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Zombieland: Double Tap


Zombieland: Double Tap -- a Review by Guy S. Malone, Researcher

If you don't have to be told what "double tap" means, you're probably going to like this sequel to the 2009 cult hit, and that's because you probably saw the original.  If you haven't seen the first film, it's not a big deal; there's a half-a$$ed explanation to catch you up.  But still, you know, if you want the full experience see the first one.  The original gang is back, their egos intact, even after a decade of achievement--Emma Stone has won an Oscar and is content to hang in the background, as Wichita (yes, every character is still named after a US town), playing behind the two male leads, Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), the love interest, and Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), the leader of the band and involuntary father figure.  Abigail Breslin (Little Rock), as Wichita's sister, rounds out the group of Oscar-nominees who decided to have a blast crushing Zombie skulls.

Just like the first edition, there's a lot of self-awareness but not much plot.  The gang has discovered, for example, that zombies fall into several categories, ranging from humorous (called "Homers") to horrifying ("Ninjas").  The film is nominally about family, the conflict between the natural need to assert independence and the security of having a family--even one that's not related by blood.  But don't expect schmaltz.  Serious, touching moments never last long amidst gags flung by the armful to see what sticks and zombie brains splattered by the skullful to, erm, see what sticks.  New to the fun are Rosario Dawson as Nevada, a badass so badass that even Tallahassee is impressed; Luke Wilson (Albuquerque) and Thomas Middleditch (Flagstaff) as eerily familiar zanies, and Avan Jogia (Berkeley) with whom Little Rock becomes smitten.  But the revelation is Zoey Deutch (Madison).  She plays the dumb blonde, but her take is so energetic and delightful that she transcends stereotype and steals every scene in which she appears.  She is central to the best bit in the film when she comes up with the idea for a Lyft/Uber invention that is scoffed at by her more intelligent fellow travelers.

Ruben Fleischer returns as director, and Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman: 1984) joins Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, co-writers of the Deadpool films to pen Zombieland: Double Tap.  All knew they weren't going for Gone With the Wind, but then neither were FilmZ, Captain HE, and I.  We were looking for the product of a bunch of good actors having fun together.  Mission accomplished.
7.5 out of 10

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