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ZOMBIELAND

SYNOPSIS:
Two very different men have found a way to survive an America where a virus has run amok and almost all humans have become zombies - lurching to lunch on those who have not. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a self confessed young coward - but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is an gun-totin', zombie-slayin' badass whose single determination is to get every last Twinkie (a unique US sweet bar) on earth. They bump into enterprising sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, and form an uneasy alliance - after almost killing each other - to survive the zombie menace.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Splatter movies are the breakfast of movie champions, such as Peter Jackson, whose early films (Brain Dead, for example) were cheerfully gory and cheaply made. Zombieland isn't quite as cheaply made but it's equally cheerfully gory and more besides. If you want escapism with a capital F for fun, Zombieland is it to a T (with a Zee). You'll have to see it to believe me, but this is also a sweet zombie movie; a sweet young romance and a sweet surprise scene add layers to what is a terrific screenplay.

Woody Harrelson is mighty as the rogue Tallahassee, who gives the impression that he's the only one in the world who has welcomed the plague that has made his home the United States of Zombieland - because it means his untamed ways are the default status of humans. Jesse Eisenberg, who narrates the story for us with nerdy, self deprecating humour, is highly entertaining as Columbus, the virginal teenager who finds romance amidst the chaos of post apocalyptic America.

But without the performances of Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, the film would have been lopsided; the girls bring not only humour but attitude, and help drive the film's anarchic tone with a vengeance.

There are moments of relative calm, but the film signals its intentions and its tone with an opening scene that warns us to expect a carnage comedy that opens the veins and scatters the entrails, as it drags us from our cinema seats through the demented landscape of littered highways where crawling zombies chomp bloodily on human lunch. And somehow, it all works.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

ZOMBIELAND (MA)
(US, 2009)

CAST: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Derek Graf

PRODUCER: Gavin Polone

DIRECTOR: Ruben Fleischer

SCRIPT: Rett Reese, Paul Wernick

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Bonvillain

EDITOR: Alan Baumgarten

MUSIC: David Sardy

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Maher Ahmad

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 3, 2009







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