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Doug & The Movies: "Zombieland"

Doug & The Movies: "Zombieland"



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Blood-thirsty zombies are back on the big screen this weekend in "Zombieland." This time around, a virus has hit the world and human survivors are few and far between. But is battling the undead hilarious or just deadly boring?

Rule No. 1 for surviving in "Zombieland?" Cardio. You've gotta be in shape so you can outrun this new generation of zombies that are much faster than those I grew up with.

Jessie Eisenberg is quite wonderful as our neurotic young hero who eventually meets up with Tallahassee, played by Woody Harrelson. Tallahassee, a self described hard-to-get-along-with loner, reluctantly teams with Columbus and they begin a cross country odyssey that in no small way is a quest for Twinkies. The boys roll into a grocery store looking for the spongy treat.

In the storage room of the store, our heroes encounter Wichita and Little Rock, played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Well, the boys have survived everything else-- can they survive this?

I don't want to give away too much because this film is simply too much fun, and much of that fun comes from the unexpected. Suffice it to say there's a ton of peril and loads of quirkiness. I was a little concerned by the opening scenes which are really bloody and gory, but that mellows a bit and we really do get a plot. We get great dialogue and get great characters.

I have to admit, "Zombieland" is a guilty pleasure and, trust me, it's rated R for a reason. This might not be the film to take grandma to.

I'm giving it 3 1/2 stars.

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Doug Wright

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