Army of the Dead Review: Zack Snyder’s Glorious Return to the Zombie Genre
Zack Snyder continues his glorious comeback with an action-packed, brain-splashing remake of the zombie genre. Army of the dead is a heist movie that takes place in a Las Vegas overrun by carnivores. Don’t think of it as Ocean’s Eleven Satisfies The Walking Dead. The film sets a zombie scenario with a much more sophisticated adversary. Excellent practical effects and makeup design add to the gruesome carnage. A cheesy subplot and long runtime are negatives, but not enough to drag the movie down. Army of the dead it will be a huge hit for Netflix.
Army of the dead It begins with a frenzied montage that introduces the main characters and frames the narrative. An accident causes Las Vegas to turn into a zombie infestation. The military surrounds the city with a barricade of containers to round up the undead. A quarantine zone is established on the outskirts to house and monitor displaced residents. Strict measures are taken to ensure that the infection does not spread beyond the ancient Sin City.
Dave Bautista plays Scott Ward, a former military man who escaped from Las Vegas with his bad ass team, Las Vengeance. Flipping burgers afterward, he is approached by a casino mogul (Hiroyuki Sanada) with a lucrative, but dangerous and urgent job. There is $ 200 million dollars trapped in his vault. He wants the money before the government destroys the city in four days, on July 4. Ward gathers his mercenaries (Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro), along with a safe thief (Matthias Schweighöfer) and an easily unleashed social media influencer (Raúl Castillo). The mission becomes more complex when he is forced to recruit his estranged daughter (Ella Purnell) and a dubious coyote (Nora Arnezeder) to infiltrate the city.
Zack snyder he had previously earned his zombie merit badge with the awesome Dawn of the Dead in 2004. It completely changes the game by making the undead more than mindless organ eaters. There are different types of zombies, who are not just hanging around and actually have an agenda. Reaching the vault is not just rushing through. The team has to carefully negotiate the way to its goal. But not everyone on the mission has the same goal. Snyder’s story isn’t the old zombie retread we’ve seen countless times before. It’s refreshing to have a little creativity in the genre.
Army of the dead It has its CGI fill, but the creature and makeup effects are outstanding. There are scenes where blood and guts splatter the camera lens. The arteries gush out like fountains, the skin is torn, and the intestines are drawn like noodles. I’m not a fan of extreme gore, but the plot warrants a bloodbath. This is not torture porn. There is a human cost for action that makes sense. Death is not easy or painless in this movie.
Zack Synder’s usual weaknesses are present. Army of the dead it runs two hours and twenty-eight minutes. The length of the movie leads to some unnecessary pauses. Fortunately, the action resumes, but a tighter edit would have helped the pace. There are also nuances of melodrama as Dave Bautista and Ella Purnell have a strained father-daughter relationship. It is completely unbelievable and forced. That said, Snyder fans are well aware of his recent loss and understand why the issue of reconciliation is so important.
Army of the dead It’s a fun crowd pleaser from a director who is clearly back in the groove. It is the first film of a new zombie universe with a prequel, Army of thieves, scheduled for later this year. Army of the dead is a The Stone Quarry production. It will have a theatrical release on May 14. Followed by a streaming debut on May 21 on Netflix.
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