Zombieland 2: Double Tap may not feel as new as the first film but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find it immensely enjoyable as the gang are all really sympathetic and there’s most importantly no shortage of zombie killing carnage.
Plot: Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
Review: I really enjoyed the first Zombieland and thought Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin were a very appealing crew with great chemistry; there were lots of laughs but most importantly plenty of zombie killing action. I admit I am not the biggest zombie move fan but Zombieland was one of the better genre pieces which brought something fresh to a rather stale genre.
The sequel comes a whopping 10 years later and I’m not sure why it took so long as I think a lot of people barely even remember the first movie at this late stage. It may not be s fresh as the first movie but it’s still a whole lot of fun and I laughed my ass off at several points. The group are every bit as amiable as they were 10 years ago with Woody Harrelson once again stealing the show with several choice one-liners.
By now Columbus (Eisenberg) and Wichita (Stone) have been together a long time but when Columbus proposes to her she panics and leaves a note saying she has left with Little Rock (Breslin); Little Rock wants to leave because she is sick of Tallahassee being a lousy father figure and wants to find a guy her age to be with.
So the guys end up going on a road trip to find the girls and bring them home but as you’d expect things don’t go without a hitch. They pick up a rather annoying yet strangely funny mall chick called Madison (Zoey Deutch) and then it’s more of the same with humorous zombie kills, a running joke about a mini van and some gore. The Zombie Kills of the Year provide the biggest laughs and the Italy one was frankly genius and had me howling with laughter.
Double Tap is a difficult movie to hate and it’s very infectious (pardon the pun) where you just enjoy the ride and the banter between the characters.
Thew newest addition to the team is Rosario Dawson who I am a little in love with as she can do badass but sexy with ease and is the perfect foil for Tallahassee. Albuquerque & Flagstaff brought a few laughs but I felt they were the lamest additions and I could have done without them.
There is no shortage of zombie action and it’s never overly gory so if you’ve seen The Walking Dead then this is child’s play and the violence is really just cartoony. There is a nice nod to that show too I might add.
There are references to the first movie and perhaps some of the jokes aren’t as funny as they could be but for the most part Double Tap is a riot. Be sure to stay for the entire end credits as it has one of the best scenes of the movie…
Overall, Zombieland 2: Double Tap has the same charm as the first with a likable bunch of heroes and no shortage of laughs. It has some imaginative kills and fans of the first movie will eat it up.