ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (2019)

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick & Dave Callahan

Cinematography: Chung-Hoon Chung Editor: Chris Patterson & Dirk Westervelt

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Victoria Hall, Victor Rivera 

A decade after their first adventure, the zombie-bashing team of Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland. Here, they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of their own makeshift family.


Just like the first film, this isn’t really a horror film more like an action-comedy that has horrific elements or a more horror background.

This sequel definitely feels less than inspired as the main cast does come back for the sequel but throughout they all look disgruntled or miserable to be here. Even though one would like to think at least they would be back to enjoy each other’s company, but it seems like everyone is more here for only here for a bigger paycheck.

The only time they seem genuinely like they like each other is in a moment towards the end when coming together in what looks like certain doom 

Though this film Came about after a failed pilot for a Zombieland television series with a different cast. Which is where Even the parody or actors Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch playing bizarro

Versions of Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg’s character come off as cheap weak humor. Though seem like they would be the replacements of the actors either choose not to come back or the straight to streaming sequel or if they couldn’t have gotten the actors for the first film.

Woody Harrelson seems to be the only one here who seems to give a damn or bother showing any excitement. Maybe as he finally gets a love interest and not as lovey Dovey as Jesse Eisenberg’s romance from the first film.

Even though Abigail Breslin character goes on her own throughout the film And the characters are trying to find her. The film still gives her the least amount of screen time and attention as her character just seems to be going through a teenage rebellion.

The film pretty much continues the adventures of the characters and adds very little so that it would seem more of the same. Except at least in the first film the story seemed at least creative. Here it feels like the movie and script are running on fumes.

Zoey Deutch is a newcomer to the film franchise and provides the only distraction and is the only truly funny thing about the movie. As she brightens up her scenes as a dumb blonde stereotype. As she reminds me of Valeria Andrews character in the Ashton Kutcher movie JUST MARRIED where she was one of the truly bright spots of that movie and she only really had a few scenes. 

Zoey Deutch does a lot of heavy lifting on her scenes and makes the film almost entertaining. Even though she supposed fate is telegraphed and predictable. When she is absent it Feels like they are struggling to come up with material as it goes along. Maybe an excuse to expose more of Eisenberg’s Character’s rules and theories. As well as expand them

The ending is pretty fun could have used that ingenuity earlier especially the credits sequence. 

While watching this film I kept having thoughts just as I had when watching THE WALKING DEAD.  How do they have power? Fireworks attract zombies but not lights? No defense against zombies except gates in this so-called Babylon. There is always a suspension of disbelief but one  Shouldn’t be wondering these things as you are watching it, though the film does have it’s moments. Which are mostly stylistic. This seems to be one of the only ways the director seems to want to enliven the sequel and set it apart. As with each new film he makes even outside of the franchise usually has a few visually striking scenes where you can admit you have never seen that before.

Such as the fight within the Elvis HEARTBREAK HOTEL. Which is an action sequence that manages to feel epic in such a small amount fo space that seems to depend on excellent choreography. The other sequence is the ending when forced to fight an overabundance of zombies with no guns. 

In the end, the sequel is a majorly disappointing feeling like it was made only because of demand not necessarily well thought out or organic. 

Grade: D+

6 UNDERGROUND (2019)

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Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese
Cinematography: Bojan Bazelli
Editor: Roger Barton, William Goldenberg & Calvin Wimmer 


Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Manuel Garcia-Ruflo, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona, Dave Franco, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi, Ron Funches 



What’s the best part of being dead? It’s the freedom. The freedom to fight the evil which lurks in our world. 6 Underground’s group of unnamed individuals have chosen to change the future. The team’s brought together by enigmatic leader code-named ‘One’, whose sole mission is to ensure that, he and his fellow teammates will have their actions remembered.


This is a film that is so huge and ridiculously over the top and overblown that it feels like a film that would have been an action classic in the 1980’s or 90’s. As you can see all of the $150 million dollar budget on the screen with an international mostly european flavor.

