What would it take for you to get out of your house once and a while and enjoy the little things life has to offer? A mega worldwide apocalyptic plague that turns everyone into flesh-eating zombies perhaps? I guess that’s one way.
Known only by location, Columbus (yes as in Ohio) played by Jesse Eisenberg, has been able to survive the zombie apocalypse by following a simple list of rules like, “Always wear a seat belt,” and for heaven’s sake, “Beware of bathrooms.” Zombies are sneaky. Columbus, before “the infection” started, was a nerdy shut-in who spent his weeks chomping down pizza, guzzling Code Red Mountain Dew, and playing World of Warcraft. Once everyone started turning into flesh-eating zombies he decided maybe it was time to get out of the house and find out if his parents were still alive.
On the way he meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). Tallahassee has a deep-seated hatred for the zombie kind and delights in shattering their skulls with any manner of blunt instrument. They soon create an unlikely bond, seeing that they are seemingly the two people left on earth that aren’t chewing on the entrails of others.
Zombieland, is a spoof on the zombie genre. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Well, didn’t Shaun of the Dead already travel down that road?” The answer is yes they did, but somehow Zombieland adds its own charm to the zombie-spoof genre. While Shaun of the Dead made more fun of the zombies themselves, and how really they are quite stupid and terribly inept monstrous villains, Zombieland instead decides to poke fun at what it would be like to be in such a frightening situation. The zombies here are actually pretty scary, unlike the ones in Shaun of the Dead who were created as laughable parodies. Here it’s all about how people can find ways to still make life fun even when your in constant threat of having your brains eaten out.