Zombieland - movie POSTER (UK Style C) (27" x 40") (2009 ...

Zombieland is a movie that I thought was going to be cringey and extremely stupid but it ended up being really awesome. I think it’s the kind of movie with a perfect cast that just holds up the whole film. This 2009 film features the ensemble of Jesse Eisenburg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone. They even got Bill Murray for some reason but still awesome. The film itself is very quirky and not your typical film to come out of this genre. I wouldn’t call it a horror film, yes there is gore but it’s not really horror. The film is hilarious, quirky and includes a lot of dark humour.

Something I found interesting about this movie was that the characters didn’t use their real names. All of them use the place they used to live as their names. I assume this is to show how they don’t trust each other. It’s also symbolic of how you can’t get emotionally involved with others because of the dangers. So instead they go by Tallahassee, Wichita, Little Rock, and Columbus. The four of them are really messed up and socially awkward. They don’t really know how to work with or talk to people because they always assume the worst in people. In the movie they learn to trust each other and become the family they either never had or no longer have.

I liked the use of narration in this film by Columbus and how he made out these rules for himself to follow. For example, the most prominent one being the ‘Double Tap’ which is to shoot or hit a zombie twice to make sure it’s dead. This one is used the most through the movie and became part of the title for the sequel. However, I think that’s a pretty dumb name if you don’t understand the reference to this film.

The duo of Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson is always incredible. After this film they went on to do ‘Now You See Me’ and ‘Now You See Me 2’ together. I think it’s just one of those dynamics that can apply to all different kinds of films. A quirky aspect to this film was Tallahassee's search for the last twinkie and how the group was helping him find one. It is something so odd and insignificant yet so important to this character.

This film is a little too gory for my liking and has a lot of jump scares. Normally, I’m not a fan of zombie movies at all but this one is fantastic. The film is not your mainstream zombie apocalypse movie. It’s not like the walking dead and stuff like that. I think that is why this film is so compelling, as it’s so different and I think the actors really enhance the film as well. Zombieland is available on Netflix and I definitely think you should go check it out.


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