Zombieland is a car lover’s dream. First, it’s a road movie. But there’s more. The film begins after a virus has infected the world, killing most, turning some into zombies and leaving a few regular folks to fend for themselves against zombies trying to eat them at every turn. Because Zombieland is essentially a planet-sized ghost town where people were literally plucked from their lives in the middle of mundane tasks, cars are strewn everywhere. Many of them are wrecked and beyond repair, but some are in fine working order, and if you can find one that a zombie isn’t living in, it is yours for the taking.
In fact, Harrelson’s character, Tallahassee, finds a perfectly pristine yellow, 2003 Hummer H2 with just one small defect: the original driver’s severed arms are still attached to the steering wheel. But being the industrious zombie killer that he is, he removes the arms, paints a Dale Earnhardt “3″ on the driver’s side door, and makes it his zombie-chasing machine. But the Hummer was not Tallahassee’s first zombiemobile.
His first love was a black, 2003 Cadillac Escalade, also emblazoned with a “3″, and the two were inseparable. Enter two con artist girls, Wichita and Little Rock (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin), and Tallahassee finds himself stranded by the side of the road. Thank God for that Hummer.
Aside from the Hummer and the Escalade’s role in chasing down zombies, smashing them to bits with an open car door at 60 mph, and storing loads of weapons, they function as the two vehicles in which a lot of Wizard of Oz style road-trip bonding takes place. But again, for a car lover in a barren, post-apocalyptic, zombie-riddled word, there are all the crazy car chases and bombastic smash-ups you can hope for, and maybe behind a heap of dead zombies is your dream car.