Film #29: Zombieland

Zombieland. What is there to say about Zombieland other than…”One of the all-time Greats in fun Zombie movies.” Every time I watch this film, I enjoy it. Granted, there is a decent amount of foul language, graphic violence, and some sexual references, but what movie isn’t with any. I’m not saying that this is one for the whole family to sit doen and say, “Awww” to. No. This should be seen with some discretion. All of that aside…it will satisfy you in the Zombie category.

Zombieland is Rhett Reese’s take on the apocalyptic hell hold manifested by a zombie outbreak. In this telling, Rhett takes a little different path in explaining how zombies came to be, and actually…it is more believable than some of the other ones.

“Remember mad cow disease? Well mad cow became mad person became mad zombie. It’s a fast acting virus that leaves you with a swollen brain, a raging fever, makes you hateful and violent and leaves you with a really bad case of the munchies.”

Yep, fun stuff. But there isn’t a whole lot of plot left in zombie movies. Usually they are trying to get to some antidote that is swarming with zombies or is protected by the last humans on earth or something ridiculous like that. Zombieland doesn’t go that route. This film is all about following four survivors through a zombie infested country, just trying to find a safe haven. And in all honesty, it’s hilarious, creative, and redeeming at the end. How?!? Well, it ends with this:

“those smart girls, in that big black truck and that big guy in that snakeskin jacket they were the closest to something I had always wanted, but never really had. A family. I trusted them and they trusted me. And even though life will never be simple or innocent again, we had hope, we had each other. And without other people, you might swell be a zombie.”

It’s hard to disagree with that. Zombieland ended on a high note and pointed out something that I find VERY true about life. Life lived without those you love and care about is not a life at all, but an existence…a survival. I don’t want a life like that. I want adventure and excitement, shared with my friends and those whom I love. Check out this film if you like Zombie movies…although, I’m not sure how you haven’t seen this if you do.


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