Every once in a while, a movie comes out that is better than it has any right to be. Zombieland was one of those, with a plot that seemed doomed but was ultimately inspired in how it took on the chaos of a zombie apocalypse. Will the same be said of its sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap? Judge for yourself.
The core cast is all back for the film, with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin all reprising their roles. However, the plot in question, of Breslin’s character ditching the group to go off with a boy is…well, it feels weak.
The addition of Zoey Deutch as the ditzy Madison doesn’t seem to be helping much either. The joke of Thomas Middleditch and Luke Wilson as a mirror Eisenberg and Harrelson was funny…for the two seconds the trailer showed us. The only shining light is Rosario Dawson as Nevada, who is not here for anyone’s shit, thank you very much. More cameos are sure to appear, but hopefully they’re saving the best for the actual film.
But in good news, director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were responsible for the first film, so maybe they can recapture that weird, gross spark that made the first one so endearing? One can hope.
Zombieland: Double Tap premieres in theaters on October 18, 2019.