Film Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

In 2009, with the help of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, director Ruben Fleischer’s first film came out. Zombieland found a healthy balance between its comedy and violence to become a surprise success upon its release.

Since the films release Fleischer has had a mixed bag of success. His following two films, 30 Minutes or Less (2011) and Gangster Squad (2013) weren’t as successful at the box office and after a five year sabbatical came the shockingly successful Venom (2018).

Now, ten years after the release of Zombieland, Fleischer has returned to that world to revisit the characters people fell in love with. But was it worth coming back to spend more time with these four heroes?

The answer isn’t all that interesting as it all depends on the person. For me, it was uneccessary. I was never bored and got some laughs but never really found anything to justify the existence for this movie.

There is no real plot to this film. Not much happens and yet if you have love for this film and these characters you may end up having a great time.

The core four (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) look to be having a lot of fun revisiting these characters, Harrelson especially, and help bring a lot of energy to a film that is at times as lifeless as the zombies in the film when it comes to the plot

New characters bring nothing to film. All feel like they belong in the terrible tv pilot that was made for Amazon prime a few years ago.

As stated before, if you have a lot of love for the original film you will enjoy this film. The movie won’t bring in any new fans and if you want to give it a go I would recommend skipping the cinemas as it would be best watched on a lazy Sunday on whichever streaming service it ends up on.

An unnecessary sequel that has come too late:

★★

Written by Shane Davies