Zombieland: Double Tap (Blu-ray) – Movie Review
Follow Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Duration: 99 minutes

Zombieland: Double Tap (Blu-ray) – Movie Review

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Good: New cast members, Decent story
Bad: Didn't need the added gore
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Back in 2009 a new zombie flick hit the theaters, but it was not like any other ‘end of the world’ movie we had seen so far. The movie was comedic gold and also had a high budget, which is quite uncommon for funny zombie movies. We saw a star cast of Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin shine on the silver screen. The movie gained a lot of traction and had a hefty fan base, even many fans that normally don’t watch zombie movies. Nonetheless, the hype died down, and for nearly a decade the one-hit-wonder seemed to be just that, a singular experience. We were quite surprised when we saw trailers showing us a glimpse of the sequel, with the same cast. Even though the movie aired in theaters in 2019, we were quite happy to get our Blu-ray copy in the mail, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The flow is somewhat reminiscent of the first movie, albeit with a happier beginning. The group of the first movie clearly stuck together and they chose to settle down in the White House. Nonetheless, this joyous experience soon ends after Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) asks Wichita (Emma Stone) to marry him. Add the fact that Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) wants to meet people her age, and is also a bit sick of Tallahassee’s (Woody Harrelson) overbearing behavior, the female duo decides to split, very much like they did in the first film. A month passes and Columbus runs into Madison (Zoey Deutch), a gullible blonde, and Columbus decides to have her tag along. A certain romance happens, albeit just for the sake of it, Wichita returns right after the deed. It seems Little Rock has gone with a hippie straggler they picked up on the way, and she is now heading to Graceland. The team, or at least minus Little Rock and having Madison tag along, has to make their way to Graceland as well, to make sure Little Rock is safe.

In this sequel, there is more than enough humor and the acting respects the first movie, but it seems a bit of gore has been added. While a few ‘kill shots’ were clearly visible in the first movie, it seems that the action is now on the foreground during many scenes, making sure you see body parts flying and blood gushing. While things are clearly done in a comedic fashion, it didn’t necessarily need the amped-up gore factor.

As far as acting performances go, Double Tap features the same core for the duration of the film. This means you’ll mostly be seeing Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. New, bigger roles are given to Zoey Deutch, who plays the gullible Madison, and Avan Jogia, who plays the hippie pacifist Berkeley. These last two actors may have played in a few bigger productions over the years, they aren’t all that known (just yet). We were impressed with the cast additions and it added some extra depth to the story that was being told in this sequel.

The Blu-ray version of Zombieland: Double Tap comes with a load of special features. You’ll be able to enjoy extended bloopers and outtakes, there is a snippet about Bill Murray’s appearance, about the Doppelgangers in the film (this will become clear when watching the movie), a portion about the vehicles used in the series, making of featurettes about the Babylon sanctuary, the fight scene and also information about the new cast members. While many of these extras are rather short, they are quite nice to watch and add a lot of value to a physical copy such as this.

Conclusion

Arguably the first Zombieland movie will be better for many viewers, this one is a proper sequel to the series, albeit a clear indication that Hollywood simply wanted to bring yet another series back to the big screen. The movie is entertaining, and does respect the flow of the first film, albeit with a bit more gore and violence than the first part. The new cast members add a new layer to the story, and the overall experience will certainly entice the fans of the first Zombieland.

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