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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ review: New survivors, same charm

Zombieland: Double Tap is full of action, humor, and carnage that will thrill and delight viewers. 

Welcome to today’s installment of 31 Days of Halloween! This is our chance to set the mood for the spookiest and scariest month of the year as we focus our attention on horror and Halloween fun. For the month of October we’ll be talking to creators working in horror and share and recommend various pieces of underappreciated scary media-books, comics, movies, and television-to help keep you terrified and entertained all the way up to Halloween.

It was ten years ago when then college student Columbus met Tallahassee. Bonding through their mutual need for survival and companionship, they met up with Wichita and Little Rock. Despite all their differences, they have managed to forge friendships. Still together and fighting zombies, these four survivors have become a tight knit family that is living through the zombie apocalypse. Ruben Fleischer’s sequel Zombieland: Double Tap is full of action, humor, and carnage that will thrill and delight viewers. 

No longer strangers to each other, the zombie killing family has grown on each other. Columbus is even more committed to Wichita and Tallahassee has become a father to Little Rock. Alas, after ten years together relationships begin to wear and boredom sets in. Little Rock is no longer a child and wants to make friends her own age. Little Rock, feeling rebellious, runs off with the first guy she meets -a hitchhiker named Berkeley. Berkeley, much to Tallahassee’s anger, is a pacifist hippie who takes a non confrontational approach to surviving the zombie apocalypse. 

The film features a fantastic script by Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick. The movie features some truly terrifying zombies, yet remains light and full of heart. There is excellent character development that shows how the characters have grown over the past decade. The bond between the four main characters is never questionable and the characters are endearing and memorable. The plot seems simple enough: find Little Rock and bring her home. However, there are plenty of turns to keep the audience on their toes. 

Zombieland: Double Tap also puts some great zombie battles on display. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, there are some great action scenes that demonstrate the depth and trust of the bond between the main characters. While also highlighting the strength of the relationships, the confrontations are amusing while still including some bloody death scenes. Tallahassee is vying for Kill of the Year, so his kills are creative and extra gross. Despite their adeptness at killing, the human spirit is always present in these characters. 

Woody Harrleson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are known for their exceptional acting skills and they pull off some great performances in this film. The movie also introduces new characters played by Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, and Thomas Middleditch, as eccentric and colorful survivors who are extremely funny. The funniest addition is Zoey Deutch who gives a standout hilarious performance as a girl who lives in a freezer with her designer purse and yoga pants. 

A lot of sequels feel like they arrive too late, but that is not the case with this film. The fast pace will keep audiences engaged and wanting another sequel. Zombieland: Double Tap may not be the intense zombie movie Walking Dead fans crave, but it’s definitely an entertaining watch.  Also, the film does a bit of a call back to the original that fans will truly enjoy. Audiences will appreciate the humor and horror offered up in Zombieland: Double Tap.

Zombieland: Double Tap
Zombieland: Double Tap is full of laughs and major zombie kills.
Excellent writing leads to some excellent character development
Fun action scenes
Great cast additions
Fun cameo appearance
The ending feels a bit too easy

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