Review: Zombieland Amazon Original Series–pilot

Zombieland is based on the hit movie of the same name, and follows four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home.

The Zombieland pilot comes from the film’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and producer Gavin Polone, so you would expect it to have the same quirky, smarmy humor, and it does. Mostly.

Photofunia Zombie#pjPT3KAhshPWlWW2hA7AngThe show picks up with the same characters from the movie – Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock – played by different actors. This works alright for me, but Zombieland fans – the ones that would French-kiss the movie if they could – may be a bit put off by this. Admittedly, nobody could follow Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee from the movie. It’s was unfair to put Kirk Ward in those very large shoes, but he manages it. He’s just no Woody.

I liked the addition of Detroit – the ex-OnStar lady that directs them to wherever they are trying to go.

The show is funny in the same distasteful, juvenile way as the movie. It’s also smart and witty, but keeps putting a toe over the line of good taste. Mind you, I laughed, and this is a zombie show, after all. If you’re going to have zombies eating bloody guts, why not load up on F-words and vagina jokes (complete with on screen counter), too?

Still, the show doesn’t quite capture the feeling of the movie.  It takes time for a new series to start clicking, so I’m holding out judgment on Zombieland until I see more, and if there is more, I will watch.

Oh yes. I will watch.  I have to see the Zombie Kill of the Week, don’t I?


Zombieland Amazon Original–Trailer


You can watch it here for FREE, on AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO.

At this time, only the 28-minute long pilot is available to watch, but it’s free. Since this is an “Amazon original Series”, you will have to watch it on Amazon Instant Streaming (computer or phone with an Amazon app). I watched it using the Amazon instant video app on Xbox Live, and it looked great in HD.

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