Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fiction's Finest Nerds #28

It is rare that being the nerd in an action/horror movie is a good thing. It is a good thing for "Columbus" (Jesse Eisenberg) in Zombieland (2009).

How do you survive in a world gone mad with the walking dead? You be smarter than them, and you stay prepared. Columbus, prior to the outbreak, was a bit of a loner, gamer... Well, he was pretty much all nerd. He has Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a Zip-Loc fetish, and a list of rules he always follows. He has a sort of OCD aspect that, while annoying to others, has kept him alive.

He is also a bit naive, but ultimately he is not the only one conned, he just doesn't put up a front about it. Frankly, he is the true survivor in the movie, and will continue to be after all the rest have become Monster Chow.

I finally saw Zombieland last night, and it was a lot of fun. Best new-era zombie movie I have seen in a long time. Better than Shaun of the Dead? Not better. Different.


Shon Richards said...

What I really enjoyed about Zombieland is that it is the rare movie where characters use the knowledge they gained from movies to survive. Columbus is an awesome nerd.

My favorite moment was when the young girl was trying to explain Hannah Montana to the big tough guy. That is zombie survival at its best.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I loved how his rules kept popping up on screen when they were appropriate. A fun movie.

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