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Review: `Zombieland' a Lively Comedy About the Undead Starring Child Star Abigail Breslin

September 29, 2009

After all, there has been no shortage of zombies at the movies in recent years, just as there has been no shortage of vampires. And within that genre, a crop of zombie comedies has arisen, from "Shaun of the Dead" to "Zombie Strippers" to "Dead Snow."

Like "Shaun" before it, though, "Zombieland" mostly finds that tricky balance of the laugh-out-loud funny and the make-you-jump scary, of deadpan laughs and intense energy. It's a total blast even if the story is a bit thin, and it does run out of steam toward the end, but thankfully our trip to "Zombieland" is appropriately quick.

First-time director Ruben Fleischer grabs you from the get-go with stylized visuals — the super slo-mo carnage over the opening titles is gnarly and inspired in its detail — and the script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is hilariously bizarre while still remaining rooted in contemporary reality.