Firstly let me say that Zombieland is not a horror movie in the traditional sense. The focus is definitely on the comedy, although it can be gory in places, especially the hilarious ‘Zombie Kill Of The Week’ montages. Secondly, I will add that Zombieland has no real plot to speak of, other than poking fun at the zombie genre and giving the audience big laughs along the way.
Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the team behind the hugely successful ‘Deadpool’ franchise. As you’d expect from the writers of Deadpool the dialog in Zombieland is sharp and witty and Woody Harrison does a great job delivering his lines as the uber cool ‘Tallahassee’. Jesse Eisenberg plays ‘Columbus’ a nerd whose crippling social anxiety has protected him well from mad person disease which became mad zombie disease. Columbus and Tallahassee become unlikely partners in a post-apocalyptic America. The pair meets badass sisters ‘Wichita’ and ‘Little Rock’ during a fruitless search for Twinkie snacks. The group then decides to drive to Los Angeles and find an amusement park they've heard is zombie free (you can see what I mean about the plot?).
The lack of storyline doesn’t prevent this film from being brilliant funny and hugely enjoyable. The humour is perfectly pitched and the cast is totally on point. No review of a ‘Zombie Comedy’ movie would be complete without mentioning ‘Shaun Of The Dead’. The 2004 Simon Pegg film defined the sub-genre and it is still considered the gold standard when it comes to judging Horror/Comedy flicks. Whilst Zombieland doesn’t knock ‘Shaun Of the Dead’ of the winner's podium, it does come a close second.
Fans of Zombieland will be thrilled to hear that Zombieland 2 is now in production with the original cast onboard.
Update: Zombieland is now only available on Netflix US. You can buy it on Amazon but it is not included with the Prime subscription.