Zombieland: Double Tap – Film Review
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Dave Callaham (screenplay), Rhett Reese (screenplay)
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Murray
The first Zombieland movie is now amazingly ten years old! How the years go by. The producers involved have decided to go back to the well one more time and release this horror/ comedy in the run up to Halloween. They’ve got the old team back together, with Wichita (Emma Stone), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) all part of the action once more. Director Ruben Fleischer also returns to the fold, but there are a new team of writers in the form of Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Godzilla), Rhett Reese (Deadpool) and Paul Wernick (Deadpool). So, expect this one to be a bit more like Deadpool, I guess!
So what has happened since our last trip to Zombieland? Basically nothing, but they have moved house and it is quite an impressive household, as they’ve taken over the White House as their base of operations. The opening scene shows the four main characters killing zombies as they make their way up to the familiar front doors of the president’s former residence! As the world turned into a zombie infested zone in 2009, Obama was still president and Trump was never elected. It seems strange for the zombie apocalypse to be preferable, but it must be lovely to live in a world without Trump!
The film introduces a couple of new characters, including Zoey Deutch as Madison, who is basically a character from Legally Blonde/ Clueless dropped into this harsh world. She has survived the apocalypse by being fast on her feet and spending her days in a walk-in fridge in their local Mall. Another new addition to the cast is Rosario Dawson (Nevada), who is basically the love interest of Harrelson. Even Little Rock gets a new love interest in the form of hippie Berkeley (Avan Jogia). So, expect a lot more coupling to take place in this version!
This film is light-hearted and forgettable. It’s perfectly watchable and the cast do well with a script which is flimsy at best, it just doesn’t have the originality of the first version that made it a cut above average. The main problem is with the writing which fails to develop the world sufficiently. If you’re looking for something fluffy on a Friday evening after work, it will no doubt fill the void but don’t expect too much. And for those wondering, yes, they do manage to squeeze in a Bill Murray appearance. Again, it’s not of the same calibre as the first film but it’s always good to see Bill on screen.