Back in 2009, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland was released and became a sleeper hit. Made on a budget of just under $24 million, it raked in $102.4 million globally and became the catalyst for a zombie film/television craze. Zombieland also garnered critical success, making the idea of a sequel a no-brainer. There was an issue, though, since co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had a full slate of projects lined up. So a follow-up would have to wait. Ten years later Zombieland: Double Tap has finally arrived and it seems the old gang of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are holding up just fine as a family that lives and slays together. 
 
Along with Dave Callaham, Reese and Wernick have returned to pen the script, while Fleischer, fresh from directing 2018’s Venom, is back, too. The group has taken residence at the White House and, for all intents and purposes, has become accustomed to life in Zombieland. But time always takes its toll – Little Rock is an adult and yearns to meet non-zombie people her age (and maybe even start a family of her own). Tallahassee, the closest thing Little Rock has to a father figure, dismisses that, making the youngest of the group more frustrated. Meanwhile, Wichita, who’s never been one to commit fully to anything, feels smothered in her relationship with Columbus. So the siblings ditch Tallahassee and Columbus (again), which sets in motion their latest adventure. 
 
If you enjoyed the first film and expect a second helping of the original, rest assured when I say its sequel is more of the same. Double Tap provides a familiar tone and follows the same beats, so despite being maybe six to eight years too late it’s a relief that it hasn’t missed a step. 
 
Of course, the Zombieland-niverse has to expand, so Double Tap introduces new characters. Madison (Zoey Deutch) bumps into Columbus and Tallahassee at a mall and they quickly discover she may be dumbest creature (including zombies) alive. Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch) also appear, telling tales of a race of superzombies that are smart and difficult to kill (kind of like a velociraptor). Besides news of an evolved undead, Albuquerque and Flagstaff bear a hilarious and striking resemblance to a pair of familiar characters. Rounding out the cast is Nevada, played effortlessly by Rosario Dawson. She runs an Elvis-themed motel located close to the famous Graceland, the former home of Tallahassee’s favorite singer, Elvis Presley.
 
Outside of that, Double Tap offers nothing new. That is both a blessing and a curse; those hoping the film would provide more to say will be disappointed. That may have to do with the more serious The Walking Dead, which is referenced early on and comments more on the human condition and survival at all costs. Personally, I applaud Double Tap for sticking with its winning formula rather than attempting to be something that it’s not. This is a horror-comedy at its core, after all. 
 
For its main stars, this is a homecoming of sorts since Harrelson, Eisenberg, Stone and Breslin have enjoyed plenty of success since Zombieland's 2009 release. Their performances were fantastic the first time around, but all of them have become better actors over the last 10 years, and thus are even better here. They fell back into their roles with ease and it’s obvious they’re comfortable and confident working with each other.
 
Although it doesn’t surpass the original, Zombieland: Double Tap is funny and entertaining. There are a few gross-out moments (thanks to some wacky zombie kills), and I don’t remember this much cursing ten years ago. But it’s a fantastic trip back to a time when the zombie machine was just revving up.
 
4 stars out of 5
 

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