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With a powerhouse cast and an anaemic script, this violent revenge thriller never quite gets off the ground. It's watchable for the character detail, but resolutely refuses to make any logical sense as it charges through its corny plot. Fortunately the slick filmmaking and charismatic acting hold our attention, adding a hint of sophistication to the bluntly brutal story.

It's set in the Louisiana bayou, where former undercover agent Phil (Statham) is trying to have a quiet life with his young daughter (Vidovic). But the locals are wary of outsiders, and a schoolyard confrontation escalates into a feud between Phil and a resentful woman (Bosworth) who calls her gangster brother Gator (Franco) for help in getting even. Gator quickly discovers Phil's past, then enlists his trashy pal Sheryl (Ryder) to contact Phil's old enemies. But as these ruthless thugs descend on the bayou, they fail to take into consideration the fact that Phil has nearly super-human fighting skills.

There's plenty of possibility in this rather tired premise, but Stallone's boneheaded script never bothers to make things believable, skipping over key details and indulging in trite coincidences. Fleder manages to obscure this with his fluid, pacey direction, and the cast is unusually good for such a simplistic thriller. The charismatic Statham doesn't stretch himself much, occasionally attempting a bit of real acting in the father-daughter scenes (his romance with LeFevre's teacher is never developed). Bosworth and Ryder add some unpredictable edges to their stereotypical roles. And it's Franco who steals the film as an unusually thoughtful redneck thug. Although his moral quandary doesn't put off any of the nastiness.

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Amazing Studios Confirms Zombieland Pilot: Can It Match The Movie?

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The much-loved film Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, is to receive its own pilot, with Amazon Studios pushing ahead plans to bulk up its online player profile. The pilot will be one of 12 pilots made available on the player for free, with their subsequent levels of popularity helping to decide which of them will then be made into a full-length TV season to air on Prime Instant Video.

“Zombieland is a fan favorite, and we can’t wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format,” said Amazon Studios director Roy Price in a statement reported by The Hollywood Reporter today (March 25, 2013). “We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like ;Downton Abbey, Under the Dome and Justified, and we think adding original shows to that lineup is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers.”

Paul Wernick is among the writers of the show, and he commented “Zombieland will strive to break the rules: action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half-hour format. This is not your average show, but Amazon is not your average network." Kirk Ward (from The Island) has been cast as Tallahassee, while Maiara Walsh (DesperateHousewives), Tyler Ross (Milkshake) and Izabela Vidovic will play Wichita, Columbus and Little Rock, respectively.

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