Two very different men have found a way to survive an America where a virus has run amok and almost all humans have become zombies - lurching to lunch on those who have not. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a self confessed young coward - but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is an gun-totin', zombie-slayin' badass whose single determination is to get every last Twinkie (a unique US sweet bar) on earth. They bump into enterprising sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, and form an uneasy alliance - after almost killing each other - to survive the zombie menace.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Splatter movies are the breakfast of movie champions, such as Peter Jackson, whose early films (Brain Dead, for example) were cheerfully gory and cheaply made. Zombieland isn't quite as cheaply made but it's equally cheerfully gory and more besides. If you want escapism with a capital F for fun, Zombieland is it to a T (with a Zee). You'll have to see it to believe me, but this is also a sweet zombie movie; a sweet young romance and a sweet surprise scene add layers to what is a terrific screenplay.
Woody Harrelson is mighty as the rogue Tallahassee, who gives the impression that he's the only one in the world who has welcomed the plague that has made his home the United States of Zombieland - because it means his untamed ways are the default status of humans. Jesse Eisenberg, who narrates the story for us with nerdy, self deprecating humour, is highly entertaining as Columbus, the virginal teenager who finds romance amidst the chaos of post apocalyptic America.
But without the performances of Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, the film would have been lopsided; the girls bring not only humour but attitude, and help drive the film's anarchic tone with a vengeance.
There are moments of relative calm, but the film signals its intentions and its tone with an opening scene that warns us to expect a carnage comedy that opens the veins and scatters the entrails, as it drags us from our cinema seats through the demented landscape of littered highways where crawling zombies chomp bloodily on human lunch. And somehow, it all works.
DVD Special features include Commentary with Actors Woody Harrelson & Jesse Eisenberg, Director Ruben Fleischer, Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Go behind the scenes, Zombieland is Your Land, deleted scenes, visual effects, trailers.
Published May 13, 2010
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ZOMBIELAND: DVD (MA)
CAST: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Derek Graf
PRODUCER: Gavin Polone
DIRECTOR: Ruben Fleischer
SCRIPT: Rett Reese, Paul Wernick
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Bonvillain
EDITOR: Alan Baumgarten
MUSIC: David Sardy
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Maher Ahmad
RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 3, 2009
PRESENTATION: 16: 9
SPECIAL FEATURES: DVD Special features include Commentary with Actors Woody Harrelson & Jesse Eisenberg, Director Ruben Fleischer, Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Go behind the scenes, Zombieland is Your Land, deleted scenes, visual effects, trailers.
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: May 5, 2010