You know "Zombieland" is going to be a bit different as soon as the movie begins. Columbus does a rundown of some of the most important rules he's learned while living in Zombieland leading up to the credits playing over very cool slow-motion scenes of people being chased and eaten by zombies with "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica playing the entire time. The cinematography and the way the characters on screen interact with the letters in the opening credits is incredible. Blood splattering on the screen, glass shattering, and the way everything seems to be jumping out at you. Best movie opening so far this year! Woody Harrelson perfectly captures the insane, grizzled hero of the bunch. Jesse Eisenberg, as he tends to be in his roles, works as the awkward kid with a crush. Emma Stone is sweet and cute in her own wicked little way. And then there's the sweet Abigail Breslin who really never fails and still maintains her place as one of the few tolerable child stars left out there. On other technical levels, the writing was very good. The dialogue is often hilarious, especially in the times of character spats. The story never gets too complicated and stays very interesting throughout. Director Ruben Fleischer, who makes his directorial debut here, really captures the action of the zombie-killing lifestyle well and manages to wrangle the movie into something both simple and expansive. Very well done on all accounts. The gore is fantastic, brutal, and sometimes over-the-top. "Zombieland" is witty horror entertainment with a great cast and clever cinematography. A roller coaster ride you immediately want to ride again as soon as its over. What's surprising is it might just wind up being the best horror film to come out this year!
- My Rating: 9.00/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 89% (7.3/10)
- IMDb: 8.1/10