Zombieland: Double Tap Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Ten years have passed since the events of the first film. The down-to-earth nerd Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), the fun-loving thug Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), the wild Wichita (Emma Stone), and Wichita’s noticeably grown sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have made their home in the abandoned White House perfectly: they have fun in every way, they classify types of zombies , periodically make sorties so as not to lose shape in shooting zombies – in general, they live a full life.

True, at some point Columbus ruined everything. He suddenly unexpectedly offered Wichita a hand and a heart, and Wichita is not ready for official relations. She believes that the transition to official rails contributes to the speedy divorce. Especially in the world of the zombie apocalypse, where official relations play a special role. (That was the irony.)

So the morning after she was given her diamond engagement ring, Wichita and Little Rock were swept out of the White House by borrowing Tallahassee’s favorite car called the Beast. Little Rock also has reason to be dissatisfied with Tallahassee’s company: he behaves like a demanding dad towards her, which she is pretty tired of.

The best cure for unrequited love is shopping, so Columbus and Tallahassee go shopping. At the mall, Columbus met a blonde Madison (Zoey Deutch), who survived because she lived in a refrigerator, and besides, zombies eat brains, and Madison has big problems with her brains.

Columbus rushes into the abyss of a little-meaningful sexual relationship with Madison, but they won’t have to sit still for long: Wichita returns to the White House and says that they need to look for Little Rock, who has run off with a musician named Berkeley (Evan Jogia).


The first film directed by Ruben Fleischer “Welcome to Zombieland” was clearly inspired by Edgar Wright’s “Zombie named Sean”, which Fleischer, in fact, did not hide. Fleischer’s zombie horror parody turned out to be very funny, collected an excellent box office, and it seemed that it was even said that a sequel would appear pretty soon.

Nevertheless, the release of the sequel dragged on for ten years. Which, frankly, did not do him much good, because the script clearly assumed that very little time had passed between the events of the first and second films (Columbus did not wait ten years to propose to Wichita), but here’s how to explain why A 13-year-old teenage Little Rock girl suddenly turned into a 23-year-old woman, the scriptwriters did not think of it, so they made a desperate compromise: they tell us that ten years have passed, but we ourselves understand that they are separated from the events of the first film by a maximum of several months.

Also, the scriptwriters did not strain for those viewers who did not see the first film: it is assumed that the viewers already know the backstory of the characters very well, so there is no point in explaining who they are, where they came from, why they call each other names of cities and what Columbus for the rules that he always reminds of.

In the first film, they make a pilgrimage to Bill Murray’s house (their visit to the house is really awesome), in the second they make a pilgrimage to Elvis Presley’s house in Graceland, and then go to the Babylon commune, where Little Rock and Berkeley went.

Of the new characters, the blonde Madison, whose first appearance immediately lowered the score for the script by at least a point, because laughing at stupid blondes is already somehow indecent, but then there were funny one-sided fights with her from Wichita, well, plus #this turn with her came up with a pretty cool one.

Woody Harrelson hilariously fools around in the role of Tallahassee, periodically jokes funny, although, to be honest, the level of humor in the sequel is clearly lower than in the first film, and, in general, it is on it that the main fun is.

Jesse Eisenberg is exactly the same funny nerd as he was in the first movie. And in the same way serves as the object of ridicule of Tallahassee.

There’s really nothing to say about Emma Stone here: in the first film, she was a rip-off, but here somehow more and more for furniture.

The beginning of the film, to be honest, is boring: I was even afraid that they would not swing and all this would remain in the swamp of self-repetitions. However, when they finally got out of the White House, it became noticeably more fun. The hotel with the Elvis museum was very pretty: Rosario Dawson’s Nevada appeared there, and Tallahassee and Columbus got their doubles.

Well, closer to the finale, the Babylon commune and the episodes of its courageous defense – that was already quite fresh and fun, I liked it.

What is the result? A very late and completely optional sequel, which, nevertheless, can be viewed from the category “with beer and for fun, without fanfare.” There are really very few undertakings here, there is a certain amount of fun, well, it’s good that the picture still swayed, which completely reconciled me with myself. In addition, let’s be honest: “Venom”, which was directed by the same director, is noticeably worse.

PS I listened to the licensed dubbing. Eisenberg and the blonde were voiced well, and Tallahassee lost a lot of its color both because of the translation of his jokes and because of the voice acting. As Wichita was voiced, I didn’t like it much either. Also, for some reason, it was called Wichita in dubbing, while the city is called Wichita.


Zombieland: Double Tap movie meaning

Director: Ruben Fleischer Cast: Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Zoey Deutch, Evan Jogia, Thomas Middleditch, Victoria Hall

Budget: $42M, Worldwide Grossing: $121M
Parody horror, USA-Canada, 2019, 99 min.

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