Zombieland tells the tale of Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenberg), as the traverses the post-zombie apocalypse United States in order to get back his hometown to see if his family have survived. On the way he meets hardened zombie killer Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson), who is roaming the wastelands desperately searching for his one true love, the Twinkie. During their search they encounter Wichita (played by Emma Stone) and her little sister Little Rock (played by Abigail Breslin), who are just looking to survive.
First-time director Ruben Fleischer (who went on to make the thoroughly underappreciated 30 Minutes or Less) does brilliantly to bring the whole thing to life, with great comic flair. The script is sharp and knowing and the “rules” for surviving the zombie apocalypse are well worth noting down, just in case.
The cast is, as to be expected, excellent. Both Eisenberg and Stone are on top form her and show not only their sizable comic chops, but their ability to bring characters to life, which would bring the former an Oscar nomination for The Social Network the following year and the latter a Golden Globe nomination for Easy A. Yet special mention must go to the often underappreciated Woody Harrelson, whose performance as the strongest, yet most immature of the cast is just a delight. There is also an excellent and unexpected cameo which is the jewel in the comedy crown.