WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Zombieland: Double Tap, in theaters now.
Director Ruben Fleischer's long-awaited sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, continues 10 years into the zombie apocalypse from 2009's Zombieland. America is still in ruins but folks manage to eke out an existence. Zombies are now part of everyday living, and various communes and pockets of society are popping up across the country.
In the midst of these microcosms, the old gang -- Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Wichita (Emma Stone) -- embark on a road trip to find Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) after she runs away with a boy. Much to their chagrin, when they make a pit stop in Las Vegas, they get confirmation of a new and better breed of zombie wreaking nationwide havoc: the Bolts. When Luke Wilson's Albuquerque and Thomas Middleditch's Flagstaff reveal why they're called that, track and field fans will recognize it as a tribute to the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt.
Bolt's widely heralded as the best sprinter ever. The Jamaican holds the Olympic record (9.63 seconds in 2012) and the world record (9.58 seconds in 2009) in the 100 meters. In the 200 meters event, he also holds the Olympic record (19.30 seconds in 2008), as well as the world record (19.19 seconds in 2009), which is why he's considered so elite, and frankly, a god on the track. Fans sadly had to say goodbye to watching the speedster's amazing runs, however, following the Rio 2016 Olympics. It was then that he ended his career with eight gold medals to his name, making him the most decorated athlete ever in track and field.
Now, it would stand to reason Bolt would be getting a shout out in something like The Flash, but instead his name is immortalized in this dystopian horror-comedy. When Tallahassee, Columbus and Wichita get to Graceland, where they think Little Rock may have gone to pay homage to Elvis with her musician boyfriend, they run into a museum where Rosario Dawson's Nevada is living. They forge a friendship, and Tallahassee and Nevada even strike up a romance. But then Nevada's ex, Albuquerque, crashes the party, and it becomes a pissing contest between the two men.
However, one crucial piece of information pops up when Flagstaff mentions the Bolts out there. Columbus wants to know why they call them that and immediately, in a presumptuous manner Tallahassee's crew start rattling off reasons why. They think it's because the new strain is tough, sturdy and hard to budge, not to mention they move at super-speed, making them the next step in the flesh-eaters' evolution.
But in a very quick line, Albuquerque yells it's because of "Usain!" Flagstaff then explains that because they're "fast as f*ck," they coined the apt nickname for the new strain of zombies. Of course, it flies over Team Zombieland's heads. Columbus is simply obsessed with calling them his own nickname, the T-800s, because he's a huge Terminator fan, and none of them have a clue about the sport.
However, because of logic, not to mention Albuquerque and Flagstaff's obvious sports fandom, the term "Bolts" feels like a much better fit. That's especially true by the time the zombie horde raids a hippie commune called Babylon at the end of the film.
The horde raids at a World War Z-esque pace. And the fact that they're hunting prey like cheetahs speaks volumes as to how the zombies have leveled up. In fact, when Team Zombieland realizes how much of an apex predator a Bolt is, it dawns on them, particularly Columbus, that Albuquerque and Flagstaff's moniker for this new breed of undead really did make more sense.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and David Callaham, Zombieland: Double Tap stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. It is currently in theaters nationwide.