REVIEW: 'Zombieland' sequel uses the same undead formula

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone reunite in 'Zombieland: Double Tap.'

“Zombieland” makes its return to theaters in its sequel, “Double Tap.” The film follows the same formula the first one does and doesn’t expand on anything new. 

Just like the first one, the main comedy and strengths come from the loveable Tallahassee, played by Woody Harrelson. Also like the first movie, I constantly find myself annoyed by the character Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg.

Because “Zombieland: Double Tap” is similar in many ways to the first, fans of the original movie will be pleased with “Double Tap.” However, if a non-fan goes to see it expecting the creators to have included new elements and expanded upon the world of Zombieland, I think they’d leave the theater very disappointed. 

The biggest difference going into this movie is that there is a newer, more-evolved version of the zombies that are faster, stronger and harder to kill. This difference was not enough to make me feel like there was a point to this sequel.

Despite the shortcomings in the lack of elaboration and expansion from the first movie, they did a really good job of keeping the comedy and filming techniques as impressive as the first one. The movie opens up with all four protagonists deciding to set up home at the White House, which has been overrun by zombies. This creates a very well-filmed scene of them fighting their way through zombies to get to the White House. The use of cinematography in this scene uses slow-motion to show everyone killing zombies in their own ways, making it stand out to me.

The comedy style also retained major similarities to the original. The same trick of words popping up to subtitle certain scenes, such as Columbus’ rules, makes its appearance throughout the movie. One particular scene takes this a step further when two characters show up and meet the main group, and the two new guys are exact copies of Columbus and Tallahassee, even down to the “list of rules.”

When the climax of the movie finally rolled around, certain plot points stuck out as perhaps the worst things to do in a zombie apocalypse. The main group finds a peaceful town that melts every gun that enters so they can make “peace sign necklaces.” Unaware that a horde of zombies is outside their gates and down the road, the town decides to shoot off a bunch of fireworks. While it makes sense that the town’s citizens are ignorant of the outside world, it seems extremely unbelievable that they would not realize the zombies are attracted to light and sound and choose to shoot off fireworks. It is also unbelievable that the main group is able to repel hundreds of zombies without any guns and instead with just a monster truck doing donuts in the middle of a crowd of zombies.

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a movie for fans and nothing more. Someone who was a huge fan of the first movie is going to find this one a huge hit. Anyone else, however, might want to skip this one until they can stream it for free.

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