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Zombieland

Year: 2009
Studio: Columbia
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abagail Breslin, Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Zombies have to be one of the most enduring movies crazes of the past decade, and as this movie shows, filmmakers still aren't out of ideas.

This time we meet a nerdy kid (Eisenberg) who's survived the zombie apocalypse with unbreakable rules that show up on screen in little supertexts everywhere.

He meets a hard-bitten zombie killer (Harrelson) and they team up, but it isn't long before two con artist sisters relieve them of their vehicle and weapons. They catch up to the girls down the road before the two promptly get the better of them again until the four eventually realise they have to team up to survive. The boys figure they might as well join their quest to reach a California theme park that holds happy memories for them, only half believing the urban myth that it's not overrun by zombies like the rest of the country.

It's good fun if a little saggy here and there. If you want to be picky there are a few tangents and asides the film could have done without ad it just feels like the writers were padding out the running time, such as in the only partly funny Bill Murray episode. There's also a long stretch in the second act with no zombies at all.

But the gore and a few jump scares in the first half will please horror fans so you'll have a laugh and see some blood and guts. It could have been a bit better but could have been much worse.

Eisenberg reminded me so much either one could have played the role, and only so many actors can pull off tough to the point of ridiculous like Harrelson.

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