Yes I know, this did come out a couple of weeks ago, but it is the season of Halloween, so I decided to do a review on a scary movie.
Let me first confess that I am not a big horror fan. Its not that I hate it, it’s just that I am too paranoid to begin with, so when you start adding the worries of a demon-man that attacks your in your sleep or a monster that haunts a children’s camp area I just go off the reservation. With that said I do keep up on what is going on in the genre. If you are into horror and gore keep your eyes out for the following two movies: the French film Martyrs and the film The Human Centipede . From what I have heard so far, both films are all sorts crazy.
Now back to Zombieland , as I have mentioned already I am pretty paranoid and D will attest zombies hold a special place in my paranoid fantasies. Yes, I have spent an unhealthy amount time thinking of what I would do during a zombie invasion. I won’t go into details here, but to show you the extent of my insanity, I already know which doors I would rip out to board up the windows, how I would keep the house warm without electricity and most importantly, what household items I could use and transform into weapons should the need come about.
Instead of thinking "oh a burglar or serial killer can get in through here" I think "if the zombies evolve intelligences, I am going to have to bar up the basement windows" and "I better start working on cardio you never know when I have to out run a zombie hoard" (of course I don’t actually work out!)
So when I saw that Zombieland was coming out, I took it as an opportunity for research and development. I knew the movie wasn’t a serious horror movie, so it was a perfect combo for me.
1) I get to learn about other ways to survive the zombie apocalypse
2) I watch a zombie comedy rather than a full out horror.
Zombieland star Jessie Eisenberg (he was also in the coincidentally named Adventureland ), Woody Harrelson (Money Train alongside Wesley Snipes) Emma Stone (The House Bunny . Side note:I find her oddly attractive now Post Superbad , even though I really can’t say why) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine ). We follow Eisenberg’s character as he explains his rules in how he survives the apocalypse and his ultimate meeting with all the other characters in the film. There are various funny scenes that show the rules being applied and ignored and the consequences of that ignorance. The rules graphically pop up on the screen as they are used and are a great tool to pull the movie together. Another interesting theme of the film, is the various ways of dispatching of zombies, of which I am sure was the most popular aspect in the theater.
Other that the zombie, the film revolves around each of the characters and how they cope and survive in the zombie apocalypse. Each character is introduced in the movie as more or less loners. By the end, they realize that while they may have a better chance alone, that they real thing that makes them different from the zombies around them is their camaraderie or more specifically the small family that they create together.
There were definitely a number of a laugh out loud moments, as well as some brief nudity (a must in any Zombie style movies), and a special cameo that really was the best gag of all. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, obviously it is definitely not for children, but most teens will find it funny and older kids like me will also enjoy it as well.
I have already heard grumblings of a sequel with all the main character coming back as well as comic book as possible TV series. I am not sure how fully developed or possible any of the ideas are but frankly with a world full of zombies as the star of the film anything is possible.