I was a big fan of Zombieland when it first came out. It was a fun comedic take on zombies not seen since Shaun of the Dead. Zombieland: Double Tap picks up ten years later with Columbus returning as our narrator. Just like the original movie, the plot moves quickly, and the movie catches you up to the last ten years efficiently.
Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock have all set up home in the White House. Fun little presidential facts are sprinkled in throughout the scenes in the White House. Elvis trivia is also sprinkled in, as The King is Tallahassee’s idol. All the Elvis talk eventually leads the team towards Graceland with a new addition, Madison.
Madison’s valley girl personality is a sharp contrast to the often-abrasive Wichita. Wichita and Madison fail the Bechdel test, but their exchanges are funny. Yet another female character, Nevada, joins the fray. Nevada, Rosario Dawson, is a welcome badass addition with a lot of love for Elvis. Her best line may be about pulling a ‘Murray’, a wonderful call back to the original movie. Bill Murray makes a re-appearance during the credits that are worth sticking around for.
Double Tap builds to a predictable final battle, but the stakes never seem high enough as the group’s survival never feels to be in doubt. More tension would have been welcomed to raise the stakes, but the small surprises are very much appreciated.
Zombieland: Double Tap is an enjoyable return to a fun post-apocalyptic world. The new additions to the cast are well thought out. They stick around just long enough and add the right amount of comedy. I was laughing throughout the movie and never checked my watch. If you are a fan of the first movie, you won’t be disappointed with this sequel.