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January 22, 2010

Dead funny

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 1:10 am

January 22, 2010

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Director: Ruben Fleischer

I’ve never been much of a zombie-movie fan, but this one surprised me. Zombieland is a comic road-movie set in a post-apocalyptic America where the undead roam the streets, looking to kill and convert anyone who hasn’t been zombified yet.

Our hero, a nerdish loner (played by Jesse Eisenberg) appears to be the only survivor on his campus, thus prompting him to set off towards home, when he meets an unhinged, whiskey-swiveling zombie-killer (played by Woody Harrelson) with whom he takes a cross-country road-trip. Along the way, this oddball duo is outsmarted and subsequently befriended by a pair of survivor siblings (played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) who join them on their adventure, splattering zombies with guns, baseball bats and pretty much anything sharp or strong that’s handy.

Unpredictable and packed with clever one-liners, Zombieland works as an amusing buddy movie thanks to some sparkling chemistry between the two guys. Sure there’s lots of blood-splattered action too, but the tone’s more comic than gruesome. There’s also a surprise cameo by a well-known actor who plays himself in the film, and that catches you completely off-guard.

I’m going with three out of five for Zombieland; it delivers lots of silly, slapstick fun; it’s a good way to spend two hours after a tiring day at work.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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