First of all, I must start with the obvious – this is another zombie movie. It can teach anyone how to be the last man standing of the human kind when the undead attack. The movie is fun, straight to the point and actually something new for the genre. For me it really is worth the money you would give to see it. After all, zombies are bound to die there and who wouldn’t want that?
The film starts with our main character Columbus, played by the charming Jesse Eisenberg, who tells us his own rules to stay alive in this post-apocalyptic world, filled almost entirely with zombies only. These rules include cardio (where the chubby ones go down), Double Tap (you have to be certain that the thing is dead!) and also not to be a hero. Columbus is on the way, through piles of undead people, to the homonym town (Columbus) in Ohio in a pursuit of a family reunion. He plays it by the rules. Always. He is not a hero, does not leave the job incomplete (which means that the zombies always end-up being shot at least twice) and all the time is ready for the run of his life. The rules are all that kept him alive during the time after everyone became a monster.
Rules, however, are meant to be broken… and changed.
After some time Columbus meets with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), who actually has two aims: one is to get to Tallahassee, Florida and the other one is to… find the last Twinkie (a golden sponge cake with creamy filling). Tallahassee is actually very certain in a few things himself – he is better than the zombies and can take them out with any means. It also makes him feel good. Although he is the kind of a guy some would call a “redneck” he has a thing or two to add to the list of rules of Columbus. As for example: enjoy the little things. Yes, a Twinkle is the reason.
This ends up in not the only change Columbus will make. There are girls in the movies – real ones. And they are a lot smarter than the average and, quite often actually, are in control of the situation. Wichita(Emma Stone) and Little Rock(Abigail Breslin) are sisters, on the road to when they meet Columbus and his companion. After this moment everything is history. Because of Wichita our “hero” actually changes one of the main rules of his list: Don’t be a hero… it becomes just “be a hero”.
So, at the end of the day, we have a pretty good comedy, few plot lines (love, family, adventure) and some really fascinating jokes. Our characters are not the usual type for the genre. I actually wanted them to stay alive and win the battle versus the evil monsters! Finally, we have fun and some quite graphical deaths of the zombie-extras.