Zombie slayers Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) leave the confines of the White House to travel to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Along the way, they encounter other post-apocalyptic warriors and a group of survivors who find refuge in a commune. The scrappy fighters must now rely on their wits and weapons more than ever as they soon find themselves in a relentless battle against smarter, faster and seemingly indestructible zombies.
Plot: Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Runtime: 99 min
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: Zombieland: Double Tap makes up for a lack of fresh brains with an enjoyable reunion that recaptures the spirit of the original and adds a few fun twists.
“Welcome to Zombieland! Yes, we’re back for seconds.”
Ten years after the events of the first film, Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock have become experts in identifying and killing of various zombies and set up in a new home — the White House. Columbus decides to propose to Wichita using the Hope Diamond, while Tallahassee rejects every idea of Little Rock’s hopes of starting her own family. The next morning Tallahassee finds a note from Wichita and Little Rock who have left. Why? Tallahassee treats Little Rock like a child and Wichita’s fear she’s become too attached to Columbus…
A month later Columbus befriends a ditzy blonde named Madison while exploring a mall. (She survived by hiding inside the freezer of a Pinkberry.) She annoys Tallahassee the highest level, but nevertheless, Columbus invites her back to the White House where they hookup. Shortly after their hookup Wichita returns and explains that Little Rock has left for Graceland with a hippie from Berkeley. On top of that, she informs the group of a new “super zombie” they need to look out for because they are harder to kill. From here the group heads out on the road again toward Graceland in a less than ideal minivan to get her back.
What could go wrong? What and who will they encounter? You’ll need to check out the film to see it for yourself!
In conclusion —
Zombieland… where to begin. I somehow completely missed the boat on the original that released back in 2009. One night it was on TV and I randomly started watch it — by the time the credits rolled I was irritated that I was so late to the party. Later that week I went to the store, picked up a copy of the film and threw it into my Halloween rotation every year. The movie is a ‘timeless-classic’ in all forms — it’s hilarious and extremely enjoyable every time I watch it.
When the trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap released I couldn’t wait to get to theater to check it out. Good news, it holds up as a perfect sequel to the original in all the ways you need it to. You can’t re-create the original, Sony knew that going in — so instead of trying to reimagine the story or the characters, they tweaked it a bit and added some flare to their lives. In all honesty, you could make another Zombieland in a heart-beat with a new avenue to overcome — it’s an endless pit they could explore, but that’s yet to be seen. Marketing wise, this movie made back it’s budget 2.5x which isn’t too amazing, but you can guarantee there will be another bump in cash when this releases on home video. Everyone that loved the original will pick up the sequel. Am I wrong?
Beyond the movie, the bonus features on this disc also include the standard; extended bloopers/outtakes and alternate/extended scenes. That’s just the start, you’ll also in a depth look at The Doppelgängers, the rides of Zombieland, rules of making a zombie film, the new cast members, commentary from the director and a whole lot more. If you’re a fan looking for extra material, this release will give you everything you might be interested in and then some. Two thumbs up!
Taking everything into account, Zombieland: Double Tap gets my recommendation for an easy day-one purchase. Who isn’t a fan of the first movie? You can argue that it’s not “classic” in the way the original was, but it’s damn close in its own way. The 4K UHD edition has the ingredients to be a stunner with the IMAX Enhanced included, so do yourself a favor, grab a copy at your local retailer when it releases on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD Tuesday, January 21st.
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