Zombieland: Double Tap

Zombieland: Double Tap

Rating: 4.25/5

A solid showing for a much anticipated sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap is great for laughs, gore, and a good time.

The world has been turned into Zombieland for so long now, that the remaining uninfected have adapted their ways of survival, and have started to put the types of zombies into different categories. It is with this knowledge that Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have managed to keep their odd, little makeshift family alive.

As they make their travels across the barren remnants of the United States, they find themselves at the vacant Whitehouse. At first, they feel this could be their new home, especially in Columbus' eyes, but others aren't so content. Little Rock is yearning to find more people her own age, and Wichita is starting to feel the pressures of domestic life. Soon their familial bliss comes to an end when Little Rock runs away, and Tallahassee, Columbus, and Wichita have to venture out into the unknowns of Zombieland to find her.

The first Zombieland is one of my more loved movies, so when I heard that the sequel was finally going to be made, I couldn't wait for it to be officially released. With that being said, I went into the theater with caution, making sure I didn't set my hopes too high, so I wouldn't be overly disappointed if the film ended up not being everything I wanted it to be. Thankfully, I found that I really enjoyed my time watching Double Tap. Could it be because I went in without expecting too much out of it? Perhaps; but it could also be because this sequel did a very good job at sticking to the formula that made the original so great, but adding in enough new material to make it not seem like a complete repeat of its predecessor.

Easily my favorite part of Double Tap was one very creative sequence that occurred roughly half-way through the film. There is a fantastic set of tracking shots where the characters battle it out with members of the living dead, and the ingenuity, fluidity, and energy that comes from that scene is absolutely spectacular. What's so frustrating with scenes like this, is that I rarely catch on to the tracking shots until about a quarter of a way into them, so I continue to watch intently until the cinematic brilliance is over, but then long to go back and watch that section of the film again so I can fully appreciate it in its entirety. I know that this moment in the film isn't one continuous cut, but they do a very impressive job at taking the handful of extended shots and putting them together in a way that made it seem like it was one.

When the first Zombieland came out, the majority of the cast members were fairly new to the film world. Of course Woody Harrelson was incredibly well known, but Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin, not as much. When first seeing the trailer for Double Tap, I found it quite humorous to see a movie of this type have every lead cast member with the words "Academy Award Winner" or "Academy Award Nominee" as part of their name. Even though this movie is far from something that would be nominated for an Oscar, the cast gave it their all and because of that, made it a wonderfully fun and entertaining comedy.

Zombieland: Double Tap has definitely been receiving some mixed reviews, but I personally had a great time going to see it. My amusement by it could be partially connected to the somewhat stressful week I had had prior to seeing it, so watching some comical zombie fighting proved just the ticket to ease my mind. Even so, I think my enjoyment of Double Tap is primarily because it is a well made and humorous contribution to the ever growing zom-com genre.