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Zombieland: Double Tap – Homers, Hawkings, And Ninjas

The dysfunctional and bickering Zombie team from 2009 is back at it again kicking ass and slaying zombies. With entertaining dark comedy and fantastic action sequences, anyone can sit back and enjoy this movie for a good time.

Summary

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) is the sequel following the first one-Zombieland-released in 2009.

It’s directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as the main cast, as well as Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson.

Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock continue on their quest battling the living dead as they initially take refuge in the White House.

Eventually, the group find themselves split apart due to endless bickering and arguing with each other.

Little Rock ends up leaving the team and traveling with a pacifist musician to escape the unnecessary complications with her previous companions.

To get her back, the other 3 set their sights to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee in an effort to reconnect their relationships with each other while also watching their backs from newer and deadlier foes that put their quick-thinking skills and fortitude to the test.

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Plot Details & Action

This movie was fun and easy to watch. The director and producers blended together just the right mix between comedy and action.

I particularly found the first act to be a good approach to introducing the newer zombies which have learned from the previous years and mutated into highly adept brain-eaters.

The various types include the Homer, the slow dumb one; The Hawking, resourceful and practical; And the Ninja, elusive and sneaky.

I had a couple of laughs from the homers stumbling around and not knowing what they were doing, and the Hawkings as well trying to outsmart their prey.

I would’ve liked to see more of the ninjas though as they didn’t really get that much screen time.

The story only introduced them once I think in the beginning, and that was about it, which kind of disappointed me a little bit since they could’ve utilized that zombie in more scenes with the main characters to give the movie more of a comedic effect.

One of the best parts for me were the action sequences.

Being a zombie movie fanatic myself, seeing the characters blow up zombie’s heads was thrilling, especially when Tallahassee used his foot in one scene to smash in the head of a T-800, another deadlier zombie type.

Moments and others like that were terrific and entertaining to watch.

I also enjoyed the rock music that went along with the quartet when they were shooting guns-blazing at their unfortunate bullet recipients.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Comical Performances

I think everyone can agree with me on this, the funniest person that made you laugh constantly was Woody Harrelson.

His performance was refreshingly hysterical when interacting with Jesse Eisenberg’s character, Columbus.

Eisenberg also was great in this with the overly neurotic behavior and sarcastic, passive-aggressive tone when reacting to Tallahassee’s overt, flagrant actions.

His eccentric and quirky performance interacting with Harrelson’s bombastic and confrontational one never stopped catching my attention.

There was a minivan motif implemented in the beginning act that would be the main way of transportation for the characters, and I’ll be candid, it was funny as hell to see Harrelson’s reaction every time they had to return to it due to a lack of other cars being available.

Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin were also good with their performances as well as Rosario Dawson.

The only character I didn’t like, and some people will disagree with me on this, was Zoey Deutch’s character Madison.

Personally, I found her to be incredibly insufferable and annoying. I wasn’t really engaged and interested at all when she associated with the main group.

Maybe it’s the fact that she kept overusing the valley girl vocal fry, or that she didn’t really bring anything substantial to the plot.

But for the most part, I didn’t really vibe that well with Deutch’s performance.

Her character for me made her scenes feel monotonous and unoriginal, like she was there only to give the movie a bigger runtime in an attempt to make it longer than it should be.

What would’ve been more effective, in my opinion, was if the characters Albuquerque and Flagstaff, played by Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch, were given more scenes with Tallahassee and Columbus.

That’s way more potential to make the film extremely humorous and entertaining.

It was upsetting unfortunately to see them only for such a short span as watching Tallahassee and Albuquerque butt heads, and Columbus nerding and geeking out with flagstaff with their various rules and commandments could’ve added way more satire for the viewer.

Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures

Final Thoughts

Besides the negative parts that didn’t appeal to me that well, I had no problem staying interested in the crazy action scenes and off-the-wall dialogue.

If I was in a zombie apocalypse, I’d definitely want these 4, especially Tallahassee, watching my rear and covering me.

In the end, I guess that’s what makes this movie fun to watch, not the zombies being killed, but the individuals themselves that are teaming up trying to survive.

When your life is on the line, you’re gonna need people you can rely on to assist you, and what better people than ones that won’t give up on you and are willing to travel extensive miles to make sure no one is left behind.

This Action Comedy portrays those people perfectly.

FP Score – Noteworthy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

P.S. – Make sure to stick around for the mid-credits scene, believe me it’s totally worth it.

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