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Zombieland: Movie Review

Zombies are one of the most used up characters in movies. What's worse, with all the zombie movies coming out, majority of them have similar story lines - as if their story lines were great from the get-go. Zombie films are as mindless as the brains of their antagonists. We can only count a few zombie films that have captured our minds. "28 Days Later" is one and "Shaun of the Dead" is another. "28 Days Later" changed the way we understood zombies. If you think zombies are the slow and lumbering kind, then you have an outdated view because in "28 Days Later" zombies are pumped up Usain Bolt. "Shaun of the Dead" on the other hand brought laughter into the mix. "Zombieland" promises to be a mix of these - horror,comedy and running zombies (this just brought a tear in our eyes). Can "Zombieland" prove to be a great mishmash? Read on to find out.

"Zombieland" is cast on post-apocalypse America where mad cow disease had mutated to mad human disease which eventually turned almost everyone to zombies. We meet Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), a college student who at best is a geek. Amazingly, Columbus has been surviving on his own with his own personal rules that he uses against the undead horde. Columbus craves to interact with another human being - so desperate in fact that he decides to go to his hometown in Columbus, Ohio in the hopes that he might see his parents alive and well. Along the way, Columbus meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) who roams around the country looking for fried Twinkies. Both eventually decide to travel together for the meantime. When they stop at a grocery store, they also met Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) who both want to go to Pacific Playland in Los Angeles. Although the two groups had a rocky start and the question now is can they all get what they want and still survive the growing populace of the undead?

"Zombieland" had to end and that is the only thing we could see on the downside. It was over eighty minutes of terror interspersed with laughter and amazingly, it had time to let you ponder on life's meaning and purpose. Woody Harrelson was definitely the star of the show even with the supporting role he had. While the storyline was so simple, we were amazed on how interesting it was as it grabbed our attention from the start. Even better are the rules of Columbus - 33 rules that pop up on screen from time to time- definitely a crowd pleaser in our opinion. Also watch out for the final firefight at the end of the film which was definitely worth the ticket price. We could only wished "Zombieland" was a wee bit longer but even in its shortness, we learned a lot of things about appreciating life than we did watching countless films in unison.

Rating: 5 reels





Why you should watch it:
- it was funny as hell especially Woody Harrelson
- a simple storyline that definitely captures the attention of even the most hard-to-please person
- a not-so-serious yet deep film about living life

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it was a little bit on the short side
- if you are the easy-queasy kind then you will hate the gore


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