Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Take me to Zombieland

Posted in TV & Film by Jacob Zinn on October 12, 2009

Just like at an amusement park, people are showing up to movie theatres for tickets to Zombieland.

It has the makings of a cult classic: a relatively unknown director and writing staff, a low budget, a fan following and one well-known actor.

There are four main characters, all named after the cities they’re headed to since zombies started taking over. The minimal cast stars Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee) and Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), you’re typical, unlikely zombie-fighting duo.

One’s a socially awkward teenager who’s made it this far by sticking to a list of cautionary rules. The other’s a badass gun-toting murderer of the undead.

There’s no real explanation to the zombie uprising, but questioning it would take the fun out of the entire movie. The film draws audiences in and they accept that zombies are everywhere.

Along the way, they meet two other survivors played by Emma Stone (Wichita) and Abigail Breslin (Little Rock). The rest of the movie involves working together to keep the zombies apart.

The film earned back its $23 million budget within its opening weekend in the U.S. alone and has had a steady box office draw since it’s Oct. 2 release. The writers are hoping to develop a sequel and expand the film into a franchise, but they have a few other projects to finish before that.

Personally, Zombieland is better than Shaun of the Dead, but don’t take my word for it. IMDb users have given it 8.4/10 (making it #139 on their Top 250), compared to Shaun‘s 8.0/10.

Zombieland is like a good rollercoaster–you don’t want to leave when it’s over.

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