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Review: ‘Zombieland Double Tap’ kept its fans waiting 10 years for more bang and laughs

A decade has passed since the first installment of “Zombieland.” This movie was a cult favorite and very entertaining to watch.

Reprising their roles from the original using their character’s hometown as names Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Jessie Eisenberg as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock. The chemistry between these characters plays well throughout the movie

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The zombie slaying cast is back in their action pack sequel. Photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Since the cast has grown in popularity over the years Sony had to increase their budget for this blockbuster. The budget for “Zombieland Double Tap” was 48 million. The sequel cost 25 million dollars more to produce compared to the original. The movie has grossed 32 million dollars worldwide and was in third place for its opening weekend.

Ruben Fleischer returned to direct the zombie killing sequel. He is best known for directing films such as “Venom,” “Gangster Squad” and “30 Minutes or Less.”

New characters are introduced in “Zombieland Double Tap” played by Zoey Deutch, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch and Luke Wilson. Deutch played Madison a stereotypical dumb blonde who steals the show in some of the scenes. Her airhead antics and funny comments brings a comedic delight to this dark comedy.

What stood out was the violence and snarky remarks. The zombie slayers had evolved into more efficient killers in this post-apocalyptic world. The sarcasm was sharp and amusing making the over-the-top action surprisingly funny and entertaining.

Although it being a sequel the movie does not do much to differentiate itself from the original. Both share similar premises with a lot of zombie violence, witty dialogue, blood and gore.

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg fight off zombies in front of the White House Photo credit: IMDB

The movie does not take itself to serious with the characters always managing to cheat death too many times. There were moments being surrounded by numerous of zombies and miraculously managed to survive.

The pacing of the movie was fast. The characters were always moving right along. They would get into a battle with a horde of zombies and easily annihilate them. This elite zombie killing team would systemically and resourcefully finishing off their enemies with, fire arms, knives, bats, gasoline, throwing their adversaries out of building and running them over with their vehicles.

The romantic encounters these characters had with each other were quickly executed. Knowing their life can end within minutes the characters did not beat around the bush and immediately sought out romantic feelings towards each other.

This film is a great watch to get ready for Halloween and fans of the original will enjoy seeing their favorite zombie killing squad back on the big screen.