5 Best And 5 Worst Things In Zombieland: Double Tap

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Just like with the first one, there are plenty
of things to love about the Zombieland sequel – but there are also a few things that didn’t
work out as well as we might have hoped. From obscene, thrilling action to obnoxious
new characters, let’s sink our teeth into the five best and five worst things about
Zombieland: Double Tap. Best: Madison While it’s great to see the old crew again,
especially after that weird Amazon series, the MVP in Double Tap is quite possibly newcomer
Zoey Deutch’s Madison. She tags along on the group’s quest to find
the missing Little Rock, and the fizzy energy she brings to the group makes every scene
she’s in sparkle with light. “Tiny, big, tiny!” “She is adorable.” About halfway through the film, it appears
that Madison tragically dies. But in a delightful turn of events, she reappears
out of nowhere in the final act – driving, appropriately, a technicolor ice cream truck
– giddy to report that what we all assumed was a zombie virus infection was actually
just a bad nut allergy. It’s a twist that could feel forced and unearned,
but with Madison, somehow, it works. “You’re cute. I like it.” Worst: Berkeley After ten years stuck with her sister, her
sister’s boyfriend, and a rough-around-the-edges wannabe cowboy, the grown-up Little Rock falls
into a state of young rebellion. She’s yearning for contact with people her
own age, preferably of the attractive male variety. She shows just how serious she is when she
takes off with the guitar-playing, weed-smoking Berkeley. “Do I look like the person who would have
weed?” Although Tallahassee’s reaction to the news
is a bit much, we’ve got to agree with him that the guy’s pretty insufferable. Not only does he shrug off Little Rock’s interests,
he also flat-out lies to her, claiming to have composed Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling
Stone” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.” Plus, while his commitment to pacifism is
arguably admirable, roping Little Rock into a more defenseless lifestyle seems reckless
at best, and deadly at worst. “I have nothing against hippies, I just want
to beat the s— out of them.” Best: Rules vs. Commandments The extended, unexplained doppelgänger sequence
in Zombieland: Double Tap is a bit of a mixed bag – and not just because they cast Thomas
Middleditch as the double for Jesse Eisenberg in a world where Michael Cera exists. “They said, ‘Didn’t you know? You’re a poor man’s Jesse Eisenberg.’ I said, ‘what?'” But it’s all worth it for the scene in which
Columbus and Flagstaff realize that they each keep their own list of rules, or in Flagstaff’s
case, “commandments,” for surviving in a zombie-filled world. With manic politeness, the two nerds compare
notes, kicking themselves when the other has a rule they should’ve included, such as Flagstaff’s
first commandment, “Teamwork.” Columbus’ first rule, “cardio,” is in fact
on Flagstaff’s list as well, but not until the mid-20s. While it has little to do with the plot of
the movie, Eisenberg and Middleditch each bring an earnest eagerness to the scene that
makes the rapid-fire recitation of rules, and the exceedingly cordial one-upmanship,
a joy to watch. “He’s so cool.” Worst: Tallahassee’s Blackfoot heritage Early in the movie, Tallahassee decides to
reveal a secret he’s never shared before: somewhere in his family line, he has ties
to the Blackfoot tribe. There’s no real reason that Tallahassee brings
this info up, and it only ever serves as kind of a one-note punchline. While Tallahassee functions as a constant
fountain of crude one-liners, leaning on his supposed ethnic background as joke fodder
feels cheap and exploitative in a way his other zingers don’t. What’s more, Double Tap doesn’t need those
jokes – they’re far from the funniest lines in the film. Best: Tallahassee’s big leap When the heroes find themselves up against
a horde of zombies and have no firearms, they have to get creative. The pacifist Babylon settlement doesn’t have
any guns to speak of, but they do have a very tall tower with a constant party raving on
the rooftop. In a desperate last stand during the final
battle, the group races up the tower’s stairs. Tallahassee brings up the rear, slowing the
pursuing zombies in any way he can, including rolling barrels down the stairs, Donkey Kong
style. At the top, Tallahassee leads the zombies
in a charge, seemingly sacrificing himself in order to guide them all over the edge of
