For ten years, no one has wondered when "Zombieland 2" would come out. The original "Zombieland," released in 2009, has gained its sequel and on Oct. 18 fans and zombie plebeians alike can be transported back to those early 2000’s days.
"Zombieland: Double Tap" is viciously entertaining, blinding the viewers with blood and gore to distract them from the significant lack of character development or depth. The story centers around the same dysfunctional group of survivors — Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Zoey Deutch as Madison, Emma Stone as Wichita and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock.
The characters are frustratingly underdeveloped, regurgitated archetypes. Emma Stone’s character, Wichita, represents the feminine antithesis. Her character is curt and short, hellbent of avoiding love. Immediately after her escape Madison enters— a sickeningly sweet, airheaded "Zombieland" equivalent of a Valley Girl. The team discovers Deutch’s character in none other than a decaying mall — the final nail hammered in by the directors to prove Madison’s vanity.
The main conflict in the movie, despite the constant threat of flesh eating zombies, hinges on the juxtaposition between Wichita and Madison, and which one Columbus will choose to be his Zombieland bride. Will he choose the unpleasant and snarky Wichita? Or the warm and bubbly Madison? The fact that the directors chose to ask these questions compels the audience to ask a question of their own — was a movie about zombies not stereotypical enough?
Where the movie should have been crippled by its abrasive lack of intelligence, it was saved by clever kills and intricate fight scenes. You might think that writers are running low on ways for their characters to defeat the undead, but in "Zombieland: Double Tap," the quirky group of fighters finds shocking and amusing ways to survive.
The movie is undeniably a cash-grabbing crowd-pleaser and is successful in that goal — it is riddled with pop culture references for those already nostalgic for the early 2000’s. Despite the lackluster dialogue, nods at “The Simpsons” and “The Terminator” provide the viewer with a sense of satisfaction and amusement.
The sequel deserves credit for ensuring that for an hour and thirty minutes, the viewer will never be bored. If you want to see a zombie movie, buy a ticket. If you are at all partial to movies with plot or depth, avoid "Zombieland: Double Tap."
This is the opinion of Molly Box, a sophomore journalism major from Boulder, Colorado. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.