There was no need for a sequel to the original “Zombieland” a whole decade after the fact, but “Double Tap” is nonetheless an enjoyable return to this flippant franchise.
Just don’t go in expecting some grand continuation of the saga.
If you enjoyed the first film back in 2009, chances are very good that you’ll enjoy this new sequel as well. The characters are the same, the apocalyptic setting is the same, and the sense of humor is very much the same. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but surely sequels can be expected to aim a little higher.
Columbus, Tallahassee, Witchita and Little Rock have made their home in the abandoned White House to live out the zombie apocalypse in domestic bliss. But when the youngest among them takes off in a fit of teenage rebellion, the rest of the crew head back out onto the open road to find her and make sure she’s safe.
Zombie shenanigans ensue.
The basic foundation of “Zombieland: Double Tap” remains a lot of fun to watch. These are fun movies with a fun cast and everybody seems to be having fun making the movie. Fun definitely seems to be the order of the day. The humor is silly, the zombie kills are gruesomely wacky and the characters work really well together. It’s an entertaining zombie flick.
But “Double Tap” doesn’t have much depth and it does very little to grow the franchise. None of the characters are really changed and they don’t face much conflict in the film, other than the obvious undead. The only character with any actual growth — Abigail Breslin’s Little Rock, who was a child in the first film and is now a moody, hormonal teenager — is sidelined for most of the film.
Surely the filmmakers could have found some jokes in the idea of going through puberty in the zombie apocalypse.
The story and plot are generally straight forward and none of the new characters add much more than a few gags. There are no greater themes and no deeper message in “Zombieland: Double Tap”. Not that this is a movie that needs those things, but a little more effort would have been nice.
“Zombieland: Double Tap” is the perfect movie to wait for it to come to DVD or the streaming service of your choice. It’s as much fun as the first one, but doesn’t offer anything so new and exciting that you need to see it in theaters.