“Zombieland: Double Tap” is directed by Ruben Fleischer and is the sequel to 2009 original film. With Fleischer back, the original cast also return, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone & Abigail Breslin all return to their respected roles. Newcomers include Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch & Luke Wilson. After the initial 2009 release, Columbia had proposed a sequel however after spending years in development hell and back and forth with the writers and crew, it was confirmed in 2016 that the writers were all in for a sequel. Once the original cast and directed were on board, the project was green in early 2018 and begin production.
Picking up 10 years after the previous film, Tallahassee (Harrelson), Columbus (Eisenberg), Witchta (Stone) & Little Rock (Breslin) find themselves still together and still taking the fight to undead. In the past decade, the zombies have evolved and become much more intelligent and harder to kill. While taking shelter in the White House, Little Rock begins to feel a little complacent growing in to her teenage years and eventually leaves the group upon meeting a new young guy from Berkeley. With the zombies fast on Little Rock’s trail, it’s up to the remaining 3 to band together once again, tread across the country and save her.
This film didn’t have a whole lot riding on it other than the fact it was the sequel to a sleeper hit that came out 10 years ago. Lots of other comedies have followed this same pattern and bombed entirely like Zoolander & Dumb and Dumber. Zombieland 2 is the exception. The original cast was great and the newcomer really held their own. It had its funny bits and cliches but didn’t disappoint. Everything you’d expect from this film, it delivered and all aspects. My only complaint would be the fact since majority of the funny bits, lines and references we saw in the previous film, this one doesn’t have that it’s own originality.
Overall, this was a pretty good action comedy that was firing on all cylinders due to the fact the same cast and crew from the previous film all returned. Even though it had minor setbacks , it didn’t take away anything from the film as a whole. Performances were great, solid story and still maintains the ultra violent yet funny tone of the previous film.