The problem is that the film is much more interested in the action sequences more than anything else. As it is a michael bay film they are photographed beautifully and come off as amazing to look at. Though overwhelmingly violent and gory. Which the director seems to take great joy in and trying to make some of it funny. Which doesn’t exactly work, Especially when your film is so hamfisted making everything feel intense when it doesn’t need to be that at many times you find yourself worn outnumber.

Even the sex scenes which don’t exactly feel necessary one is more romantic and the other whole setting up a romantic side story involves characters who want sexy more than romance so nothing romantic in the scene at all more ogling of bodies.

While this film has a genuine star in Ryan Reynolds who is there for the action but only participated in half of it. Since the film is more about a team they share their moments to shine some more than others and in the case of Adria Ajola barely any action. As the other actors shine.

It is through Mr. Reynolds and the rest of the cast that the movie More shines and you care more then you probably should. As Reynolds plays his usual cocky and sarcastic hero type here more of a leader.

The film seems to take certain joys upping the danger and adventure. As each new action sequence involves an even more dangerous amount of dizzying stunts. So much so that this film feels like XXX where as it is more of a stunt man’s movie that makes the actors look badass. As well as making the gratuitous violence almost pornographic. Though luckily the film doesn’t feel that technical. Though it certainly want to take the audience on a wild ride.

There is so much action no one could ever accuse the film of stopping or even being boring as the 20 minute opening car chase alone involves everything but the kitchen sink. Yet feels like the type of scene that would end most films and is one of the more impressive action sequences of the film even more exciting then the finale.

This film feels like a throwback to the men on a mission film. Where they form A platonic love for one another even if they don’t necessarily like one another. Also with the constantly shifting foreign locale and majorly foreign cast also makes it feel like this film could have been written by Luc Besson for one of his cross cultural action films. Though even those films have a clear lead and are basically star vehicles for whoever that is. Here it is much more of a team effort no matter who is top billed.

So by the end we get more of the same with a plot that seems stitched together just so Director Michael bay can show off his designer action shots and attempts of humor by adding a funny self satisfied leading man. Though after awhile no matter how it is dressed up it becomes monotonous. As if you already started with a spectacular action sequence throughout the film tried to top itself. So that it soon becomes the norm and nothing is as exciting. Especially if we know you can do it as we Just Watched you do it before, Making this film more a dumb, fun guilty pleasure under the guise of a more action oriented espionage caper film.

Grade: C+

DEADPOOL 2 (2018)

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Director: David Leitch
Written By: Rhett Rhesse & Paul Werneck, Ryan Reynolds
Cinematography: Jonathan Sela
Editor: Craig Alpert, Michael McCusker, Elisabet Ronaldsdottir & Dick Westervelt 

Music By: Tyler Bates 


Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Briana Hildebrand, Eddie Marsan, Rob Delaney, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgard, Alan Tudyk 


After losing the love of his life, 4th wall-breaking mercenary Wade Wilson aka Deadpool must protect Russel must assemble a team of mutants and protect Russel from Cable, a no-nonsense, dangerous cyborg from the future and Deadpool must learn the most important lesson of all, to be part of a family again.

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018)

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Director: David Leitch
Written By: Rhett Rhesse & Paul Werneck, Ryan Reynolds
Cinematography: Jonathan Sela
Editor: Craig Alpert, Michael McCusker, Elisabet Ronaldsdottir & Dick Westervelt
Music By: Tyler Bates 


Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Zazi Beetz, Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Briana Hildebrand, Eddie Marsan, Rob Delaney, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgard, Alan Tudyk 


After losing the love of his life, 4th wall-breaking mercenary Wade Wilson aka Deadpool must protect Russel must assemble a team of mutants and protect Russel from Cable, a no-nonsense, dangerous cyborg from the future and Deadpool must learn the most important lesson of all, to be part of a family again.

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