PLOT SUMMARY: Generic zombie plot. Which is fine.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Teenage girls find people to screw over in a world that has no people left.
PEOPLE: Starring Michael Cera-wannabe Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, The Village, Roger Dodger), Woody Harrelson (Cheers, Natural Born Killers, A Scanner Darkly, Larry Flynt in The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Wag The Dog, Indecent Proposal), Emma Stone (The House Bunny, Superbad), and Abigail Breslin (who was 6 years old when she was in Signs).
QUIRKS: Zombies AND comedy. Where can you go wrong?
VISUALS: Post-zombie-apocalypse bleakness. Not a lot of gore, so this is less visual than many zombie/horror movies.
SOUNDTRACK: Metallica AND Chuck Mangione? Can you really go wrong with that? Throw in some Van Halen, Velvet Underground, Mozart, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Blue Oyster Cult, and Ray Parker Jr., and you’re set.
MORALS: Despite the fact that a post-zombie world requires detaching your emotions from all your loved ones [especially the ones who just tried to eat you], it still remains true that people survive best when depending on each other for help.
BAD STUFF: Not a lot of zombies. Hardly any in the entire movie, for something called “Zombieland”.
CONCLUSION: An awesome zombie-survival-comedy! I wont say that it puts Shaun Of The Dead to shame — but I think it’s pretty much just as good.
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. Maybe a low 5-stars and a low 9/10, but a 5/5, 9/10 nonetheless.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: a whopping 8.0/10, Netflix: 4.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.6/5 stars).
RECOMMENDATION: A must-see comedy AND a must-see zombie movie.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Shaun Of The Dead, of course. Here’s looking forward to the 3-D sequel, Zombieland 2!
MOVIE QUOTE: Tallahassee: Out west, we hear it’s out east, out east they hear it’s out west. It’s all bullshit. It’s like you’re a penguin at the North Pole hears the South Pole is real nice this time of year.
Columbus: There are no penguins in the North Pole.
Tallahassee: You wanna feel how hard I can punch?
Music: KMFDM – Godlike (12” Mix)