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Zombieland: Double Tap begins one decade after the post-apocalyptic events in Zombieland. The original four survivors, Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock, find themselves in the now-derelict White House. However, multitudes of walking dead and mutated strains of evolved animated corpses still run amuck across the planet. When a premeditated separation sends the team back to square one, searching, once more, for the promised land. Now, all hope rests on Babylon: an entirely organic commune of blissful vegetarian pacifists who love to party.
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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Movie Summary
A month later, Tallahassee and Columbus are exploring a mall when they come across a ditzy blonde named Madison (Zoey Deutch). Madison has survived the apocalypse by hiding most of the time inside a freezer of a Pinkberry. Tallahassee can’t stand her, but Columbus invites her back to the White House, where Madison quickly has sex with Columbus.
That night, Wichita returns to the White House to collect some additional weapons. She tells Columbus and Tallahassee that Little Rock left her and ran off with a hippie from Berkeley (Avan Jogia). She also warns them of a more agile and durable super zombie. Fear for Little Rock’s safety, Tallahassee states that they are going to go and save her, and then he is going his own way. Wichita apologizes to Columbus for leaving the way she did but becomes jealous when she learns that Madison and Columbus are now a couple.
The next day while on the road, the group tries to take over an RV to make the trip to Graceland. The RV has an alarm that draws a horde of zombies towards them. Tallahassee, Columbus, and Wichita work together to take out all the zombies. As part of the attack, they encounter their first super zombie which they nickname T-800 after the Terminator villain. The RV almost immediately breaks down, and the group takes a minivan to continue on the road.
Madison begins to show signs that she is turning into a zombie, and Tallahassee and Wichita make Columbus take her out into the woods to put her down. They hear two shots and Columbus returns to the van and asks to leave. The group finds Tallahassee’s modified presidential limousine, “the Beast”, which Little Rock stole from Wichita.
The Beast is in the parking lot of an Elvis themed motel run by Nevada (Rosario Dawson), who tells the group that Little Rock had been there a few days before. Nevada tells them that Little Rock and Berkeley took another vehicle and were heading to a hippie commune named Babylon. That night, while drinking whiskey and bonding over their mutual love of Elvis Presley, Nevada and Tallahassee have sex.
The next day they are awakened to a monster truck crushing the Beast in Nevada’s driveway. The truck is driven by Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch), who have a strong resemblance to Tallahassee and Columbus. Shortly afterwards, a group of T-800’s show up at the motel and Albuquerque and Flagstaff take on the super zombies by themselves. After they dispatch the horde, they come into the motel, but it is revealed that they were bitten during the battle. The two newcomers turn into zombies and the remaining four kill them.
The next day, Wichita, Columbus, and Tallahassee leave Nevada at her motel and head to Babylon. Along the way, the encounter Madison who is not dead. She explains that Columbus spared her in the forest, and that she was not turning into a zombie, but suffering from a nut allergy from some trail mix. The foursome makes it to Babylon. Tallahassee blows up their mini-van in protest for having to drive it there in the first place. They are told that they must give up their weapons to enter Babylon, which they reluctantly do. They find Little Rock, who is happy where she is at and doesn’t want to leave.
Tallahassee feels that Little Rock is well taken care, so he sets out on his own, just as he swore he would do. Tallahassee does not get very far before he runs into an enormous horde of T-800’s who are drawn to Babylon because of the fireworks the hippies are shooting off. Tallahassee hurriedly drives back to Babylon to warn everyone and discovers that the hippies have melted down all their guns because of their belief in peace.
With limited options, Tallahassee devises a plan to kill the approaching super zombies with exploding biodiesel fuel. Things don’t go as planned, and the heroic foursome find themselves surrounded by the super zombie horde while the hippies are safe in a high tower. Just in the nick of time, Nevada shows up with Albuquerque’s monster truck and runs down many of the T-800’s before saving everyone trapped on the platform.
However, Nevada rolls the truck and the group must run into the skyscraper to escape the zombie horde. With the help of the hippies, the survivors corral the zombies off the roof using Tallahassee as bait. Tallahassee survives by grabbing a construction crane, but two of the zombies grab his ankle, which very nearly pulls him off until Little Rock shoots the zombies in the head.
With the threat eliminated, Little Rock and Tallahassee mend their fences. Little Rock breaks up with Berkeley, who immediately hooks up with Madison. Wichita accepts Columbus’ marriage proposal, and Nevada and Tallahassee make themselves an official couple. The next day our new fivesome leaves Babylon. Along the way, Columbus remarks that they have all finally found their homes in each other.
In a mid-credits scene, Bill Murray is shown giving interviews for the promotion of a third Garfield film ten years prior. During his interview with Al Roker, the Today host turns into a zombie and attacks Murray. Murray saves himself by bashing Roker in the head with a folding chair. Murray then starts to leave the hotel and witnesses the zombie outbreak beginning throughout the lobby. Murray fights off all the zombies while throwing out one liners from his films. In a post-credits scene, Murray is shown practicing coughing up a hairball as a joke during the promotional interviews.
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