Zombieland: Double-tap

Elizabeth Reader, Staff Writer

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Ruben Fleischer has done it yet again with a humorous, but horror-based film. After the 2009 hit film earning over $100 million in the box office, everyone wanted more. Fans all over the world have been waiting for a sequel to happen and it was rumored for a couple of years before the release of a Zombieland 2. Nearly a year later the film Zombieland: Double-Tap finally started showing mid-October 2019. 

In this blood-curling film starring Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita, Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock, the gang is back with more zombies to slay. Even though we had missed at least ten years of their “makeshift family” all that was missed was the romantic relationship between the nerdy Columbus and the rebellious Wichita, and the overbearing father figure Tallahassee and the not so little girl Little Rock. Despite the sarcasm and differences each character has, they all work together along the way to get Little Rock who decided to take a different path with a guy, to fight new evolving zombies.

Personally, I enjoyed the R  rated sequel. I think, compared to the first one, the first movies are always better when it comes to a sequel; especially since it’s been 10 years since the first movie came out. In a lot of sequels, I’ve noticed that the movie doesn’t really go well or correlate with the first one and it seems unnecessary for there to be another movie. In this case, this movie seems like it could have been made right after the first movie (of course without the dramatic growth of Little Rock). 

In the first Zombieland, Columbus had included certain things such as: “Zombie kill of the week” and he’d mention a certain rule from his “33 rules of survival”. These concepts made him unique and different compared to the other characters. These quirky things also made the movie interesting and funny at certain points. I enjoyed how they still included the small certain aspects that kept the movie comical and interesting such as the rules of surviving the zombie apocalypse. 

I believe the movie was well put together and everything fit together really nicely. Having the original cast and keeping a lot of the same aspects such as the rules and whatnot made the movie fit in well following the first movie. While having new characters, zombies, and plot, it didn’t feel like it was something thrown together like a spin-off but it feels like a good amount of effort and time was put into it that actually fits and refers to the movie. I definitely recommend this movie if you liked the first Zombieland and movies like these. You definitely won’t be bored through this enjoyable comedy! I give it a 4 out of 5 Twinkies!