Zombieland (2009) - Ruben Fleischer
Much like "W," when it comes to "Z" there is only so far you can go in terms of content. Zombies represent that intermittent terror between ghosts (the dead) and monsters (abominable creatures). Over the last decade there has been a huge revival of the sub-genre originally pioneered by George A. Romero and his "Living Dead" films. Lately there have been more misses than hits in this sub-genre, partially due to Romero's own continued involvement. Zombieland (2009) is one of those films that keeps the fire burning and interest growing. Fun and engaging from start to finish, the film plays with the culture impact of the dreaded, yet invited, Zombie Apocalypse. Much like Shaun of the Dead (2004) before it, Zombieland follows a group of survivors, two misfit outcasts and a pair of sisters, who have managed to hang on to their senses of humor despite losing everything else. It is through their back stories, particularly Woody Harrelson's character Tallahassee, and their encounters together that the group bonds to form a new dysfunctional family. Peppered with rules from the narrator (Jesse Eisenburg) on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, the film acts as a humorous record of events, or an instructional guide. Either way it allows the film to not be taken too seriously, yet still remain entertaining, which is what movies are supposed to be anyway.
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