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Movie Review: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings new life to an undead world

October 25, 2019 by Kayla Houp


It’s been 10 years since audiences first caught a glimpse of Zombieland, a post-apocalyptic world where a mutated virus triggered a zombie epidemic that rendered the United States a barren wasteland of survivors and zombies, and now, audiences have a chance to return.

Set a few years after the events of the first film, “Zombieland: Double Tap” follows the same group of survivors, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and Wichita (Emma Stone) from the first film as they navigate the new world they live in. 

Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and David Callaham, “Zombieland: Double Tap” is the long-awaited sequel to 2009’s “Zombieland” and was released in the United States on Oct. 18.

I really loved the first film, and, as someone who is wary of all sequels, I was very nervous about heading into the second one.

The good news is, I was pleasantly surprised.

“Zombieland: Double Tap” knows what audiences loved from the first film and brought them into the second, like referencing Columbus’ rules for survival that he so diligently keeps track of, or the character dynamics and witticisms.

The film prides itself on not taking itself too seriously — it is still a comedy, after a all — while incorporating the high-action, gory and intense scenes the series, and genre, is known for.

One of the film’s greatest strengths is with its characters and writing. The cast in this one is much larger than the first, with Madison (Zoey Deutch), Berkeley (Avan Jogia), Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch), who are essentially mirrors of Tallahassee and Columbus, and Nevada (Rosario Dawson), joining our merry band of survivors throughout the film.

Whether it be a new character or one of the original cast, every character felt unique in their dialogue, and their interactions with the characters and world around them.

The comedy flowed so well and never felt out of place, mainly due to just how the film presents itself as well as the characters the writers and director built. And though the cast grew, it never felt bogged down or clunky. 

The film is an entertaining addition to a well-done series that keeps audiences engaged with the character’s wit, personalities, and their will to survive. It brings together comedic and serious elements almost seamlessly, drawing the “home is the people you’re with” theme to the forefront, while also encouraging you to find hope where hope feels nigh impossible.

“Zombieland: Double Tap” and its predecessor, are some of the most hopeful zombie movies I’ve ever seen. Whether it be the comedy — awarding “zombie kill of the week” for the more inventive ways of killing off the infected — or the ways the characters bond together, “Zombieland: Double Tap” never ceases to remind you to enjoy the little things, even when the world has crumbled around you.

So, if you’re a fan of the first and want to revisit the characters and world you’ve come to love, I would definitely pay “Zombieland: Double Tap” a visit.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected] com.

 

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