The Battle Continues
Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Zombieland: Double Tap, in cinemas in the UK and US now…
Zombieland: Double Tap
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigal Breslin, Zoey Deutsch
Ten years feels like eons in Hollywood time. The first Zombieland, released back in 2009, predated AMC’s The Walking Dead and tapped into a US indie film tradition that included Raimi and Romero. It was a fun, light take on the concept but fast forward ten years and no one has been clamouring for a follow up to it.
Most of the cast have returned and there are new members like Rosario Dawson, who plays love interest Nevada for Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee, airhead Madison (Zoe Deutsch) and Luke Wilson who is Albuquerque. The zombies have become more sophisticated now than they were and Little Rock leaves the group, looking for her sister.
The first film was a breath of fresh air, offering a contrast to the doom and gloom of things like the classic zombie films. Zombieland: Double Tap is okay but basically offers more of the same. Harrelson is always good value but Eisenberg’s homily filled narration with a wry twist does begin to get more than a little bit grating after a while. Dawson is a decent addition to the cast, even though her role is pretty flimsy. There is even a fairly entertaining postscript that features the return of Bill Murray from the first film.
Zombieland: Double Tap is a pleasant enough way to pass 100 minutes but unlike its predecessor, which felt fresh and new, this is just a fairly forgettable sequel.
Zombieland: Double Tap is out now in UK and US cinemas
Here’s the trailer for it too