Zombieland: Double Tap

Zombieland: Double Tap ★★★

The sequel to 2009 surprise hit Zombieland may lack the freshness of the original and is definitely a step down in quality but it still makes for a sufficiently amusing & enjoyable ride that's more or less satisfying. Zombieland: Double Tap gets a tad too carried away and appears desperate in its attempt to capture its predecessor's gleeful tone, succeeding only intermittently.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, this follow-up chapter features some interesting bits and introduces a few new faces as well but it doesn't pump any creative juice into the mix that would make it seem like a welcome upgrade. There is not one aspect in this sequel that's better than the first film, plus it travels a rather familiar route with predictable outcomes, thus failing to create new excitements.

As before, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone & Abigail Breslin come to the rescue and save the film from being a total dud. However, only Harrelson is the one this time who seems to be having the most fun around. Amongst the new additions, Zoey Deutch steals the show with her manic energy & riotous input and her madcap character is a breathe of fresh air in an otherwise serviceable entry.

Overall, Zombieland: Double Tap isn't as good as its predecessor but the film still has its own merits. If you liked Zombieland, then it is more likely that you'll come out pleased with this one. While there are times when it overdoes the funny gags to the point of them not being funny anymore, there are also times when the wit is perfectly timed and the sequence is hilarious. Still, given the 10-year gap, more was expected from it.

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