I am not a fan of movies with horror, zombies, blood, and gore in it. I can almost count all the movies in the aforementioned genre that I saw in the 18 years of my existence. Zombieland is not technically a horror movie, but it still has some of its elements, so I mustered up the courage to see the sequel without watching its predecessor. I only knew 2 things about it before going in:it’s about a group of people living in a post-apocalyptic setting, and there are zombies in it. By the end, that’s what I got—a group of well-characterized people trying to navigate through their lives as they murder a bunch of undead people.
The film takes place 10 years after the end of Zombieland. The four main characters— Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and Wichita (Emma Stone)—return to the big screen to face more challenges and kill more zombies together. The only difference is the actors are now Academy Award nominees and winners.
To its core, Zombieland is an entertaining 100-minute picture with great action sequences. Most of the scenes where the characters are up with the vicious creatures are visually pleasing, and even though I’m not a fan of guts and blood splattering everywhere, the film delivers some solid zombie deaths if I must say.
However, it’s not the flashy action sequences nor the impressive zombie CGI (definitely not, because zombies are not cute) that piqued my interest. The overarching family storyline of the film is very apparent. Though I haven’t seen the first one I can still see the growth the characters went through during their journey together. Because of this, the film felt less like a dry killing-spree film and felt more familiar to my taste.
The chemistry between the original four are great, portraying characters that didn’t feel like they belong in a space created 10 years ago. For me, however, the standout is Zoey Deutch. She was fun and a breath of fresh air against the others who felt more worn out by years of fighting zombies.
The film is not new. Even as someone very apathetic towards the zombie genre in pop culture, I have seen some similar flicks through the years like World War Z, the ever so famous Walking Dead, and South Korea’s Train to Busan. I don’t think Zombieland 2 showcases anything that hasn’t been done before. It’s entertaining but it’s not revolutionary. I guess this is the downside of releasing a sequel of a film shown almost 10 years ago. From what I saw in the general consensus of the audience in the theatre, the flavor of the first movie is still there, but the freshness of Zombieland 2 was more apt almost a decade ago, not now when the mainstream media has been bombarded with movies featuring different variations of computer-generated creatures threatening to eliminate the human race.
I can’t say that this film is better than the first because like I said, I haven’t seen Zombieland. But I think it’s a pretty decent film with great zombie-killing sequences (if that’s what you’re into), great chemistry between characters, and excellent performances from its actors. I can assure that Zombieland 2: Double Tap is not a disappointment to its cult favorite predecessor.