Movie Review: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

A sequel ten years in the making, Zombieland: Double Tap is a 2019 horror/comedy directed once again by Ruben Fleischer. A decade after the zombie apocalypse, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have taken refuge in the White House. When Wichita and Little Rock leave to find something more, Columbus and Tallahasse come across Madison (Zoey Deutch), and are soon set out on a journey to track Little Rock down. Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch also appear as Nevada, Albuquerque and Flagstaff, respectively.

+ all of the core cast were great, with Zoey Deutch and Emma Stone the clear standouts, to the point I’d be willing to watch a movie of the two of them on some side adventures. This was a strong movie for the females, with both Dawson and Breslin also being particularly enjoyable. That said, the chemistry between Eisenberg and Harrelson is also still very strong, and the two share equal parts comedic and heartwarming moments
+ there were a few laugh-out-loud moments, almost all coming from Deutch’s ditsy Madison. This was significantly more a comedy than a horror movie

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From left: Nevada (Rosario Dawson), Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch), Tallahasse (Woody Harrelson), Albuquerque (Luke Wilson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Wichita (Emma Stone)

– for a horror comedy, there really wasn’t much horror. At no point did I ever think the core cast were in danger, which made for a real lack of tension in every scene
– the introduction of Albuquerque and Flagstaff (Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch, respectively) is treated as a bit of a big deal, which is made somewhat redundant by them being featured so prominently in the trailers. That’s just poor planning on the filmmakers’ parts
– a few would-be interesting plot points or elements of the zombie apocalypse are brought up in the opening moments, but never mentioned again
– despite being over ten minutes longer than the first film, this one felt far too short, with the finale seemingly wrapped up very quickly. One or two more zombie scares or action moments would have not been a bad way to build some tension before the climax

> of the core cast, only Abigail Breslin has really changed all that much since the original film (puberty is a hell of a thing)

Should you see this film: I was a fan of the first film, and I did enjoy this too. It was essentially more of the same, so if you liked the first movie, you’ll like this one just as much, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking in horror or comedy.

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