Not so with Zombieland,
whose opening shot frames an inverted U.S. Capitol before a bloodthirsty
revenant engulfs the screen seconds later, vomiting blood and chunks of flesh.
This is no longer America, our narrator and protagonist (Jesse Eisenberg)
informs us. This is Zombieland.
First-time director Ruben Fleischer eagerly flips genre conventions; there’s no
piercing social commentary cached in the narrative or Michael Bonvillain’s (Cloverfield) slick cinematography. Equal parts gorefest and
buddy-comedy, the film’s deadpan tone is doubly clear when Metallica’s “For
Whom the Bell Tolls” thunders over the opening credits.