The price of emotions in Zombieland


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One assumes that with the quest to survive in a world with brain-eating zombies, there comes a level of preparation that is needed. Skills like cardio, good aim, perceptiveness and a level head are logical assumptions of survival tools. One would not think that the ability to express your emotions would be needed in this particular situation. However, as those who lived in the Zombieland soon found out for the second time, you do. Rule number 52: never be afraid to ask for help.

In this horrifying apocalypse of gruesome zombie killings, Zombieland: Double Tap followed the sequence of ultimately producing a feel-good movie. Don’t be mistaken, it is ugly out there. The kills are realistic for zombies and no blood splatters are spared, but there is humor, and then there are connections.

This contrast between horror and comedy isn’t a new concept. Movies like Scary Movie have produced comical depictions of stupid horror. In most of these cases, the humor comes from making fun of the horror. In Zombieland: Double Tap, however, the film introduces the audience to the fear of being hunted, all while sarcastically attempting to not only survive, but live. Through this attempt, relationships are needed. This combination of fear, blood, quality jokes and a storyline that could actually pass for a respectable film is a rare form. Rule number 32: enjoy the little things. 

Zombieland: Double Tap, much like Zombieland, has something for everyone. A stellar cast, horrific graphics in the best way, unexpected laugh-out-loud humor and awkward, heartfelt moments are what make the sequel in line with the audience’s first glimpse of Zombieland, if not better.  

Although it is good to be prepared and fend for oneself, it is much more rewarding to conquer the damn world together. Just like last time, the cast figured out that they simply can’t do it all by themselves, and that is all the fun of watching. Rule number five: no attachments, but rules are made to be broken.