Movie Review - Zombieland: Double Tap

Movie Review - Zombieland: Double Tap
The original Zombieland came out in 2009—before The Walking Dead (the TV show, at least) was a thing, and a little bit before the public's interest in zombies had been piqued. Over the past ten years, though, zombies have been omnipresent in entertainment, and Zombieland: Double Tap is here to take advantage of that—while also being unquestioningly hilarious.

The original group is back for this installment: Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who's now a teenager who wants to hang out with people her own age; Wichita (Emma Stone), who's questioning her devotion to Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg); and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), their fearless leader. Madison (Zoey Deutch) ends up joining their motley crew, and they end up meeting Nevada (Rosario Dawson) and Berkeley (Avan Jogia) later on in their travels, too.

To say more about the plot would be to spoil it, so I'll let you see the movie for yourself. However, I will say this: the film was equal parts horrifyingly gory, and also hilarious. I remembered the first Zombieland (which at this point, needs a rewatch from me) being funny, but this one was over-the-top, and it was primarily due to standout performances from Harrelson and Eisenberg. Stone and Breslin were also good here, but it's Zoey Deutch who steals the show as the ditzy Madison, whom Columbus first encounters at a Bath and Body Works-esque candles store at the mall.

Yes, definitely see this movie ... unless you can't handle gore, and then by all means, you should probably stay away from it, or at least save it for a Blu-ray/DVD/streaming rental. I was definitely cringing a few times throughout due to all of the gore, but since I used to be a Walking Dead fan, I was used to it ... I just didn't know this movie would be SO gory. The humor balanced out the film nicely, though.

Make sure to stay through the credits, as well, for a special cameo, which you may have already heard about ... a few people at the screening I attended took off when the credits started rolling, so they missed it.

Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters tomorrow, October 17th, and is rated R with a runtime of 109 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

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