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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Zombieland


Starring:
Woody Harrelson (Seven Pounds
Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland)
Abigail Breslin (My Sister’s Keeper)
Bill Murray (City of Ember)

Directed by: 
Ruben Fleischer (Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May)


Written by:
 Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ("El show de Cándido")

Zombieland is gutbusting fun. Don’t let the blood and gore scare you away because this is a hoot-and-a-half of a comedy and you’ll be missing a great road film if you let a few irritable bowel movements (as in those exploding from folks’ internal places to the external world) gross you out. Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg make one terrific mismatched couple left to fend off the victims of a worldwide plague which has turned most all of humanity into raging flesh-eating zombies. Known only by the names of their hometowns (since getting too familiar isn’t advisable in a world full of mindless killers), Tallahassee (Harrelson) and Columbus (Eisenberg) roam the interstate looking for other survivors, or, in Tallahassee’s case, at least a fresh case of Hostess Twinkies®. Hey, when the world’s gone to crap, you set your sights low.


Sometimes finding what you want though can lead to its own complications, and those come in the form of sister act Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Can the nervous nerdy virgin from Columbus woo the tough-talking, ass-kicking Goth gal from Kansas in this new world order? Naturally, but it’s the getting there that’s all the fun, especially when the quartet decides to move into the Beverly Hills home of Tallahassee’s personal idol, actor Bill Murray. Look for an extended cameo by Murray himself in what has to be one of his funniest bits ever, trapped at the mercy of Harrelson’s fanatic fan, a guy who just can’t get over meeting his real-life hero in person, thus proving that there are  way scarier things in the world today than brain-eating corpses. But we’ll have a much better example of this in theaters in another few weeks when the Michael Jackson documentary, This is It, opens. 

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