Zombieland is the second most fun zombie movie I’ve ever seen so far. First on the list would be Shaun of the Dead of course but only by a small margin. Right from the start the viewers are placed right in the middle of Zombieland.
There’s no subtle build up to the action. The movie begins with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) enumerating his rules for surviving Zombieland.
I have the Zombieland rules below for your reference:
- Double Tap
- Beware of Bathrooms
- No Attachments
- The “Skillet”
- Travel Light
- Get a Kick Ass Partner
- With your Bare Hands
- Don’t Swing Low
- Use Your Foot
- Bounty Paper Towels
- Shake it Off
- Always Carry a Change of Underwear
- Bowling Ball
- Opportunity Knocks
Don’t Be a Hero(later changed to Be a Hero)
- Limber Up
- Break it Up
- It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint. Unless it’s a Sprint, Then Sprint
- Avoid Strip Clubs
- When in Doubt Know your Way Out
- Use Your Thumbs
- Shoot First
- A Little Sunscreen Never Hurt Anybody
- Double-Knot your Shoes
- The Buddy System
- Pack your Stain Stick
- Check the Back Seat
- Enjoy the Little Things
- Swiss Army Knife
Columbus is a student from the University of Texas who is trying to go back to hometown Columbus, hoping that his parents are still alive. Along the way he met Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). They all agreed that it’s best for them to travel together.
Woody Harrelson was born for the role. His comedic timing is perfect and each of his one-liners was funny. And his love for Twinkies is contagious. I swear I craved for Twinkies after watching this movie. If you were in any way offended by Tallahassee then Zombieland is just not for you.
Zombieland is not a romantic comedy but it got that part covered with the Columbus and Wichita love line. Although not much time was spent on the romance, their chemistry was enough to make their love-hate relationship work on the screen.
Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson): Goddamn it, Bill fucking Murray! I had to get that out. I don’t mean to gush. This is so surreal. I mean, you probably get this all the time. Maybe not lately, but I’m such a huge fan of yours. You know, I swear, I’ve seen every one of your movies a million times. I even loved your dramatic roles and just everything. Six people left in the world and one of them is Bill fucking Murray. I know that’s not your middle name. I’ve been watching you since I was like… Since I could masturbate. I mean, not that they’re connected.
The best thing about Zombieland is Bill Murray. He is one of the highlights of the movie where he played himself. Tallahassee and Murray reenacting a scene from Ghostbusters had me laughing out loud. Bad news is that he didn’t live long enough because Columbus accidentally shot him with a shotgun. Anyway he deserves the best cameo award of all time if ever such award does exist.
Zombieland is a simple road trip story with zombies. It provides lots of good laughs, good actions scenes, and plenty of zombies. The story is predictable but you don’t watch a zombie movie for its plot anyway. Watch this at least once a year.