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Directed By
Ruben Fleischer

Written By:
Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese

Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray, Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Burns, Anthony J. Davis, Travis Grant, Martin Klebba, Lynn McArthur, Jade Moser, Clay Walker, Steve Warren, Sonya Thompson, Daniel Burnley, April Rich, Chick Bernhardt, Michelle Sebek, Rosie Bernhard, Elle Alexander, Dalton Cole, Ming Liu, Steve Prouty, Tammy Luthi Retzlaff, Michelle Sebek, Travis Young, Victory Van Tuyl

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Zombieland (2009)
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Movie Review by Filmkiller
March 23rd, 2010

More Fun Than Disneyland

Favorite Movie Quote: "Someone's ear is in danger of having hair brushed over it..."

This movie may be my new cool test. If you like it, our relations can continue, but if you don't I may just walk away because you are (un)dead to me.

Simple enough story here. Zombie plague completely sweeps the Earth for all intents and purposes, as there is no organized resistance or bands of survivors. Loners Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson, attacking zombies as though they were papparazzi), Wichita (red-headed hottie, Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Bresslin), eventually overcome their wisely adopted paranoia and self-reliance to become something of a dysfunctional family. There's a social commentary going on about how these four characters survived that is so subtle and masked by humor as to be nearly invisible, which is of course when it's best.

More so than anything though, Zombieland is just plain f*cking fun, arguably the most pure fun I've had at the movies since I saw American Pie on its opening night. Don't get me wrong, there are better movies, but if there was a movie that was more fun than Zombieland in 2009, I didn't see it.

It also needs to be said that this script and excecution is real creative genius. Lord of the Rings wasn't made into a live-action film until 2001 because the technology didn't exist to do it right. Zombieland could have been done 20-30 years ago, and no one thought to do it (or got it done) until these jackels made it happen. I think that deserves some kind of special credit.

I'm trying to find the official rule that states that you can't take a Zombie movie seriously, or respect the fact that there's a fair bit of originality breathed into this undead premise. Shaun of the Dead was good, but Zombieland was better - I'm having a hard time justifying a Better Picture in 2009 than Zombieland.

Not bad for a scrawny little spit-f*ck.

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