Viewed – 25 March 2010 Blu-ray
I like zombie movies. This long running genre of horror never seems to lose its appeal for some reason, and every few years or so goes through a reinvention, be it another George A Romero comeback or an inventive Brit comedy like Shaun Of The Dead … something about these marauding flesh eaters seems infinitely watchable. So here we have another entry in the cannon, this time with more of a comedy flavour as a group of miss matched characters are flung together in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, and at first they seem more interested in getting on each others nerves than worrying about their own survival, and it’s this banter and squabbling that brings the movie to life.
The cast although small are brilliantly picked, with current nerdy actor for higher Jesse Eisenberg (step aside Michael Cera) narrating proceedings effectively, quickly teaming up with gung-ho Texan tough guy Woody Harrelson (who admittedly gets all the best lines, but hey, it’s Woody – and he’s naturally brilliant) – and then we have the two female siblings; the gorgeously foxy Emma Stone (basically living Lindsey Lohan’s career for her) and plucky 12 year old Abigail Breslin. Together they make for a very watchable and above all else likable bunch of anti-heroes, who take on the zombie horde with hilarious results. With a razor-sharp script with some very quotable dialogue (see if you can guess all the movie references), a memorable cameo from Bill Murray as himself, and some quality zombie slaying action, this is every bit the Saturday night pop corn crowd pleaser it was designed to be, and ok it’s a touch low-budget, which restricts the zombie kills really delivering … but none of that matters when the movie is so much fun!
Verdict: 4 /5