The Dead Are Lively in Zombieland
- Friday, October 02, 2009
The idea of zombies is, of course, at odds with what Christians know about death and the afterlife. Zombieland isn't going to win any awards for theological correctness, nor for family friendliness. However, for an R-rated horror film, it's surprisingly funny, and at times even a little heartwarming—elements missing from the disgusting, depressing torture porn films of recent years, and even from the more moody, atmospheric American remakes of popular Japanese horror films The Grudge and Dark Water. In spirit, it's much closer to spoofs like Shaun of the Dead—amusing and even clever, rather than horrifying and traumatizing.
Zombieland won't change your life, but it also likely won't keep you up at night, haunted by disturbing images. The film is creative, well-acted by its male leads, and even a bit surprising. It won't win any Academy Awards, but at this point, it's one of the year's more entertaining films.
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- Language/Profanity: Various coarse and crass references, as well as an extensive list of curse words, including multiple forms of the f-word, the s-word, and several instances of the Lord's name taken in vain.
- Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: Tallahassee drinks and drives, shares bottle with Columbus, who spits out the liquid while Tallahassee isn't looking; bong hits are shown; wine is consumed.
- Sex/Nudity: Columbus suggests he's a virgin; euphemisms for sex include "went heels to Jesus"; a gas station employee stares at Wichita's backside; masturbation.
- Violence/Crime: Car accidents; gruesome, bloody zombie attacks; man thrown from balcony; female zombie is nude, upper body is shown; lots of gunfire from various weapons; a zombie eats a corpse's innards; a violent event with a yard tool is heard off-screen; suggested suicide never transpires; depiction of "zombie kill of the week"; hands and forearms—and nothing else—are attached to a steering wheel; two women know how to pull off a con; a woman holds a man hostage at gunpoint; destruction of a gift shop; amusement park ride ends badly for zombies; motorcycle is wrecked.
- Marriage/Family: Columbus repeatedly expresses his desire for a stable family.
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