Wickedly funny, plenty of gore

‘Zom­bieland’ proof that zom­bie sub-genre is far from dead

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mo­ron to me – but Zom­bieland is more in­ter­ested in play­ing its four char­ac­ters off each other.

The tart per­for­mances and ex­plo­sively funny di­a­logue are what make the movie; that, and the mat­ter-of-fact­ness with which the he­roes deal with apoca­lypse now.

Zom­bieland finds many out­lets for its sar­donic play­ful­ness. The movie’s high point comes when the he­roes get to Los An­ge­les and en­counter a Beloved Hol­ly­wood Star, play­ing him­self. I beg you, do all you can to avoid know­ing the iden­tity of this man be­fore­hand, and putting your fin­gers in your ears and say­ing “la la la la’’ when friends talk about the movie. The joke, and it’s per­fect, is in the right­ness of this star in this set­ting, and how his long-es­tab­lished at­ti­tude dove­tails so pre­cisely with the film’s.

Sur­pris­ingly, the movie just isn’t very scary. Icky, yes, but we hardly ever feel the four main char­ac­ters are in se­ri­ous jeop­ardy, and if you don’t have that, you don’t have sus­pense.

How­ever, Zom­bieland makes up in laugh­ter what it lacks in screams, and the arch weari­ness with which it looks out at un­dead Amer­ica hides a frisky yet dis­turb­ing mes­sage: We’re closer than we think. – Bos­ton Globe

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