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Zombieland (2009)

You wouldn’t think there’d be anymore room for zombie comedies after Shaun of the Dead and yet, Zombieland found away. Perhaps it’s because the zombie outbreak in this film has gone global, leaving more room to poke fun at the ridiculous heights people will reach to survive. It doesn’t hurt that the cast is made up of strong comedic personalities either. The results are both amusing and nauseating.

“Columbus” (Jesse Eisenberg) is a seemingly meek college student surviving in the zombie apocalypse. By using a set of rules for survival, Columbus attempts to travel from Austin, Texas to Columbus, Ohio (Thus his namesake) to find his family. Along the way he meets a Twinkie obsessed zombie hunter, “Tallahassee” (Woody Harrelson) and a pair of resourceful sisters, “Wichita” (Emma Stone) and “Little Rock” (Abigail Breslin). They shift the journey to “Pacific Playland” in L.A. where there are supposedly no zombies… Or so they think!

Zombieland is like the dumber, crazier, younger brother to Shaun of the Dead. That’s not to say it’s not clever, but the jokes tend to lie on the raunchier side. The energy is high and the pacing is quick, which is only enhanced by the decision to include fast zombies as opposed to slow ones. It’s a great popcorn flick with some great laughs, big scares, and possibly the greatest cameo of all time. You know what I’m talking about.

Batters up!… I’m really running out of interesting things to say.