Director: Ruben Fleisher
Writer: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigal Breslin, and Bill Murray
It’s a sad commentary on the state of summer movies so far when my favorite movie to date is a movie that came out last year and I just watched on DVD.
Anyway, this is a great popcorn movie. The script is great, movie well paced, and performances on target across the board. The story is a comedic version of a postapocalyptic near future. The Earth has been infected with a virus that causes people to turn into zombies once bitten. We follow Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) as he heads East to find his family back home in Columbus, Ohio. As he travels he teams up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), who wants to go back to…you guessed it, Tallahassee. The characters use names of the cities they are either from or going to to identify each other–by doing so they hope to not develop emotion attachments to each other. Along the way they get car jacked–twice–by sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigal Breslin). This is their story on how they survive and become a family while fighting zombies and accidentally killing Bill Murray.
Jesse Eisenberg does the standard Jesse Eisenberg performance–which is the standard Michael Cera performance but with quicker dialogue and no hoodie. He works well with Woody Harrelson and has good chemistry with Emma Stone. Bill Murray is great as himself.
If you are a fan of Scott Pilgrim Saves the World, you’ll be a fan of Zombieland. It has the same vive with the floating captions and quirky musical score. The main difference that makes this movie more enjoyable, though, is that it is more realistic–as zombie movies go. You can relate to the characters and empathize with them.
You will not be disappointed if you put this on your Netflix queue. While not fun for the whole family, everyone over thirteen will have a great time watching this film.
PS The DVD extras are good as well.