Zombieland: Double Tap – Seriously, they tapped that keg again

Rating (3 out of 5)

Summary: This is an enjoyable film to watch. In one respect, they didn’t fail in trying to out do the first one. In another, respect “Double Tap” offers nothing new. If you are a fan of the original, they keep with the same humor and it works. If you thought the original wasted your time, don’t even think about paying for “Double Tap”.

Plot: Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) ditch Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) at the White House. Little Rock ends up in a non-violent commune and a new type of Zombie is heading towards them. Will they all live?

Detail: Really how often to you put up with people ditching you? That was the premise in the first movie, and the basic premise again. There isn’t a lot on character development from the prior movie, which is disappointing.

I don’t mind using stereotype characters. However, I thought Madison (Zoey Deutch) was too much the ditz. They went as far as to dress her in an all pink outfit. This felt like a large step down from all of the intelligent tough characters already established.

The introduction of characters that were doppelgängers in Graceland was mildly amusing, but gimmicky. This I think represents most of the movie to me. Little gimmicks, but not a whole thread of a film. The gimmicks are fine. However, 1/2 way through the movie you realize the movie is substantially all gimmicks. The writers had to lean on the gimmicks to stretch the film to be an hour and a half.

All negatives aside, the kills of the week and year continue to entertain. There are also other enjoyable scenes. For example, when the team defends the RV single unit. A good moment which I wish the built on a bit more. Additionally, there is good clip during the credits with Bill Murray which is worth a few minutes longer in your seat. The idea of being “Murrayed” as a saying now in Zombieland was a joke that should have been also used a couple of times more.

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