the roof to their permanent ends. But at the last second, he jumps and grabs
onto a dangling hook, and is ultimately pulled to safety. It’s a thrilling scene, and one of Tallahassee’s
most heroic moments. Worst: Babylon We can see the draw of the pacifist community
of Babylon, and why characters like Berkeley, Little Rock, Madison, and even Columbus would
be tempted to stay. But at the same time, there is a zombie apocalypse
going on. It’s aggravating how much the people of Babylon
seem to completely ignore the reality of the world they live in. That they actually melt down weapons they
come across, instead of keeping them locked up in a safe place, just in case, seems ludicrous. When the zombies inevitably arrive, the people
of Babylon still don’t seem to realize there’s a threat, making us wonder how on earth this
place has managed to stand for ten minutes, much less ten years. Best: The zombie battles As with the first Zombieland, one of the most
enjoyable elements of Double Tap is in its brutal showdowns between humans and zombies. The first smackdown, following the core foursome
as they slash a path to the White House, is a great way to reintroduce the film’s main
characters after ten years away. Later, when Flagstaff and Albuquerque become
infected in the Hound Dog Hotel, the frantic fight through the hallways is a thing of beauty. But probably the best battle comes at the
end of the film, culminating in Nevada and the gang crushing dozens of zombies in Albuquerque’s
monster truck, “Big Fat Death.” That Columbus is in the back seat getting
carsick as the scene goes on is just icing on the cake. Worst: Inconsistent T-800 zombies The first time we meet one of Double Tap’s
evolved super-zombies, Columbus dubs it the T-800, a reference to the Terminator movies. There’s a good reason why: Tallahassee is
forced to go far beyond the double tap in order to put the first T-800 down, unloading
nine bullets into its undead body and then crushing its skull under his boot before it
finally stops trying to eat him. “Oh god, those are T-800s. Or at the very least T-700s.” Later in the film, the T-800s have suddenly
become much easier to kill, with characters easily taking out T-800s with a single blow
from a shovel. If Double Tap was dead set on introducing
a new strain of super-zombies, it would’ve been nice for them to stay consistent, and
maybe effect the story a little more than they end up doing. Best: Bill Murray One of the best parts of the original Zombieland
is Ghostbusters actor Bill Murray’s extended cameo as a version of himself, disguised as
a zombie to survive the apocalypse with the power of acting. Unfortunately, Columbus doesn’t realize that
Murray is only pretending, and shoots the actor dead in his Hollywood mansion. In Double Tap, we find out that mistakenly
killing a human that you thought was a zombie has come to be known as “Murraying.” “I’m sorry, he just gets me. But it still is sad.” Since Columbus killed Bill Murray in the first
movie, we hadn’t held out a lot of hope of seeing him again in the sequel. But the actor does pop up – twice! – during
the end credits. Both scenes take place during the 2009 press
junket for the thankfully fictional Garfield 3, which it turns out coincided with the beginning
of the zombie virus outbreak. The first person to be affected is Today show
host Al Roker, who begins vomiting and becoming aggressive. When more zombies emerge, Murray takes matters
into his own hands, taking them out one after another using nothing but a metal folding
chair. Worst: Logic We’re willing to suspend a lot of disbelief
for the Zombieland movies, but in a film that’s supposed to be set a decade into the apocalypse,
there are a few things that are a little hard to swallow. Like really? The electricity’s still on? In the first film, most of our issues could
be handwaved away because of the time period – the zombie apocalypse had only been going
on for a short time, so of course the characters would have a relatively easy time finding
food, clothing, fuel, clean water, and other resources. After ten years, though, some things should
be a little harder to come by. We’re not asking for the gritty grimness of
The Walking Dead – a series which is “totally unrealistic,” according to Columbus – but
at least a little acknowledgement that the world has actually collapsed by now would’ve
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71 thoughts on “5 Best And 5 Worst Things In Zombieland: Double Tap

