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Zombieland (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Ruben Fleischer

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg/Columbus
Woody Harrelson/Tallahassee
Emma Stone/Wichita
Abigail Breslin/Little Rock
PLOT-CRUNCH
The world has been taken over by zombies and human presence is scarce… yup, a change for the best. We follow the adventures of phobia inclined geek Columbus (Eisenberg) and tough as Bronson, zombie killer Tallahassee (Harrelson) as they drive through the undead wasteland, hook up with some broads, whoop zombie derriere in varied brutal ways and search for inner salvation. Yup this pizza has ALL of the toppings going on! Booyakasha!
THE LOWDOWN

Time to nut up or shut up! - Tallahassee

Even though I am OFFICIALLY sick of zombie movies, the TRAILERS for ZOMBIELAND had my blood spilling; looked like a potentially AWESOME effort. So I went in there hoping for some easy wam-bam-thank you mam – lose my number… but nothing could’ve prepared me for the UN-ADULTERATED BLAST that I had with it. DAMN!

ZOMBIELAND was a brilliantly written flick. The way it capitalized on its premise was genius while the dialogue was witty and sharp. Not since the hey-days of Tarantino has repartee been so biting. Big props to screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for their solid screenplay. BEERS ARE ON ME GENTS! You heard me… ON ME! The random self referencing moments (them Zombie rules owned me) hit the mark as well and the characters were endearing to say the least. I warmed up to Columbus (Eisenberg who was IDEAL for the role) right away. His brutally honest demeanor as to himself via his cynical narration so hit the mark – I was in stitches. And when rock & roll zombie destroyer Tallahassee (tackled by an on the ball Woody Harrelson, who hasn’t been this cool in a movie since Natural Born Killers) came into the picture and tagged along with our protagonist; the flick upped its ante and cleaned house. From that point on, I couldn’t see how this one could go wrong.

The buddy-buddy chemistry these two mooks shared was a hoot to witness no doubt. Both Harrelson and Eisenberg complemented and bounced off each other flawlessly. Talk about an electric and effortless chemistry. I wonder if these dudes became the best of friends on set? Sure looked like they did. Visually, this rollercoastdead ride was pure, edgy energy. The tempo was swift, the shots often kinetic and the editing creative. Moreover, I loved the sly use of uber slow motion and ramping (aka speed ramping, which is when the image suddenly speeds up and then slows down) which brought impact and further laughs to key zombie scenes. Director Ruben Fleischer is somebody to keep tabs on that’s for sure. This was his first feature and he slammed it out of the park. His eye was speedy, flamboyant, stylish and very “now”. His vibe was totally in tune with my own personal cinematic affinities. You go boy!

What about the gore you may ask? Any of that candy in this play-pen? F*CK YEAH! I’m talking grisly zombie bites and severed limb all communicated via stellar special effects at that. Add to that a rocking soundtrack (Metallica, Van Halen…nice!), a sexy and likable show by Emma Stone, a surprise cameo that floored me, all kinds of money sight gags and a horde of stand out action scenes that fulfilled my carnage and firearm fetishes and you get a superior horror hump. This one just kept acing its math tests with my fav equation being: a slew of automatic weapons + an amusement park + countless zombies = ARROW SOLD! No bull, I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun at the movies. And I was alone on this one. Nobody backing me up! It’s rare that I hit the theaters solo, I like company – but this time it didn’t matter.

My sole peeves with the flick had to with how our two leads kept getting swindled by a girly duo. I just didn’t fully buy it. I mean if Tallahassee can kill 500 Zombies without having to scratch his balls why couldn’t he handle two young dames? Suspension of disbelief was needed here – big time! Same went for the last plot turn which didn’t feel organic to me, especially when taking into account where the characters were (mentally) at that point. It was obviously only there to FORCE the story in the direction it needed to go. Finally the middle section lagged a bit with maybe a tad too much blab going on and not enough undead schtuff, but I survived it, I didn’t get hurt and the explosive and mayhem filled last act definitely made up for it.

So… yeah… I think I made myself clear here – ZOMBIELAND was amazing – the REAL DEAL! See it with a gang of friends, sneak in a mickey and expect a great old time! It’s an ideal horror party movie!

GORE
Messy bullet wounds, red laced zombie chomping, severed limbs, blood, guts, head bashing and more! Ketchup was laid on thick on these fries as it should be.
T & A
We get a pair of undead ta-tas (bouncing in slow motion no less) via a zombie stripper and Emma Stone looked finnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne…period. The camera simply loved her and so did my retinas and the Yeti in my Khakis.
BOTTOM LINE
When ZOMBIELAND kicked off with FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by METALLICA, I knew I was in good hands and thankfully for the bulk of its running time it didn’t disappoint. Appealing and funny performances, zombie butchery galore, stand-out dialogue, hilarious sight gags, free flowing plasma, mucho guns and a hot babe in Emma Stone… how can ya go wrong? Sure the middle section lagged a bit and there were a couple of illogical (to me anyways) turns that didn’t go down full-smooth but overall I dare ya to find a more amusing film than ZOMBIELAND this year. A horror comedy that works on both counts! SEQUEL!!!!!!!
BULL'S EYE
Director Ruben Fleischer put ou there that he was inspired by make this by Shaun of the Dead (2004) - another great film - nothing wrong with that.

They started shooting this one in February 2009. Shit, they got ready for the screens fast.

After wrapping Zombieland, Woody Harrelson had a fight with a TMZ (aka f*cking scumbags). He defended himself by saying he was still in character and thought the cameraman was a zombie. I hope he decked him good! F*ck TMZ!

