If you're looking for a getting-from-point-A-to-B zombie romp, this is for you. Plot is basic, gore factor is HIGH and white knuckling is constant. If you are lucky to have an unruly crowd in the theater all 'round, tension ratchets up and it's an even more entertaining 80 minutes through the land of the undead.
(Spoiler Alert: Read at Your Own Risk!)
Young, neurotic Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg who practices in the same acting style as Michael Cera) is on a mission to get to Columbus, OH, to see if his parents might have survived the zombie virus. He's got rules he the lives by and to which he attributes the reason he's still alive well into the zombie crisis (rules provide hilarious overlays during action scenes). When urban cowboy Tallahassee (a first-rate Woody Harrelson) picks up Columbus wandering on the deserted highway, he gives him a lift. Tallahassee has excellent lines. His character is the most fun to watch. He and Columbus make a great duo, that is until they meet Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). The sister team gets big points for kicking ass. When the duos merge to form a fearsome foursome, they get more accomplished, including finding the elusive Twinkie. For a moment, they are the family that Columbus covets, and then, the movie abruptly ends--the foursome driving off into the night onto their next misadventure. Not much more could've happened in this offering (you can bet there will be a sequel), yet you want to see more at risk. The Bill Murray cameo is strangely priceless. When you see this, stay for the end credits and you will get a bit more (unusually, I left before they were done and missed it).
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Run time: 80 minutes