‘Zombieland’ a new undead gem

Woody Harrelson stars in Columbia Pictures comedy, Zombieland.


Woody Harrelson stars in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, “Zombieland.”

Tim Dickerson

I wish that movie theaters had seat belts, because “Zombieland” was one hell of a ride!

It is overloaded with deathly-funny comedy and action, with a hint of drama, that makes this an extremely fun movie.

In a time of terrible zombie movies coming out constantly, this isn’t one to miss for fans of the sub-genre.

Woody Harrelson plays Tallahassee (all characters were named after cities), a badass cowboy who excels in the zombie-killing business, and business is booming!

Blood, guts, shotgun shells and one-liners are what you get from Harrelson’s epic scenes.

His character amounted to the greatness of Ash of the “Evil Dead” series.

Ash had his cowardly side too, which was fleshed out in Jessie Eisenberg‘s hilarious character, the cowardly loner who came up with a list of rules to survive the United States of Zombieland.

The film is narrated by Columbus (Eisenberg), who meets Tallahassee after the zombie apocalypse and, despite their differences, decide to travel together where they find two con artist sisters, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).

Their adventures together continue with stolen cars, romantic tension and roller coasters.

This is definitely a great treat for zombie-lovers that are tired of being disappointed by the many duds.

Unfortunately, the zombie sub-genre has a tendency to be awful.

One might think that good zombie movies would be easy to make, given their simple plots and low budgets. Apparently that isn’t so with all the failures that come and go.

This makes one respect director Ruben Fleischer‘s film that much more.

Fleischer shows us in this film that to make a worthwhile zombie film, it needs to be fun above anything else, as the only good serious-zombie films came from George Romero (“Night of the Living Dead“).

Before now, Romero seemed to be the only director that could do a zombie film right.

Other than Romero’s films, if you wanted a good zombie movie, you would have to go with foreign films such as “Shaun of the Dead,” “Undead” and “Dead Alive.”

Things have now changed with “Zombieland,” the best zombie film since “Shaun of the Dead.”