Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

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Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family
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Zombieland was so thoroughly watchable and entertaining, that when this sequel was announced, I was overcome with trepidation.  Would it live up to the original?  Was it too long since the original?  Are we currently over saturated with zombie pop culture…?

The answer lies somewhere in the middle.  Yes, currently zombie film and television is experiencing a bit of over saturation, but the gap between the original and this sequel works, and actually helps it to live up to the first outing.  Although it’s largely an unnecessary sequel – the first was perfect as it was – it is kinda great to check in on our old friends in real time.

The original cast returns, and they are all wonderful in these roles.  Joining Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin this time around are Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch in supporting roles.

The fourth wall breaking style is continued on from the original, and the fact that Zombieland: Double Tap is very self aware of what it is, and never takes its self too seriously is it’s greatest strength.  It’s almost a satire of the genre, but stops short just enough to become a really cool zombie film.

It’s not the outright classic that the first film is, but as far as sequels go, it’s a worthy entry.  Full of irreverent humour, and little tongue in cheek nods to the viewer, plus a good helping of heart, Double Tap is thoroughly enjoyable.

7/10

Rick Trewin.

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