  1. The worst thing is that they could have given us this movie like two years after the first one. But they waited a decade?

  2. This movie was so funny, its so amazing that they've been able to keep the same energy as the first film 10 years later.

  3. Yeah I kept thinking of The Walking Dead and how they survived all this time and this one pretty much easier. If only it took place only after a year or two, guess it's not possible because Abigail has grown so much. But then again you can't take this movie seriously and I absolutely enjoyed it.

  4. Ok the whole the Blackfoot thing wasn’t really that racist it’s not like he claimed he was completely Indian. It was kinda pointless to the story, but I wouldn’t say it was offensive.

  5. Just saw the movie and it was a solid sequel. Liked the video too, except on two points I am confused. So you thought the Blackfoot Heritage was bad, but the Big Leap was good? But the Big Leap was him herding the zombies off the building just like his Blackfoot ancestors herded the buffalo of the cliff (according to his story). So did you miss the joke? Or are you just virtue signalling at his "cultural appropriation?"

  6. Twinkies were never brought up so I was confused on what movie I was watching, think it was a Zombieland sequel but it’s been ten years, they wouldn’t make another one😂😂

  7. Tallahassee's blackfoot heritage does serve a purpose! His whole story is about how native American hunters would lure buffaloes off of a cliff…and that's exactly what he did in "Tallahassee's big leap"

  8. They explained that the cities that were still with running electricity had a dam. With 90% of humanity dead, as was said in the first movie, supplies would last a lot longer too.
    I only wish there were more Ninja zombies, with all the parkour and real ninja masters out there.

  9. Just got back from seeing the sequel which I really enjoyed. It pays big time fan service which I always find friggin awesome. It's a continuance from the 1st movie which is more of the same fun zombie killin with the same awesome main cast and some new enjoyable characters.

    Definitely go watch Double Tap.

  10. Having electricity and water in an established "town" in a zombie apocalypse is only unfathomable if you've never lived off the grid. For me, having gas is what's unfathomable.

  11. Babylon was a perfect punch to liberals.. oblivious to any danger, and wanna melt down guns without even considering the consequences

  12. The backstory to having native American blood was just a setup for the buffalo drop story they used in the end to kill all the t800s, and they did reference why the power is on 10 years later. Miss much do ya?

  13. I hate how so many reviews of the movie say that you'll enjoy the sequel if you're a fan of the original. Huuuhhh??? What are these people talking about?? I'm a massive fan of the first zombieland and I was so disappointed by the sequel. If anything, fans would dislike it more than other people.

  14. Watching this after the garbage that was "3 From Hell"; a movie that's down there with "Mandy" as absolute putrid garbage barely even being a movie, this was like gasping for fresh air after drowning in paint-drying boredom for hours. I didn't have any of the problems others did with this film, I guess I COULD pick it apart, but lets face it, its been 10 years, I'm grateful this film even existst

  15. Or, this movie could be poking fun at our current culture and its self-destructive nature. Babylon melting all guns down despite the real threat of danger could be poking fun at the Left's desire to ban all guns, which criminals by their very nature wouldn't obey, only the law-abiding. Tallahassee's Blackfoot tribe comment could be a poke at Elizabeth Warren on how she claimed to be part Cherokee, which was a total lie. And I could go on. Or, it could just be my own personal take on it???

  16. 2 things whoever wrote this video didn't acknowledge:
    Tallahassee's heritage isn't just a throwaway joke, he discusses how the people he descended from used to heard cattle off the edge of cliffs to kill them, which is exactly what they do on top of Babylon.
    The power still being on was something that crossed my mind during watching, but it is actually covered in the film. I think Colombus says something along the lines of 'as long as it keeps raining, the dams keep the power on'. With a smaller Population, the demand for power is even smaller, so the total produced just by dams is probably plenty enough to cover the whole country autonomously.

  17. The Blackfoot heritage comes into play for The Big Leap. That was how the Blackfoot tribe hunted buffalo, they would get them to chase them and they would run toward a cliff and turn at the last second.

  18. Are you sure you "watched" this movie? Tallahassee's family heritage, he also explained that the tribe would herd buffalo off the top of a high cliff. You left that part out on how they dealt with all the "T-800" zombies inside Babylon. You just assumed they used it as a "one-note punchline".

  19. The Blackfoot heritage is not a one of, it links the buffalo drive over a cliffto idea to the big leap at the end. Instead of driving buffalo over, he lures the zombies over to their deaths and is therefore a necessary plot point.

  20. Actually, his story about his Blackfoot heritage 3:00 is a perfect set up to the final scene. In his story, he references native American hunters luring buffalo off of a cliff. This is precisely what he does in the final scene to finish off the zombie herd. So the Blackfoot story is, in fact, an important part of Tallahassee's actions leading up to the finale.

  21. I wonder why Krista, Wichitas real name, wasn't mentioned this time?? I guess Little Rock and Columbus are the only two who know cause she trusts them the most I suppose.

  22. Speaking of which, I don’t think we ever saw a Ninja after they were introduced. Also, the leaning tower of Pisa would have been better if it were used to kill hundreds of zombies instead of three.

  23. They explained in the movie Bout the dams giving them power still. Just have to pay attention. They say it when Madison said she was waiting for the power of the freezer to go out n Columbus says as long as it rains or something the dams keep giving them power.

  24. For the first few zombies they got there much faster so that would technically make them much stronger and the later ones were also fairly strong but they did kinda show that going for the head was more effective.

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