Friday, June 11, 2010

Shaun of the Dead

After watching (and enjoying) Zombieland, I just had to add Shaun of the Dead to my Netflix queue, and it didn't disappoint. The movie follows Shaun, a 29 year old slacker who is just slogging his way through life. After he screws things up with his girlfriend, ticks off his housemate and neglects his mother once again, Shaun decides to get his life in order.  As it happens, on the day of Shaun's big decision, zombies come to life where he lives. 

At first Shaun doesn't even realize what's happened, but he and his best friend finally run into their first zombie in the backyard.  After fighting off some zombies, Shaun and his friend turn on the news and see how widespread the problem really is.  With his new take-charge attitude, Shaun decides to rescue his mom and ex-girlfriend and take them to a safe place - The Winchester, Shaun's favorite pub.  What follows is equal parts hilarity and horror, as the group moves through the city, bumping off shuffling zombies, making their way to the pub.

I won't give away any more of the plot, for those of you who haven't seen it yet.  There is also a pretty funny little twist at the end that I really enjoyed.  I won't make any comparisons to Zombieland other than to say I probably enjoyed them equally, but in different ways.

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