Verdict: Serving up a second helping of the thoroughly entertaining post-apocalyptic road trip.
Back in 2009, the sleeper hit horror-comedy Zombieland treated us to a fun zombie comedy with a group of likable, wisecracking characters played by Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. The film helped catapult Eisenberg’s and Stone’s rising fame and became a fan favorite for its fresh spin on the zombie horror genre. As expected, fans were quick to ask for seconds and, a decade later, Zombieland 2: Double Tap promises to deliver just that.
What’s Zombieland 2: Double Tap About:
Ten years after we last saw them, the post-apocalyptic family of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have set up home in the White House. Columbus and Wichita are still going strong as a couple while Tallahassee has become a sort of father figure to Little Rock who is now all grown up and looking to find friends her own age. However, it isn’t just the gang that’s evolved. They are also new forms of zombies who they’ve classified as Homers (dumb and unthreatening), Hawkings (smart and strategic), and Ninjas (stealthy and deadly). A new adventure begins when, in true Wichita and Little Rock style, the sisters decide to pack up and leave. That’s when Little Rock meets Berkley (Avan Jogia), a pacifist hippie, and Columbus rebounds with the ditzy Madison (Zoey Deutch). But when the group is quickly made aware of a new harder-to-kill strain of zombie named T-800 (after The Terminator), they set out to rescue weapon-free Little Rock.
Zombieland 2: Double Tap caters to the fans which can be expected from the sequel to a much-loved film like Zombieland. It’s packed with even more of the original film’s witty remarks, recognizable references, and self-aware gags. With director Ruben Fleischer and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese returning to the crew, we’re reunited with the unique style and perspective that won us over the first time. What’s more, there’s also plenty of gratuitous zombie massacring to keep you entertained.
Another charming bit that makes this worth a watch is the undeniable chemistry that Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin have. With all four leads now being Oscar nominees and Stone also having taken home the award, they’ve surely come a long way since the first film which makes their reunion that much more pleasing. The new additions to the ensemble are also quite a treat with Zoey Deutch as the stereotypically hilarious ditzy blonde and Rosario Dawson as the badass survivor who becomes the MVP.
All in all, everything we loved from the first film remains in Zombieland 2: Double Tap – the smart humor, the compatible cast, and plenty of zombie slaughter.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Zombieland 2: Double Tap doesn’t try to take a new approach at what made Zombieland such a fan favorite but instead gives us more of the same. That doesn’t mean it’s any less entertaining because instead of burying the fun of the original, it brings the zombie comedy back to life.
Why You Should Watch:
Just like the original, Zombieland 2: Double Tap is pure fun packed with witty humor and gory thrills. Watch it as the perfect Halloween season treat!
P.S. Stay back for the mid-credits scene that brings back the most memorable bit from the first film.