Now and then you’ll watch a film that is “so bad it’s good” kind of bad, and then there is ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ – just bad. There’s a reason why horror fans watch zombie movies… for the zombies. Duh! But Director Ruben Fleischer and team give them so little screen-space, it’s infuriating.
The film begins with a lowdown on how zombies have now evolved into a few types, including some intelligent enough to unlock smart doors. But after establishing there are these new dangerous flesh-eaters, they are just sort of forgotten for most parts of the film. The plot overview is something like this – guy proposes to his girlfriend, she freaks out and runs off with her sister, but eventually comes back and they patch up. Oh and they meet a few dumb people along the way, and kill a few zombies too.
Look, as horror fans, we don’t expect a lot of story from a film anyway, but at least give us some blood, action and freaking zombies! The script is devoid of any wit, all the jokes are annoying, and the new characters barely worth a second look. There’s pretty much no point discussing the actors, they are all established names anyway and probably signed up for this movie for a quick buck. It feels like there wasn’t even a script and everybody is just doing their own thing.
Sure, there are a few funny jokes in there, the best being “do you know why she is still alive? Because zombies eat brains and she ain’t got any!”. But those high points are too few to make the painfully long film engaging.
Do you know why Zombieland got a sequel? Because horror fans have low standards and we will watch any(thing)! For a film with a decent budget and big names, it’s quite disappointing. It’s a 4/10 from me.
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