- 27 Jun - 03 Jul, 2020
Zombieland Double Tap
- 02 Nov - 08 Nov, 2019
Set a few years after the first film, Zombieland: Double Tap brings back director Ruben Fleischer to helm a script by the Deadpool screenwriters. It also reunites all four members of the original cast and adds some new talent (Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, Luke Wilson, and a superlative Zoey Deutch) for a tale about nothing in particular that’s still pretty entertaining.
The story still revolves around Tallahassee (Harrelson), Wichita (Stone), Columbus (Eisenberg), and Little Rock (Breslin), the unlikely group of strangers who became a de facto family in the first film, post-zombie apocalypse. In the years that have elapsed, they’ve made their way to the White House, cleared out the zombies, put up barricades, and have been living in peace and tranquility among the relics of what once was the presidential home. Little Rock, now nearly out of her teens, has a truly daughterly relationship (complete with eye-rolling) with gruff Tallahassee, and Columbus and Wichita co-exist in domestic bliss, sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom.
But after Columbus proposes, Wichita gets spooked, and takes off with Little Rock in search of a new place to live. That sets off a series of adventures that almost gets the whole group killed and brings them into contact with other surviving humans, likely for the first time in ages. Everyone’s just looking for a forever home.
The importance of finding a forever home is the only message or moral that Zombieland: Double Tap seeks to impart. We love a good social horror film, but it’s oddly relaxing, in 2019, to watch a zombie film in which the zombies aren’t metaphors for anything at all. The Zombieland franchise isn’t about the Cold War or the Other or how the real zombies are the humans. They’re just zombies, and they exist solely to be dispatched with speed and creative weaponry.
Zombieland: Double Tap is two hours of occasionally gruesome diversion that didn’t force us to think too hard, with a lot of callbacks to a film, and a time, that we kind of miss. It’s not entirely clear why a Zombieland sequel was necessary, but everyone looks like they’re having fun, and sometimes that’s enough.