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Zombieland blends humor with horror

Amber Burton

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Zombies are taking over America!

Well, the box offices at least. “Zombieland,” the new comedy about life in a world overrun by zombies, delivers well written humor with a side order of viscera. Jesse Eisenberg stars as the neurotic, quirky Columbus, who attributes his survival in “The United States of Zombieland” to his carefully thought out rules of survival. Eisenberg’s performance gives viewers a refreshing take on a character you’d expect to be played by Michael Cera.

Columbus meets up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), who dictates they don’t exchange real names in case one of them gets eaten by a zombie. While traveling, they encounter Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two sisters trying to get to California and a hopefully zombie-free theme park. The four reluctantly band together and face numerous zombie attacks, setbacks, and Bill Murray along their journey. Columbus tries to stick to his list of rules, but is eventually forced out of his comfort zone and forced to accept that sometimes rules have to be broken to move forward in life.

The film has everything a good zombie comedy- ZomCom, if you will- needs: quality performances, fantastic dialogue, quirky visual elements, and of course, flesh eating zombies with all manner of gore hanging from their mouths. Some may squeal and hide their eyes from the zombies’ gaping maws, there are plenty of blood free scenes to keep even the most squeamish entertained.

Whether you’re an old fan of ZomComs or a newcomer to the cult genre, this film will have you wanting to come back for more.

Brains, that is.

 

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