Rules, Commandments, and Zombies – OH MY!
From the opening credits director Ruben Fleisher brings us back to what many of us enjoyed ten years ago with “Zombieland” and is now back with “Zombieland: Double Tap,” also referenced as “Rule #2” by Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg). In the same fashion of the first film, I went into this wondering with the passing of time, has more been learned from these undead creatures (there has been), are there different classifications of them (there are), and most importantly, what happens when you have been living with the same three other people for a decade?
With the return of the original cast, we catch up, with what has become a post apocalypse family unit. Columbus, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have actually taken up residence in the White House while hunting the relentless creatures, and while some of them are perfectly content with life, not everyone is sure this is where they want to be. Little Rock and Wichita end up taking off in the middle of the night, and Tallahassee and Columbus wind up meeting Madison (Zoey Deutsch), a blonde bubbly female, at a mall. After about a month, Wichita returns to tell the boys that Little Rock has taken off with a young man named Berkley (Avan Jogia), and off they all go to try and rescue her (and themselves). Along the way, there is Nevada (Rosario Dawson), who runs an Elvis themed motel and is the woman I hope I would be if we do have a Zombie apocalypse, along with Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middledtich), fellow hunters that have a familiar vibe about them.
The first film truly had a winning formula, and it continues here. Seeing the rules pop up and the zombie moments throughout id have a bit of “we’ve seen this before”, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. For the most part, they were moments that were what made the first film have such a strong fan base, but don’t worry, there is also plenty of new to keep the story moving. For fans of the first “Zombieland” as well as “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2” I believe this film will find its place with its moments that made me jump and even more that made me laugh.