Zombieland (2009) is a horror comedy film about zombies that hit quite a bit when it was released in 2009. With four main characters who are unique and have good chemistry, the 88-minute film has earned $ 102 million in worldwide circulation.
After 10 years, the sequel, Zombieland 2: Double Tap, comes with the same ammunition for the director, scriptwriter and actor. This film by director Ruben Fleischer , played by Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and supported by Zoey Deutch, Rosario Dawson, Avan Jogia, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch will air midnight in US before broadcasting regularly on October 23, 2019. .
10 years after surviving the zombie attack, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) , Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) , Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) live in peace, safety and security in the White House aka the White House which is the residence of the president. United States in a world overrun by zombies. Unfortunately, peace actually makes Little Rock, who is in her teenage puberty, tired of wanting to have peers while Tallahassee, who acts like a father to her, feels very overprotective.
Together with Wichita, who has problems with his relationship with Columbus, Little Rock runs away from the white house to have an adventure alone. A month after Wichita's departure, a troubled Columbus meets another survivor, the beautiful but innocent Madison (Zoey Deutch) . The two of them were involved in a burning romance that made Columbus escape from his turmoil.
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Unfortunately, Wichita unexpectedly returned with the bad news that Little Rock ran away with a young hippie (Avan Jogia) leaving Wichita alone. The arrival of Wichita also makes Tallahasse panic about the news about Little Rock. No less panic with Columbus who just got in touch with Madison. Their adventure begins to save Little Rock and save the relationship between Columbus and Wichita.
Handled by the same director and writer from the first film, this sequel also uses almost the same formula. Director Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad, Venom ) once again submitted the script writing to the duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Deadpool 2 ) with the help of Dave Callaham (Godzilla 2104) who doubled everything.
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Character, conflict, chemistry to an enemy that is twice as strong, Zombieland: Double Tap gives twice as much predecessor. The conflict that drives the story is not that big, saving Little Rock becomes the main conflict in the film by breaking down the relationship between Columbus and Wichita as a subplot. Not a big conflict but likable characters have the potential to make viewers care.
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The chemistry between the main character and the additional characters is the most prominent, namely the dynamics of Wichita's relationship with Columbus and the father-son relationship between Tallahassee and Little Rock. The presence of two new characters in the beautiful, stupid and innocent Madison (Zoey Deutch ) and tough Nevada (Rosario Dawson) are very effective in coloring this 99-minute film.
In terms of action and comedy, this film exceeds the first film. At the beginning of the film, the audience has been presented with the slow mo action of our heroes against a horde of zombies in a wheat field with the accompaniment of Metallica 's Master of Puppets . Even this scene repeats its first film using the song From Whom The Bell Tolls which also belongs to Metallica .
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The level of sadness in this film is more, the scenes of zombies being shot in the head, mutilated, run over by wheat mowers, being crushed by buildings until they are stepped on repeatedly appear on the screen, mostly in the context of survival and comedy. No wonder this film is rated 17+ and is uncensored for broadcast in US.
Apart from the differentiation of adding characters, there is something interesting when the film presents characters similar to Columbus and Tallahassee as a fairly fresh comedy part. The classification of zombies from stupid zombies, ordinary zombies and tough zombies called T-800 is also an interesting thing that makes the film feel more varied than just repeating the formula. Their enemies are now tougher and harder to beat.
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Director Ruben Fleischer works on the film in a fun style and doesn't try to be too serious. The entire duration of the film feels smooth flowing with ease, there is almost no tension in the film about the risk of losing the blurred Little Rock. This is a flaw that is most felt in the film.
This deficiency does not necessarily eliminate the maximum work of the crew in it, especially cinematographer Chung Hoon-chung (Handmaiden, Oldboy), who is a regular cinematographer from the famous South Korean director, Chan-wook Park . Editing, artistic styling and soundtracking are also integral parts of the film, but more credit goes to the makeup artists and special effects team who created great zombie makeup and fun zombie killings moments . The 10-year gap is not too obvious from the side of the CGI effect, considering that the film budget is 'only' 42 million dollars, although it is calculated to increase almost twice that of the first film.
From the acting department, all the players acted well, even the newcomer Zoey Deutch (Why Him ?, Set It Up) had appeared to steal the attention of veteran players such as Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) and Oscar-winning actress , Emma Stone ( La La Land , The Favorite), also senior actor Woody Harrelson ( White Men Can't Jump, Hunger Games Trilogy ). Meanwhile, Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, The Call) felt that her portion was reduced due to the need for the story.
Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Unstoppable), Avan Jogia (Shaft) and the brief appearance of Luke Wilson (Idiocracy, Old School) with Thomas Middleditch (The Final Girls, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) were able to give color to their unique characters. Filmmakers seem to understand and seem fair in dividing the character of the players to prevent repetitive characterization.
Apart from the shortcomings of the too relaxed plot to flow, there is one other annoying flaw, namely the climax where the battle against the formidable T-800 zombies turns out to be anticlimax, although it is helped by comedy scenes plus a dramatic surprise at the end of the film. As a side note, don't forget the mid-credit scene which is very funny and is related to the first Zombieland film .
Zombieland: Double Tap comes with a double fun scaling, hilarious double and chemistry that is twice as good as the first film. Although the end is somewhat anticlimax, it doesn't reduce all the fun that is produced in the film. Enjoy a varietyof creative zombie killings , the rules for surviving Columbus's hilarious zombies, the endless whining of Tallahassee's annoying and ridiculous and the innocence of the beautiful new character, Madison, in the film Zombieland: Double Tap which will air midnight in US. , this Saturday 19 October 2019.
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