You can keep your wimpy glittering vampires and bitchy wolf-boys; give me big guns, dead bodies, a banjo bashing and a Woody any day of the week. With impeccable direction by Ruben Fleischer (Fantasy Factory), the zombie romp follows former geek shut-in Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) on his travels to find safety, Ma and Pa Columbus and the ever elusive hot girl through the treacherous United States of Zombieland. In this delicious post-apocalyptic fun ride the infestation of un-dead is caused by none other than our favourite insane bovine infection. Armed with his double-barrel and endless list of survival rules Columbus makes his way cross-country from one public toilet to another until he crosses paths with the mysterious Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a seriously dangerous man with a disturbing fixation for Twinkies. Together they travel and find themselves hustled by a pair of cutesy kick-ass girls Wichita (Emma Stone, The House Bunny) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin, My Sister’s Keeper) with brains that surpass the size and prowess of both men. The four join forces to make their way west to Pacific Playland which is apparently the only place left that isn’t overrun with the un-dead. As expected chaos ensues.
Eisenberg, known for his role in Adventureland opposite Kristen Stewart, is dork-tastic as the bumbling, neurotic and cloistered Columbus. Eisenberg's instinctive feel for the edge-dwelling characters has served him well in this one. As a viewer you pity him for all his phobias and irksome quirks, but in the end you just can’t help but root for the poor bastard. Harrelson was untouchable as the borderline psychotic tough-guy Tallahassee and one can’t help but watch in awe as he creatively dispatches some seriously ravenous zombies.
Overall this is a rollercoaster of a film, you’ll laugh, you’ll scoff and you’ll cry (from more laughter). Seamlessly folded together and backed with a knock-
out soundtrack featuring some classics like the Blue Oyster Cult‘s Don‘t Fear the Reaper and Metallica’s For Whom the Bell Tolls you can’t go wrong with this one. A good ride all the way from start to finish. You just can’t beat that.