Zombieland sequel fails to stand on its on two feet

October 22, 2019

 

“Zombieland: Double Tap,” directed once again by Ruben Fleischer is a sequel 10 years in the making, coming after the 2009 film Zombieland. 

 

Jessie Eisenberg as Columbus, Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Emma Stone as Wichita and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock returned once more to reprise their roles. 

 

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As of Oct. 20 Zombieland: Doubletop

scores 26.7 Million in the U.S.

 

The lovable and awkward Columbus and his family of misfits have settled down. 


However, they are called back into action when Little Rock takes off with a strange boy.

 

They load up their guns and set off to go find her.

 

The film invokes the same amount of witty, awkward humor and epic zombie kills its predecessor did.

 

Ultimately, it suffers from a much deadlier disease known as, “sequelitis.” 

 

Fleischer did not bring anything new to the table and that really hurt his film. Don’t get me wrong.

 

The film is not a complete train wreck however, it does have more bad than good. 


The positive aspects of the film are the acting, the new talent and the badass visuals.

 

The main cast slips seamlessly back into their roles after 10 years and that is an impressive feat on its own.


They fully commit to their memorably quirky characters and deliver a fun performance.

 

The new recruits composed of Thomas Middleditch, Zoey Dutch, Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson add to the ridiculously entertaining world that Fleischer created.

 

Also, the film maintains the same standard of stunning visuals and gore as the first.

 
The standout and saving grace of this film is Harrelson.  

 

This ridiculous, over the top and deadly zombie slayer with a heart of gold provides much of the films comedic elements.

 

Tallahassee is one of my favorite characters because he keeps the audience invested and wanting more.

 

The films major flaw is that it does not have a story to tell. 

 

There are little to no characterization moments that are poorly done. 
It was frustrating to watch characters make impactful decisions only to watch them go back on them.

 

Part of what made the first “Zombieland” work was the little details that, we as an audience, learned about the characters.


These details made us care about them and root for them to survive.

 
I cared very little about the new journey that the lovable coward Columbus and his tight knit family of misfits found themselves in.


I really wanted to find a reason to stay invested but unfortunately I did not get it. If you are looking for a film that you can sit back and watch without paying too much attention to it, then you will really enjoy this one. 


Again, this is not a terrible film but unfortunately, I cannot recommend you go out and watch it.

 

It was nice revisiting the world and I have to give it 3 out of 5 stars.  
 

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