Monday, February 15, 2010

Zombieland

I finally got to see this little gem last night, and I must say, I was rather impressed. I had my doubts, as I'm not a giant Woody Harrelson fan, but he's actually one of the main draws to the film, as his character is a fantastic, gun toting, twinkie hunting badass. The gist of the film is this: the world has fallen to hordes of zombies and now the survivors have their hands full just trying to make it through the day. Nothing you haven't seen before, basically, but it's the little character interactions that make it special. The lead is a chronically afraid shut-in who meets up with Woody's life-loving rascal and then they in turn meet two sisters. They all make the devastated world interesting and even through the scares, you'll find time to laugh at their exploits. The rules for surviving the zombie holocaust are particularly great for laughs and also just good to know.

I particularly like that despite the usual zombie trappings, the movie doesn't fall into the "people are the real enemy" trap that so many movies do. In fact, Zombieland, much like Left 4 Dead, teaches us that the only way to stay alive is to stay together, as there is strength in numbers. Bravo to that. I always hate seeing this trope in monster films, particularly zombie films where it seems to pop up the most. I'll give it a pass in Romero's films as his are more a morality play on the decay of civilization, but in others it's just lazy and an easy way to get to a shock ending. Fortunately, Zombieland avoids this.

Check it out.

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