Movie Review: Zombieland

Most people would just think that this is a funny zombie movie; but it isn't. No, this movie is a deconstruction of the zombie-genre. Some people don't just get it.

Firstly, there is no plot at all. This movie does not examine the horrors of living in a zombie invested world, the harsh struggle for survival, or the socio-political revolution that needs to takes place in a devastated civilization. Nope, our protagonists happened to be layman in the street whose purpose seems to be kill zombie to pass their time away.

The first protagonist, college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a genre-savvy person who made up all these rules about how to survive in a zombie apocalypse. These rules, which the distillation of knowledge passed down from countless of zombie movies and games, are:
#1 – Cardio
Only the fit survives. Fat people are the first to go down.

#2 – The Double Tap
Always shoot twice to make sure that the zombie is dead.

#3 – Beware of Bathrooms
Bathrooms are places where you would be the most vulnerable. The zombies know this and so should you.

#4 – Seatbelts
Driving is hazardous in zombie land. You can crash at any time and be thrown out of your car if you didn't buckle up.

#7 – Travel Light
No further explanation needed.

#17 – Don’t Be a Hero
This rule applies to just every scenario in real life unless you are a trained professional for those scenarios.

#18 – Limber Up
Always warm up before embarking into the unknown.

#22 – When In Doubt, Know Your Way Out
When in a building, know where the exit is before you embark further into that building.

#31 – Check the Back Seat
Zombies like to hide in the back seats.

Sadly, only two or three (cardio, double tap, and back seat) of the rules above where emphasized on regular basis. Still, those rules still provides a lot of funny moments around these rules.

The second protagonist, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) provides much of the craziness of in this movie. Killing zombie is his business and business is good. Wrapping up the cast is Wichita (Emma Stone) who provide the love interest of Columbus and her sister, Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).

The movie was short (around 81 minutes) but pleasant to watch. There were a few scary moment (after all this is a zombie movie). Recommended for watching is you have nothing else to do.

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