Friday, October 2, 2009

Hollywood Product: Zombieland

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge NATURAL BORN KILLERS: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg, from left) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson)
  • NATURAL BORN KILLERS: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg, from left) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson)

GENRE: Ultraviolent zombie comedy

THE PITCH: In zombie-ravaged America, four mismatched survivors nicknamed Columbus (Adventureland’s Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Superbad’s Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin) try to get along while killing the undead and road-tripping to a California amusement park. By the way, it’s a comedy.

MONEY SHOTS: The spectacular opening credits show slow-motion zombie attacks in incongruous places like a three-legged race. Little girl zombies in princess outfits swarm a soccer mom, who drives off, crashes her car and flies through the windshield — so buckle up! Our heroes enjoy the catharsis of trashing a gift shop of Native American knick-knacks. Amusement park rides like rollercoasters and tilt-a-whirls facilitate elaborate “kills” in the final action sequence.

BEST LINE: “I may seem an unlikely survivor, with all my phobias and irritable bowel syndrome,” says meek Columbus before enumerating his obsessive but hilarious rules of survival.

BEST BAD LINE: “Time to nut up or shut up” is pretty much the “It’s my way or the highway” of 2009.

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