Movie Review: Zombieland (2009)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2009 comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

Synopsis: A shy loner is trying to make his way across country to his home state of Ohio during the zombie apocalypse so he can find out whether or not his family is still alive. Along the way, he befriends a gun-happy tough guy and a pair of devious and untrusting sisters that are heading west so they can go to the one place they here no longer has zombies, an abandoned amusement park.


I don’t usually watch a movie because people recommended it to me. But, this was one of the exceptions to that rule a few years ago and, ever since seeing it for the first time, “Zombieland” has been one of my all-time favorite zombie movies.

The thing that has always impressed me about this movie is the way it manages to toy with a person’s emotions. Officially, it is a comedy. And, there’s a good mix of that in it, whether it’s Columbus (Eisenberg) sticking by his long list of rules, Tallahassee (Harrelson) going nuts because he can’t find a Twinkie or Murray (as himself) dressing up as a zombie as a way of surviving the apocalypse only to meet a sudden and ironic end.

But, in between the laughs, there’s also quite a bit of action and drama (especially when we learn the truth about Tallahassee’s dog). That’s very difficult to do without making a film too serious and this movie pulls it off perfectly.

Another thing I really like about this film is the fact it is actually a really good zombie flick. There are times when they are severely outnumbered by the undead and, unlike some other movies, the zombies do have a bit more energy than you would normally expect. These zombies, for example, can climb over fences. And, while it may not seem like much, it did help create some pretty intense situations that looked like they were hopeless. It’s one of the many reasons I’ve seen this movie several times and still enjoy it as much as I did the first time I watched it.


Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he’s scared of just about everything. Gun-t...

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Final Opinion

This is a film I think most people would enjoy whether they normally enjoy films about the zombie apocalypse or not. I was obviously impressed the first time I watched it and it was a movie that got added to my collection almost immediately after seeing it that first time.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 01/04/2017, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/07/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
It's interesting what library systems have and have not. The library system here lists Zombieland among its Blu-ray and DVD collections. It also mentions the sequel, Double Tap.

Would you happen to have seen it? If so, how would you grade and rank it on its own and as the follow-up to Zombieland?

dustytoes on 01/10/2015

I avoided this movie for so long thinking it was just a bunch of blood and gore, but once I watched, it became a favorite! 2nd after Shaun of the Dead.

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