Zombieland: Double Tap
|Zombieland: Double Tap|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ruben Fleischer|
|Produced by||Gavin Polone|
|Narrated by||Jesse Eisenberg|
|Music by||David Sardy|
|Edited by||Dirk Westervelt|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$39.3 million|
Zombieland: Double Tap is a 2019 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and David Callaham. A sequel to Zombieland (2009), it stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone reprising their roles from the first film, alongside new cast members Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, and Luke Wilson.
Talk of a Zombieland sequel began before the release of the first installment, with Reese and Wernick suggesting ideas, and the cast voicing their desire to make a second film. However, the project languished in development hell for several years before finally being confirmed in July 2018. The four main stars and Fleischer all signed on that month, while additional cast members, including Dawson and Wilson, joined in early 2019. Filming took place from January to March 2019.
Zombieland: Double Tap was released in the United States on October 18, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $39 million worldwide.
Plot ***SPOILER ALERT***
Ten years after the events of the first film, in an America overrun by zombies dubbed “Zombieland”, survivors Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock have become experts in identifying and disposing of various zombies. Living in the abandoned White House, Columbus decides to propose to Wichita using the Hope Diamond, while Tallahassee rebuffs Little Rock’s hopes of meeting a boy and starting her own family. The next morning, Tallahassee finds a note from Wichita and Little Rock, who have left due to Little Rock feeling Tallahassee still treats her like a child and Wichita’s fear she is too attached to Columbus.A month later, while exploring a mall, Columbus is startled by Madison, who has survived Zombieland alone since she was 14 inside the freezer of a Pinkberry. Madison quickly annoys Tallahassee, but Columbus invites her back to the White House, where she has sex with him. Returning and discovering Columbus has slept with Madison, Wichita explains that Little Rock has left for Graceland with a pacifist named Berkeley, and informs the group of more agile and durable “super zombies”. Fearing for Little Rock’s safety, the group head toward Graceland in a rundown minivan.
On the road, the group tries to commandeer a luxury RV, but Madison triggers the alarm, and zombies attack them. Annihilating the horde, they encounter a super zombie that takes multiple gunshots to kill, leading Columbus to nickname it the “T-800“. Madison shows signs of “zombification”, forcing Columbus to lead her into the forest to shoot her. Arriving at Graceland, the group finds “the Beast”, Tallahassee’s modified presidential limousine stolen by Little Rock, at an Elvis-themed motel run by Nevada, who reveals Little Rock took another vehicle toward Babylon, a hippie commune. Bonding over their love of Elvis, Nevada and Tallahassee spend the night together.
The group awakens to find the Beast being crushed by a monster truck driven by Albuquerque and Flagstaff, who strongly resemble Tallahassee and Columbus. Super zombies arrive, and Albuquerque explains they have turned back from their journey west due to hordes of super zombies moving east. Facing the super zombies alone, Albuquerque and Flagstaff seemingly triumph but are both bitten. Turning into super zombies, they are killed by the group with Nevada’s help.
Bidding Nevada farewell, Tallahassee is unable to drive Albuquerque’s monster truck; Columbus takes over driving duties in the minivan. The group finds Madison, alive and driving an ice cream truck. Rejoining the group, she explains that her nut allergy caused symptoms similar to zombification when Columbus spared her in the forest. At Babylon, Little Rock and Berkeley learn guns are prohibited and melted down to make peace medallions. The group arrives at Babylon, relenting to the no-guns policy, and find Little Rock. Realizing she is now grown up and no longer needs his protection, Tallahassee leaves, as the hippies celebrate the group’s arrival with fireworks. Tallahassee finds a massive horde of super zombies attracted by the fireworks and returns to warn the group. Left without guns, Tallahassee devises two plans: First, using fireworks to lure the zombies into an enclosed area, and exploding a tank of biodiesel. Second, commune members armed with barricade shields will corral the zombies off of a skyscraper, lured by Tallahassee.
The first plan proves disastrous when the zombie horde is more massive than expected, and the unarmed group is surrounded. Resigned to their fate, they thank each other for their companionship, but Nevada arrives in the monster truck, rescuing the group. The truck flips over, forcing them to journey up the skyscraper as Tallahassee delays the zombies. The survivors use shields to create a single path off the edge of the building. Pursued by the zombies, Tallahassee jumps off the building, catching the hook of a construction crane as the horde falls to their deaths. Two zombies seize Tallahassee’s leg, but Little Rock shoots them with a forgotten pistol given to her earlier by Tallahassee.
With Tallahassee saved and the zombie horde destroyed, Little Rock reconciles with Tallahassee, and Wichita accepts Colombus’ proposal of marriage. Little Rock breaks up with Berkeley, who hooks up with Madison; they stay behind as the group, joined by Nevada, leave Babylon. Columbus remarks that they have finally found their home in each other.
In a mid-credits scene, Bill Murray witnesses the start of the zombie outbreak ten years earlier while promoting a third Garfield film, before partaking in killing multiple zombies. In a post-credits scene, Murray is shown earlier practicing coughing up a hairball as a joke in his interview.
- Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Columbus’ trusted partner.
- Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, a hardened survivor.
- Abigail Breslin as Little Rock, Wichita’s rebellious younger sister.
- Emma Stone as Wichita, a hardened survivor and Columbus’ love interest.
- Rosario Dawson as Nevada, Tallahassee’s love interest.
- Zoey Deutch as Madison, a dumb blonde.
- Avan Jogia as Berkeley, a hippie, whom Little Rock picks up.
- Luke Wilson as Albuquerque, Flagstaff’s partner whose personality mirrors Tallahassee.
- Thomas Middleditch as Flagstaff, Albuquerque’s partner who shares similarities with Columbus.
In addition, Bill Murray reprises his role from the first film as a fictionalized version of himself. Entertainment reporters Al Roker, Grace Randolph, Josh Horowitz and Lili Estefan cameo as fictionalized versions of themselves.
If you liked Zombieland, you’ll want to see Double-Tap. There is no sense in reviewing the flick. You know what is going to happen. This is a typical young love gone awry comedy story, only in Zombieland. Duh. It was worth the cost of the premium ticket. I’ll give it 4 stars, for being fun, funny, and entertaining. – MR