By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Zombieland is what might happen if Sam Raimi did a zombie movie. It’s all about cinema. There’s no effort to make it reality, nor should there be. It’s all about knowing movies and one upping them.
You get to see the apocalypse hit major recognizable locations like D.C. and L.A. There’s some beautiful wreckage on the roads and probably the best boob joke ever. Certainly the best zombie boob joke ever.
The opening setup of rules and practical survival matters is perfect filmmaking. It’s like the opening of Watchmen for zombie movies. It’s not politically correct, but survival never is. It’s about the realities of staying alive. Showing the rules in the scenes where they apply is phenomenal, and their text animation is just adorable.
It’s not just about zombie movies either. They tackle narration chronicles, road trips, nostalgia movies and more. This is really how you play in the apocalypse.
The finale is the theme park action movie I’ve always wanted. It’s what I wanted Beverly Hills Cop III to be. It’s what Matterhorn would have been. They use all the rides and it’s awesome.
It slows down a little for some plot and character, dammit. There are only sporadic zombie encounters as we find out about motivations and relationships. There are some actual sweet moments in all this nonsense, but when it gets going, it’s epic. I wish the whole movie could have been ramped up like that, but maybe Zombieland 2 will go all the way.