October 12th, 2009

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Zombieland

Caught Zombieland this weekend. And it's pretty damn entertaining. It's basically an indie comedy set in a world where just about the entire world has been wiped out by a zombie apocalypse. A handful of isolated survivors encounter each other as they pursue their own goals and alternately aid or saboutage each other's efforts. One could easily describe the film as an American Shaun of the Dead, but I think that misrepresents it a bit, as well as overselling it a little.

Star Jesse Eisenberg essentially extends the talkative but awkward adolescent he played in Roger Dodger into socially-maladjusted adulthood and it's a character he plays quite charmingly. Woody Harrelson plays a gung-ho redneck out to kill as many zombies as possible and hopefully find a Twinkie. I'll keep mute about their other co-stars, who include Emma Stone and Abigal Breslin, for fear of spoiling certain plot elements.

Oh, and the zombies, for their part, are more 28 Days Later than Night of the Living Dead. In case that matters to you.

I've never heard of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who originally tried to sell the film as the pilot to a television series, but I suspect we'll be hearing a lot more from them, as well as fledgling director Ruben Fleischer.



Also: Go, Phils!

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