Zombieland

Splattery good fun from director Ruben Fleischer.  Jesse Eisenberg, who has cornered the market on playing quick-witted misfits, teams up with Woody Harrelson on a cross-country road trip–the road being lined with legions of the undead.  Along the way they meet up with sisters Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.  The siblings (and amateur conwomen) believe there’s a west-coast amusement park utterly devoid of zombies. They kidnap the men for their car and set off for the Sunshine State.

This is a fun movie, and far gorier than I had anticipated, though the carnage is giddily over-the-top.  Harrelson has a lot of fun with his role as the supreme zombie ass-kicker, and Eisenberg is helped along in his survival by a list of neurotic do’s and don’ts that pop up on the screen at opportune times.  Bill Murray has an absolutely hilarious cameo as himself, which, as it turns out, is maybe not such a great thing after all.  Horror fans will love this one.

2009; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson; directed by Ruben Fleischer; 88 min; R; in English.

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