‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ worth the 11 year wait


Isabella Johnsen

As the movie begins, I can barely contain 11 years of excitement for “Zombieland: Double Tap.”


11 years and one month. That’s the long, hard wait “Zombieland” fans had to endure for the continuation of the series to finally come out. “Zombieland: Double Tap” came out Oct. 18, 2019, and to say that my dad and I were pumped is an understatement.

“Zombieland” focuses on the storyline of four people during the zombie apocalypse: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). They create a list of rules in order to ensure their survival and not get eaten. It’s a comical story that follows storylines of betrayal, love and action-packed adventure. 

Walking into the theater to see “Zombieland: Double Tap” my senses were overwhelmed with the smell of warm butter popcorn and the buzz of loud video games. I could barely stand still I was so excited. Once we purchased our tickets and snacks, spending almost $40, we made our way to the first theater on our left. 

Upon entering the almost empty theater I was shocked, but that just meant better seats for my dad and me. We sat front row putting our feet up on the metal bar and indulged in movie trailers and popcorn awaiting our film. As our bodies sunk into the seats and the lights began to dim we knew what was coming — “Zombieland.” 

Throughout the entire film, my dad and I were engulfed in the storyline and direction they decided to take this new film. They added two new “dumb” characters, Madison (Zoey Deutch) and Berkeley (Avan Jogia), for comical aspect and it worked really really well. They also brought back patterns from the previous film, like Wichita and Little Rock randomly leaving Tallahassee and Columbus, which caused Columbus to be distressed. 


They also shed more light on the love storyline between Wichita and Columbus by having Columbus propose to her. By doing so it made Witchita’s leaving more dramatic because Columbus was distraught that he may never see her again. Yet even though the love of his life left that didn’t stop him from dating one of the new characters Madison. 

Also during the film, you got to see how Tallahassee started to try and become a father figure for Little Rock, which caused her to run away with Wichita because she felt closed in. When running away, Wichita finally meets someone her age, Berekley, and leaves Wichita to be with him and his hippie lifestyle of peace signs and music. They run away to Babylon, which is a tall urban building where all hippies have been residing during the apocalypse. 

Witchita then goes back to Columbus and Tallahassee for help only to find that Columbus has attempted to move on. They embark on a journey to find Little Rock, yet they end up finding a love interest for Tallahassee, Nevada (Rosario Dawson), in Graceland. They leave Graceland leaving the love interest behind to look for Little Rock. 

They find Little Rock and the Babylon commune where they make them melt their guns and convert to a peaceful lifestyle. When they find Little Rock and realize she is fine, Tallahassee calms down and decides he can finally let her grow up. As Tallahassee leaves to go his own way he sees a whole new wave of evolved zombies hurtling towards unprotected Babylon. 

Tallahassee races back to help his family and the final four have one last battle together without weapons. They try to fight off as many zombies as possible, but things don’t seem to be working out. When all hope seems to be lost Nevada shows up and saves them from what they thought was inevitable death. 

At the end, they have this massive zombie battle where you’re convinced somebody is going to die, yet no one does. Instead, Columbus and Wichita get engaged and finally commit to a relationship. The movie has a really positive ending, and I felt content with the way they decided to portray it. 

Overall, I really loved the movie even though I was insanely skeptical at first. Usually, whenever a good movie comes out and they try to make a second it fails tragically, and everyone hates it. Personally, I thought they very accurately represented the movie’s whole aura of being funny, yet also being serious. 

Whether you go to the movies or fancy watching things illegally, “Zombieland: Double Tap” is a must-see.