Fans of the famed four-pack of zombie killers in the horror/comedy hybrid got a treat recently when a new trailer hit the internet.
For a decade, fans have been clamoring to hear more from Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. Now they’ll finally get their wish. As a wise man once said, you have to enjoy the little things. In a world where sequels sometimes come for franchises that maybe don’t deserve them, Zombieland 2 is a welcomed and well-deserved sight.
The original film saw the unlikely alliance of drifters traveling throughout the collapsed, zombie-infested world. In a world where zombies are fast and ferocious, survival is tough. But between the fearless combat prowess of Tallahassee and the strict adherence to safety rules by Columbus, the two became a popular pair.
Throw in the sisters and schemers who joined them, and you have a formidable team that connected with audiences in a way few characters do in these sorts of movies. Rather than just thinking about the horrors of the world, fans wanted to know what their favorite characters are up to.
The trailer opened showing the characters doing battle with zombies but didn’t show much plot. In a way, that’s a good thing. Too many trailers spoil the entire movie early on, giving fans little to speculate about once they actually get to theaters.
Zombieland’s zombies will have gotten stronger, too. Now harder to kill, the dead will remain a threat – it’s a smart way of ensuring that the survivors, however adept they may be at surviving, won’t have too easy of a time navigating the threats of the world.
The movie will apparently also deal with the pains the group has faced as a family, and how relationships can become strained after a long time and in tough circumstances. The end of the trailer showed some new human survivors, who bear an uncanny resemblance to the heroes.
The film will be titled Zombieland 2: Double Tap, a reference to one of Columbus’s rules about firing twice to make sure dead zombies are actually dead for good. Will Double Tap be able to recapture the magic of the original movie? What made it such a hit was the unique blend of comedy and tension.
Genuinely scary, fast zombies and dangers around every corner made sure fans never got too relaxed, despite the steady stream of humor coming from the main cast. While Tallahassee’s boisterous demeanor and rough style of survival made him an easy fan favorite, it also helped him contrast will with the by-the-book approach of Columbus, who finally got the girl by the end of the movie.
To be successful, the sequel will have to breach new ground. Beyond just evolved zombies, it could potentially reveal information about how the world has shaped up in the years since fans have last seen the heroes.
What should the sequel cover? Will it be able to match the original? Will any new rules have emerged in the dangerous world known as Zombieland?
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