With news that there’ll soon be a The Matrix 3 and Bad Boys 3, it seems there’s no statute of limitations on releasing a sequel.
So the people responsible for Zombieland have capitalised by timing their follow-up, Zombieland: Double-tap to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the original film.
Back in 2009, Woody Harrelson was the only member of the core cast of Zombieland with any real clout. Abigail Breslin was just a ten-year-old who’d broken through in Little Miss Sunshine, Jesse Eisenberg was yet to really make a name for himself and Emma Stone was probably best known for her minor role as Jonah Hill’s love interest in Superbad.
How ten years can change things.
Following Zombieland, the cast went on quickly to become household names- in Stone’s case even an Academy award-winner.
The cast, though, wasn’t the only thing that was fresh. Zombieland‘s self-aware blend of comedy and horror with scenes punctuated by bold, popping graphics and quirky character narration, brought to life a story of the undead before the zombie sub-genre of horror became a heavily saturated one.
So could a reprisal of a celebrated, more experienced cast make the same kind of splash in a now well-worn space?
We rejoin Tallahassee (Harrelson), Columbus (Eisenberg), Wichita (Stone) and Little Rock (Breslin) as they destroy every zombie that stands between them and taking up residence in the White House.
The state of their world has changed very little but they’ve been battling zombies long enough now to have identified that they can be categorized as either Homers, Hawkings or Ninjas based on their intellect and rumour has it that a superior Terminator-like zombie is about to make their lives even more difficult.
But the zombies are a mere sub-plot in Zombieland: Double-tap. The film is primarily concerned with exploring the dynamics between the quartet of main characters and how they’ve changed while living in isolation with only each other since we last caught up with them.
Wichita and Columbus are in a rut as she begins to question whether they’d be together at all if not for their situation. Little Rock has come out the other side of puberty but still feels as though she’s treated like a child and even the group’s leader, Tallahassee, is getting itchy feet.
Zombieland: Double-tap leans heavily into the comedy and offers a good serving of gore, but don’t expect any solid scares.
It revives and adds to Columbus’ list of rules for Z-land as well as cutting to notable zombie kills, as it did in the first movie.
The script, from the writers of the original, who also penned the Deadpool films, gets the humour just right but the takeaway message is corny and overdone.
The original cast is expectedly strong but the script let’s them down at times. They’re joined by the likes of Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson and scene-stealing Zoey Deutch
The new talent boosts the humour further and messes with the group dynamics in just the right way.
Zombieland: Double-tap delivers the same spectacular visual effects, laughs, gruesome kills and well-defined characters as its predecessor. So if you saw and enjoyed that, this should be a no-brainer.
SEE IT if…
Woody Harrelson impersonating Elvis Presley sounds like fun
You enjoy watching zombies have their heads blown off
SKIP IT if…
You don’t like horror-comedies
You didn’t enjoy Zombieland
It gets 3.5 stars out of 5
Not your thing?