director: Ruben Fleischer
writers: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese
starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin
genre: Comedy | Horror
released: October 2, 2009 (U.S.)
Any zombie film that comes out to the cinemas is always on the top of my list to go and see. As a big zombie fan and lover of all Romero zombie films and as well film "Shaun of the Dead". I always await to see what somebody else has in their mind to the zombie genre. How will they change it or spice it up. Well "Zombieland" does neither, it’s just a plain comedic horror film that passes along too quickly with very simple and mundane meanings and with very few great jokes to count.
We follow 4 characters. All named after cities because they don’t care about who they are, but where there going. First we meet up with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who is your classic nerd, who before the zombie apocalypse had no friends and after still has no friends. Then there’s Tennessee (Woody Harrelson) who is the best zombie killer out there and is on the search for the last Twinkie. The last two, are the sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) who both are two strong girls determined to survive and believe there’s a place somewhere without zombies. They all meet up and go on their adventure. In a sense its road trip film that happens to have zombies and be at the same time about a dysfunctional new family.
The film has gotten many positive reviews and audiences seem to be enjoying it as well. What puzzles me is, what was the biggest impression that this film made upon them? Except for a cameo and a joke about Tennessee and his dog there’s nothing more that impressed me. Comedic elements are too little with amateur dialogue, the action is mediocre with the set pieces of killing zombies being scarce and not very inventive as I would hope.
As a horror film its not very gory and as a zombie film its kind of disappointing. It adds nothing to the zombie lore. No new ideas, no interesting plot devices and they don't even really care that much that zombies are out there. The zombies really aren't characters themselves as portrayed in the film. Yes they are dead and lifeless. But their suppose to symbolize and mean something. Something that this film forgot completely of.
Most of my problems with film was that they didn't do enough to make it a better film. Its as if they said "we couldn't make it any better", but thing is they could. The film has no purpose, the characters were all uninteresting to me except Tennessee where all the best jokes came from. As for Jesse Eisenberg he seems to be playing the same character in every film, "The geek". The last three films I've seen him in I would have said he was pretty much the same character. As for the girls they really had nothing to do. Everything seemed too simple. In general the film needed more jokes, more gore and more character development. All of these problems weren't obvious during production?
The zombie genre has been getting very fashionable lately. With more movies and videogames coming up, zombies seem to be cool and they are for good reason. But its not easy making a good Zombie film. The zombie genre isn't remembered that much for its classics. "Zombieland" is just another example of people who love horror films and zombie films and thought it was a good idea to make a film without any meaning or an deep enough story. With films like these I just get disappointed at the lack of effort. It is a fun film, but its too casual, cliched and mediocre. Better off seeing "Shaun of the Dead" that is a true testament of love towards zombie films and the horror/comedy genre. Zombieland is nothing more than a horror film for the casual crowd that didn't have enough the balls to make into a more provocative and funny film.