Movie review: "Zombieland"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

I'm always leery of movies that try to be cult favorites right out of the gate. A movie earns its cult status through box-office failure and eventually finding a rabid home-video following - not the solid marketing campaign and awesome trailer Zombieland boasted.

Well, dammit if Zombieland isn't just too much fun to resist. You got me. It finds new fun in a genre so undead that even the parodies were starting to seem stale.

For starters, there's the awesomely no-frills setup. With a sweetly efficient line of dialogue from our humble narrator (Jesse Eisenberg), we establish that, in the world of this film, there are bunches of zombies. 'Nuff said.

Characters in Zombieland get their names from their zombie-world destinations, so our narrator is named - wait for it - Columbus, Ohio (represent!). He meets up with grizzled zombie-slayer Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and a pair of con-artist sisters (Superbad's Emma Stone and Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin) as they road-trip their way through the apocalypse.

Zombieland will most likely be the most fun you have in a movie theater this year. From the dry wit and wisdom of Columbus' narration to the mix of video game violence that stays just shy of going too gross, it's nearly pitch-perfect. And that awesome trailer? It doesn't even hint at the best surprises.

Yes, Zombieland's prefab cult status is well-deserved, and I'm looking forward to a future of rowdy midnight showings.


Opens Friday

Grade: A-