Talk about Walking Dead. In the original “Zombieland” movie, those undead ghouls didn’t shuffle along like senior citizens with arthritis; they ran like banshees … straight into Woody Harrelson’s baseball bat.
This post-apocalyptic horror action zombie comedy starred Woody Harrelson as a gun-toting drifter known as Tallahassee, Jesse Eisenberg as a determined survivor known as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita, Abigail Breslin as Wichita’s kid sister, Little Rock, and Bill Murray as himself.
The premise was that Mad Cow Disease had mutated into Mad People Disease, turning almost everyone into zombies. An unaffected college student (Eisenberg) is trying to get to his hometown of Columbus to check on his parents. Along the way he hooks up with a zombie killer (Harrelson) and two sisters (Breslin and Stone). They head to Pacific Playland amusement park in Los Angeles, an area supposed free from zombies — not! There they invade the mansion of actor Bill Murray, accidentally killing him when they mistake him for a zombie.
Columbus has a list of 33 survival rules: No. 2 is “Double Tap,” a technique of quickly placing two bullets into a target.
That’s the name of the movie’s sequel, “Zombieland: Double Tap.”
It’s been 10 years since the first movie, but all the stars return — adding Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, Avan Jogia and Dan Ackroyd to the mix.
In this Part II, they travel to the Midwest, where they face off against “evolved zombies, fellow survivors and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.”
“Zombieland: Double Tap” is currently waging its battle against the walking (make that running) dead at the AMC Classic Towne Crossing 8, 925 W. Andrew Johnson Highway.
Talks of a ”Zombieland” sequel began before the release of the first installment, even though its $102.3 million worldwide box office (versus a $23.6 million production budget) made that a sure thing.
Columbus is still the narrator and he does have some new rules.
Director Ruben Fleischer (“Venom,” “Gangster Squad”) says, “We really just tried to harness as much as possible the feeling of the original. Which is ultimately about the chemistry of these four people together and how they relate and how funny they all naturally are.”
There’s still plenty of zombie bashing.
“But I think our heroes are a little complacent because the zombies don’t present much of a challenge anymore,” says Fleischer. “They’ve started to categorize them into different groups. There’s ones that they call Homers, who are kind of the dumber zombies. There are the Ninjas, who are a little bit more crafty and they might sneak up on you. And then there’s the Hawkings, who are smarter zombies. Then there’s a new kind of zombie that they haven’t met before called a T-800, a name for the infamous Terminator. These T-800s are much more dangerous, threatening form of zombie. For the first time, I think our heroes feel like they’re in true jeopardy because of this newly evolved form of zombie.”
But this time around, expert zombie killer Tallahassee has a like-partner named Nevada (Rosario Dawson), so don’t worry too much.
Like Tallahassee says, “Nut up or shut up.”
He and Nevada nut up.