Scattershot but sharp, this postapocalyptic road comedy gives Shaun of the Dead
a run for its money. Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland
, The Squid and the Whale
) is a neurotic loner whose life hasn’t changed much since a zombie plague ended civilization as we know it; eventually he teams up with an ass-kicking Woody Harrelson and tough-as-nails sisters Emma Stone (Superbad
) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine
) to find a more hospitable terrain. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wring a surprising amount of juice from the familiar premise, and director Ruben Fleischer heaps on the gore without burying their character-based comedy and surprisingly heartfelt moments. This is worth seeing just for the title sequence. R, 87 min.