There was a time not too long ago when the only people making zombie movies were George Romero and Lucio Fulci. Now
The flick takes place shortly after the zombie apocalypse where a loser kid named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg, the guy you hire when Michael Cera doesn’t return your calls) teams up with a cocky survivalist named
Zombieland is a lot of fun mostly because the performers seem to be having a blast. Harrelson hasn’t been this good since Natural Born Killers and is even able to lend some dimension to his otherwise cartoonish character. Eisenberg also fares well as the nerdy sidekick. After Adventureland, this is his second film in a row dealing with an amusement park with the word “land” in it. Thank God this movie is a lot better than that piece of shit. Then there is the surprise celebrity cameo. I just can’t bring myself to spoil it for you. Just be prepared to laugh.
The flick isn’t perfect though. The two skanks that perpetually pull the wool over our heroes’ eyes got on my damn nerves PDQ. I wish they had become Zombie Chow the first time they showed up. I was also disappointed that the filmmakers didn’t take full advantage of the amusement park setting.
Harrelson gets the best line of the movie via his catchphrase, "Nut up or shut up!"
Zombieland has enough yuks for the bucks to place it on The Video Vacuum Top Ten Films of 2009 List at the Number 8 spot; sandwiching it right in between Watchmen and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.