Zombieland Double Tap: Long-awaited sequel lives up to expectations

Zombieland Double Tap

Zombieland: Double Tap, the sequel to Zombieland, opened in theatres on October. 18, 2019.

Despite concerns about "Zombieland Double Tap" not living up to the original, it surprised and impressed in theatres this fall.

"Zombieland Double Tap" brought the audience back to the post-apocalyptic world, but this time, several years have passed since the zombies first showed up. ZDT is a comedy horror film that was remade 10 years after the original. 

Director Ruben Fleischer’s first feature film was the successful "Zombieland." He had high hopes for the sequel and was excited to get the original cast back together. 

After "Zombieland," Fleischer included some of the cast members in movies he has created as good luck charms. Woody Harrelson had a cameo in "Venom," Emma Stone was featured in "Gangster Squad" and Jesse Eisenberg starred in "30 Minutes or Less."

ZDT brought back the great qualities of the original while also introducing new elements. There are new actors, new jokes, new types of zombies and new locations.  

The one hour and 39-minute film begins with the original four characters, Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock participating in day to day life. They set up new residence in the White House. One day, Wichita and Little Rock leave unexpectedly leaving Columbus and Tallahassee blindsided. The plot starts to thicken as the audience meets new characters like Madison (Zoey Deutch), Berkeley (Avan Jogia), Albuquerque (Like Wilson) and many others. 

Creatively enough, this movie includes the types of zombies found in "Zombieland". The zombies were named based upon their characteristics. For example, “the Homers,” which are the dumb ones, refers to Homer Simpson from the Simpsons. “The Hawking’s,” named after Stephen Hawking, are the more intelligent zombies. “The ninjas” are sneaky and attack out of nowhere. Finally, there is the T-800 which is the newest evolved zombie. It is named after the Terminator because they are a much more dangerous breed of zombie. The references offers a fun fourth wall break.

ZDT lives up to its hype. It will keep the viewer engaged the whole time. There are so many twists throughout the length of the movie; it goes by in a flash.

Also, make sure to stay during the credits for a wonderful surprise.

The film’s soundtrack features pretty much all older songs, which for me was a huge bonus. I knew most of the songs and it made the movie more enjoyable. It has songs such as "Hound Dog" originally by Elvis Presley, but sung in the film by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan and many others. The soundtrack gives the audience enjoyable and easy to listen to music to add to this wonderful music experience. 

This movie has great characters, an engaging plot, it is hilarious, includes great music and will leave viewers upset to leave. 

If you want to continue your “spooky season” or want a good laugh, "Zombieland Double Tap" needs to be what you watch on your next trip to the movies.

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com