Review: Zombieland Double Tap is kind of average, just like the first one

Released 10 years after the first film, Zombieland: Double Tap will deliver the goods well for fans who loved Zombieland.

If you thought the first film was just an above average film, as I did, the sequel is more of the same. If you hated it, you'll hate this too.

First thing's first: yes, they again use one of Metallica's best songs as the opening credit music, again over ultra-slow motion scenes of splatter and gore.

In the first film it was 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' while in Double Tap it's 'Master of Puppets'. These are my favourite bits from each film.

This example of putting a slightly different spin on what the first film did well is carried across much of the sequel - although this time there's more meta commentary and jokes, even including the line "that's so 2009".

New types of zombies and new human characters are added to Double Tap. The best by far is Madison, a dumb pretty girl who's basically a cross between Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.

But as with most of Zombieland: Double Tap, just as many of the Madison jokes flop as they do hit the mark.

Zombieland: Double Tap review - fans of the first film will love it, despite its mediocrity.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap. Photo credit: Sony Pictures

The bad humour isn't annoyingly bad - it triggers shrugs than cringes. And there are some pretty solid gags, too.

There's some cool action scenes, despite a few glaring examples of bad CGI. Emma Stone, in particular, is fun to watch waste a bunch of the undead as a gun-toting badass.

Big fans of the first Zombieland should definitely get to this sequel ASAP. For everyone else, this is a bit of forgettable fun that could easily wait for a small-screen watch.

Three stars.


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