Cribbster kinda covered the crap out of the movie “Zombieland” when it started shooting in our backyard in the winter. We even used our job as a reporter to write stuff that we knew we were only writing so we could put it on our blog. Essentially, we got someone else to pay us to work on our blog. (Kidding. It was a good story to put in the paper.)
Regardless, the trailer for “Zombieland” dropped this week. We must credit Decatur Metro for bringing it to our attention. They beat us on our own turf. Unfortunately, Cribbster is not particularly protective of its turf as this happens frequently. But we don’t give an eff. And we’re cool with Decatur Metro. We steal story ideas from it on the regular.
Moving on, however, “Zombieland” can easily be boiled down: It’s the American version of “Shaun of the Dead.” I mean, there’s really no simpler way to put it. In Hollywood, executives routinely pitch movies by comparing them to two different movies that came before it. (Remember that scene in “Entourage” where Dana Gordon describes insane director Billy Walsh’s sci-fi script “Silo” as “‘Blade Runner’ meets ‘Field of Dreams?’” That’s what I’m talking about.) These sort of comparisons usually only give you a reference point. They don’t tell you everything.
In “Zombieland’s” case, however, calling it the American “Shaun of the Dead” basically tells you everything, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a lot to like about it. It looks pretty funny for one. It’s also shot nicely, and it’s got three actors I really like: Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. (Bill Murray also plays one of the zombies, according to iMDB. I’m not sure how he got in as a zombie, but I would wager $20 that Harrelson wrangled him into it when they were hanging out at The Clermont Lounge in March.)
Regardless, “Zombieland” looks like a decent movie.
Here’s a high-quality version of the trailer courtesy of Apple Trailers.