Zombieland (2009)

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A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting bruiser in search or the last Twinkie and a pair of sisters striving to get to an amusement park join forces in a trek across a zombie-filled America.


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10 September 2009 | akerdan
7
| Actually quite fun
I just was exiting the theater after seeing '9', which is also worth a look, when my friend and I were offered tickets to a preview screening of Zombieland, which began almost immediately. I had seen previews for this picture, but I'd say this exceeded my expectations, which isn't to say masterpiece, but it was certainly entertaining, and at about 90 minutes, didn't really overstay it's welcome.

As you might expect for this genre, it's quite gory, so don't go expecting a light 'R' rating. But if you can handle some bloodshed, no, make that a substantial amount of bloodshed - but perhaps I should add in a comic environment - there's some pretty funny stuff here. Woody Harreleson and Jesse Eisenberg make an amusing odd couple and Emma Stone was fine for this material, although she and Abigale Breslin had slightly less to do.

I'm certainly no expert on the horror genre or the zombie sub-genre, but I can say that this wasn't as scary as Shaun of the Dead, in fact not very scary at all, I may have jumped back just a tiny bit a few times; however I may have laughed more. However I'm sure it does make a difference that I saw 'Shaun' alone on DVD, while 'Zombieland' I watched in a theater full of people laughing, clapping and cheering.

Let's face it, you know what's going to happen in this flick, but I'm happy to say, plot conventions and all, this delivers enough laughs so if you know what you're getting into I doubt you'll regret laying down the price of admission for this sucker. Should you see it, see it opening night - if I haven't made it clear enough already, this is the kind of movie where the more enthusiastic people in the theater, the more fun it will be. And to end on a very positive note, 'Zombieland' does feature what just might go down in history as the best celebrity cameo of all time.

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Trivia

Contrary to many contemporary zombie films (such as Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Shaun of the Dead (2004)), Zombieland is quite explicit about what caused the zombie infestation. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) mentions that the first patient ate an infected hamburger, so the source is a pathogen, like a virus. People only become zombies after contact with other zombies, so it is not airborne. In a deleted scene, Columbus mentions that to prevent infection, one should avoid contact with bodily fluids of infected people, suggesting that the infection can be transmitted through contact with blood, saliva and vomit.


Quotes

Columbus: Oh, America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I've come to realize that you can't have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland.


Goofs

In the grocery store when Wichita checks the double barrel shotgun to see if it's loaded, firing pin indentations are visible in the primers of the shells indicating the shells have already been fired.


Crazy Credits

The opening titles are knocked aside in slow motion by various elements in the scenes like the characters, gunfire, automobiles.


Alternate Versions

The DVD and Blu-ray releases feature 7 deleted scenes:

  • Ziploc Bags - Columbus narrates over a zombie attack scene that relates to his second rule about using Ziploc bags.
  • This Did Not Just Happen - Columbus delivers a short monologue about an anxiety attack after being attacked by a zombie.
  • Mom and Dad Would Have To Wait - Columbus narrates a scene where he explains about zombie attacks while cleaning up his room where he was attacked by one.
  • The Joke's On Them - After their car is driven away by Wichita and Little Rock, Tallahassee reveals to Columbus that he stole some ammunition without them noticing.
  • The Slow and The Weak - Wichita and Little Rock have a conversation while driving on a zombie-infested road.
  • Girls Play At Park - An additional scene where Wichita and Little Rock play at Pacific Playland before the zombies arrive.
  • You Always Think Of Something - A scene which switches back and forth between Wichita & Little Rock, who are stuck on the fairground, and Columbus and Tallahassee, who are driving to Pacific Playland.


Soundtracks

Death Prayer in Heaven's Orchard
Written by
Ethan Miller
Performed by Howlin Rain
Courtesy of Birdman Records
Under license from The Bicycle Music Company

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

2 October 2009

Language

English, Spanish, French


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

One Park Place B5, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$23,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,733,155 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$75,590,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,392,080

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