Zombieland

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Picture courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Zombies and the apocalypse have become popular themes when it comes to literature, tv shows and films. Each has their own set of theories as well as depictions of how Zombies come to be and how they are portrayed. There is the mindless shuffling zombie, there are the ones that seem to have super human strength and those with heightened senses. Each have the common similarities of feeding off the living, a bite causing transformation, and only sure death resulting from head wounds.

Zombieland takes place 2 months after the outbreak of a virus similar to that of mad cow. The main character dubbed “Columbus” played by Jesse Eisenberg survived the initial outbreak from his loner tendencies. He has a list of rules that he abides by to ensure his survival. While on the move he encounters “Tallahassee” played by Woody Harrelson. The two decide to travel together as they are headed in the same direction. Tallahassee seems to be on an endless mission to find the worlds last Twinkies. It’s on one of these raids that they come across two girls “Wichita” and “Little Rock” played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, who may not be as innocent as they appear. The group do not trust each other for obvious reasons but choose to stick together while trying to find a safe haven unaffected by the plague.

It took me a while to see this movie. I am into the Zombie flicks and shows as they can be pretty entertaining. Zombieland features the usual Zombie traits but includes a few quirks and humour along the way. One thing I found very strange about this film is that it’s two months since the outbreak, so it if fairly fresh, but there are less survivors you can count on your two hands and for much of the film just as many Zombies.

For all it’s quirks and humour, I was not impressed with this movie. The effect it had on me was almost that of a Zombie virus for I found my attention wondering throughout the film. For all it’s possibilities, 10 minutes of the Walking Dead can be more exhilarating than the full length of this film. Sorry, as much as I enjoy Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson, this Zombie flick is one worth missing.

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