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10:18AM on 03/10/2010

Overrated Zombie Comedy is no classic in my book.

I thought "Zombieland" would be something like "George A. Romero`s Dawn of the Dead". Like Romero`s film, most of the action taken place in a Shopping Mall. I thought Ruben Fleischer`s movie would do the same thing taking place in a theme park but I was wrong.

I felt cheated, after watching the theatrical trailer and many TV Spots of this movie, back in October 2009. Don`t get me wrong, the four leads were good in the movie and the Bill Murray cameo was the highlight of the movie.

I
I thought "Zombieland" would be something like "George A. Romero`s Dawn of the Dead". Like Romero`s film, most of the action taken place in a Shopping Mall. I thought Ruben Fleischer`s movie would do the same thing taking place in a theme park but I was wrong.

I felt cheated, after watching the theatrical trailer and many TV Spots of this movie, back in October 2009. Don`t get me wrong, the four leads were good in the movie and the Bill Murray cameo was the highlight of the movie.

I thought Fleischer went overboard with his visual style and the rules of survival to killing zombies. I do love the opening montage sequence with the Metallica song. Michael Bonvillian`s Widescreen cinematography was good.

Overall, it`s not bad. But if you want to see true Zombie Comedies watch "Dan O`Bannon`s Return of the Living Dead", "Peter Jackson`s Dead Alive" and "Edgar Wright`s Shaun of the Dead".

Those three Zombie Comedies are much better movies than "Zombieland".
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2:22PM on 12/13/2009

SEQUEL!

loved the entire movie, and imdb says there's gonna be SEQUEL!!!
loved the entire movie, and imdb says there's gonna be SEQUEL!!!
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1:38AM on 10/08/2009
most fun I've had at a zombie movie! it has everything I want in a zombie flick :D oh and the cameo by "BM" classic!
most fun I've had at a zombie movie! it has everything I want in a zombie flick :D oh and the cameo by "BM" classic!
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12:45AM on 10/05/2009
I thought it was pretty awesome and I would give it an 8 or 9 out of 10. The BM cameo was out cold. My only gripe about the movie was that although it had a decent amount of gore, I wish it would have been gorier. If it had been bat shit crazy over the top gore via zombies getting sliced in half, and heads blowing up with a few other inventive kills thrown in then I would've given it a 10. But great movie anyway with one of the best openings in a movie ever...For Whom the Bells Toll!
I thought it was pretty awesome and I would give it an 8 or 9 out of 10. The BM cameo was out cold. My only gripe about the movie was that although it had a decent amount of gore, I wish it would have been gorier. If it had been bat shit crazy over the top gore via zombies getting sliced in half, and heads blowing up with a few other inventive kills thrown in then I would've given it a 10. But great movie anyway with one of the best openings in a movie ever...For Whom the Bells Toll!
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8:52AM on 10/04/2009
Great review. Saw the movie last night and it definately is one of the better movies of 2009. I wish it had been in 3d but it was good none the less. Here is something on the side to also note. The golden razzies crew are giving this one a thumbs up.
Great review. Saw the movie last night and it definately is one of the better movies of 2009. I wish it had been in 3d but it was good none the less. Here is something on the side to also note. The golden razzies crew are giving this one a thumbs up.
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3:27AM on 10/03/2009
Definitely a great flick, and I pretty much agree with everything you said.

How come the "Acting" and "Directing" sections are missing from this?
Definitely a great flick, and I pretty much agree with everything you said.

How come the "Acting" and "Directing" sections are missing from this?
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3:26AM on 10/03/2009
i had a lot of fun at this movie. love a good zombie flick (traditional and non) and this one fit the bill. not a fan of woody, but, he did a great job. fun to be had by all.
i had a lot of fun at this movie. love a good zombie flick (traditional and non) and this one fit the bill. not a fan of woody, but, he did a great job. fun to be had by all.
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10:02PM on 09/30/2009

Looks great!

This looks like it has its bases covered from A to Z. Armies of zombies? Check. Badasses, babes, & bullets? Check. Carnage? Check. You get the idea... A definite must-see, made all the more so by Arrow's raging review.
This looks like it has its bases covered from A to Z. Armies of zombies? Check. Badasses, babes, & bullets? Check. Carnage? Check. You get the idea... A definite must-see, made all the more so by Arrow's raging review.
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7:29PM on 09/30/2009
Wicked review! I can't wait to see this, but no idea when the Oz release is.
Wicked review! I can't wait to see this, but no idea when the Oz release is.
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5:31PM on 09/30/2009

Must Watch!

I saw this movie twice via movie screenings and this review is right on the money. Movie is literally perfect. Good mixture of action and comedy. Woody Harrelson is awesome! Must watch for everyone!
I saw this movie twice via movie screenings and this review is right on the money. Movie is literally perfect. Good mixture of action and comedy. Woody Harrelson is awesome! Must watch for everyone!
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3:10PM on 09/30/2009

CAN'T WAIT!

I probably won't be able to catch Zombieland this weekend, which is a bummer! But I sure as hell ain't missing out on this one!
I probably won't be able to catch Zombieland this weekend, which is a bummer! But I sure as hell ain't missing out on this one!
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11:50AM on 09/30/2009

This Weekend!

I can't wait to check ut this flick! Maybe I can con a chcik into going with me so the YETI in my Khakis can have some fun!
I can't wait to check ut this flick! Maybe I can con a chcik into going with me so the YETI in my Khakis can have some fun!
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