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USA 2009  Directed by: Ruben Fleischer Script: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick  Produced by: Gavon Polone  Cinematography: Michael Bonvillain  Editing: Peter Amundson & Alan Baumgarten  Music: David Sardy  Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray

There’s hardly anything more entertaining than a good horror comedy, and ZOMBIELAND is about as good as it gets. Planet Earth is ruled by zombies and the last dudes alive are trying to make it to the holy land: a supposedly zombie-free zone, an amusement park on the west coast. Needless to say that this trip is not a vacation and that it takes more than just guts to make it to the destination alive.

ZOMBIELAND is the most original zombie movie in recent memory, simply because it was about time someone disrupted the “new wave” of the genre which hasn’t added much to what Romero et. al. have done decades ago. Not to forget that even Romero himself isn’t going anywhere new.

Not since Peter Jackson’s early films and especially BRAINDEAD (a.k.a. DEAD ALIVE; and yes, we’re still waiting for the complete & uncut release of this masterpiece, ideally on Blu-Ray) have we seen a funnier, wittier and smarter zombie film than ZOMBIELAND, which may be twisting every possible cliché into a comical situation, but at the same time pays homage to the genre instead making fun of it.

ZOMBIELAND, as we see it, is a much more serious and honest zombie movie than many crappy films claiming to be so totally tough and badass. The gore factor alone doesn’t make a sincere zombie movie, you also need to understand and love the genre. In other words: only when you truly master your subject you can transcend it and apply a perspective of your own that does more than just repeat what’s been there before.

It would be pointless to dwell into each and every funny scene or gory moment here; you’ll have to watch these for yourself for maximum impact. ZOMBIELAND is very much driven by situations, not by a storyline, so as mentioned the movie is playing out its comical moments and twists and turns along the way as it doesn’t have to care much about a complex story. What may not work with other films, the recipe is more than right for ZOMBIELAND. One remark though: the movie is definitely worth watching for the hilarious Bill Murray sequence alone.

ZOMBIELAND proves that dedication to the genre is the key. With just 4 ½ characters and a very basic storyline it manages to entertain us with loads of absolutely great ideas and make for one of the most rewarding movie experiences of 2009. It’s all about the details, just like Harrison’s character Tallahassee says at one point: sometimes you have to enjoy the small things in life.