Certificate 15, 88 minutes
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
In Zombieland Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg, American Ultra, Now You See Me, The Social Network) stars as the rather unusual survivor of the zombie apocalypse that has turned the United States of America into Zombieland. He has a wide range of phobias and spent his most of his time at home, in his apartment, alone, playing World of Warcraft. His survival he credits to a whole list of rules which he follows religiously, and which appear on the screen when mentioned, such as Rule #1: Cardio. To escape zombies you need to be able to run, so it's important to stay in shape. As he says, the fatties were the first to get eaten.
Zombieland is a comedy horror film. There is plenty of gore, an awful lot of violence, although most - but not all - of it is perpetrated on zombies, but also plenty of humour. This is not a film that takes itself too seriously. The gun-happy, zombie killing often seems to be trying to kill zombies as oddly as possible, as well as with overwhelming firepower. This is a road trip with zombies, but it isn't a dreary and depressing zombie film (or series). Instead, it's rather upbeat, despite the fact that the world has been destroyed by a burger.
Columbus finds the older sister, Wichita, to be rather attractive. Mind you, it's not like there's a lot of choice nowadays, and he admits early on in the film that his experience with girls is rather limited (and, in fact, his biggest interaction to date did not end well). So, the film is largely about the relationships between this unlikely group of characters who are all trying to survive in a zombie wasteland, and who along the way become friends. The interactions do make the film. Not all of Columbus's rules for survival are actually mentioned, but see how many you can catch. There is also a post credit scene, although it looks like it was probably an outtake, to watch out for. Zombieland is a funny, if gory, venture into the zombie genre.