Movie Review: Zombieland

Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) stars as Columbus, a twentysomething who lives by a certain code in an alternate reality where the world is populated with over 90% zombies. An outbreak has spread like wildfire infecting everyone in its wake. The reason Columbus has survived is because he lives by some really strict rules which he learned when his hot neighbor (Amber Heard) became a zombie right before his eyes.

Now Columbus just wants to get home to “Columbus” Ohio and find out if his parents are normal or, well, zombies. Along the road home, Columbus runs into a redneck named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) who has a certain talent. He’s damn good at killing zombies and for Tallahassee it’s become an art form.

Together they form the weirdest of friendships as they bond by escaping zombies and hooking up with two sisters who are making their way West too.

Jesse Eisenberg has been doing the same schtick since he starred in the family drama, Get Real on Fox. But since Michael Cera has gone supernova with the whole “cute geeky loser” persona, Jesse is now considered an imitation when in fact he probably came before Cera. And I have to say that his schtick in this gets old really quick. I dont completely blame Eisenberg because the type of character itself as a whole has been over-used so much

The crown jewel of this comedy is Woody Harrelson who is just flawless as this redneck zombie annihilator. Because he is so zany, I would have to say that he reminded me so much of Bruce Campbell’s Ash in the Evil Dead movies. He is basically a redneck Ash. Woody is just so much fun in ths film. I also do love Woody’s mantra for the character, “Nut Up or Shut Up!” That has got pop culture catch-phrase written all over it!

 The humor,  slick editing and production style make this film a must see for any horror freak or zombie fan. It quite impressive when the director’s last job was directing parts of the Jimmy Kimmel show. Oh the writing team who put this movie together have been hired to re-write the Spider-man spin-off film, Venom.

I can’t say that Zombieland is original, or say that it’s a work of art. This is one of the funniest horror comedies I have ever seen!

Zombie/Horror fan rating: 5 out of 5

Soothsayer rating: 4 out of 5.

So Says the Soothsayer

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