way they are. As the movie progresses, you gradually get to piece together the character's pasts, their inner workings, and the process as they start to trust each other. What really made this film unique was that it was heart warming and optimistic. I know it sounds really weird about a post-apocalyptic zombie movie, but it's true. I think everyone should see this movie!


Zombie Girrrl said...

I knew you'd review this one! I'm so glad it wasn't a dud, because I really want to see it! Even my dad wants to go, and his idea of a good movie either features Clint Eastwood or the holy grail.
Great review! :)

Zombie Girrrl said...

BTW, you have an award waiting at my blog!

vvb32 reads said...

heartwarming? ;-D i'm going to see it tonight. be back here soon.

Misty said...

I want to see this SO BAD. And it's #1; who saw that coming?