Army of the Dead
Directed by Zac Snyder
Debuted on Netflix
Zac Snyder’s Army of the Dead just hit Netflix and its got everyone talking.
Set in post-zombie apocalypse Las Vegas, life’s found a way of moving on. With a huge wall around the zombies, it’s all out of sight and out of mind right? Well, kind of. Out plucky gang of misfits including Scott (Dave Batista), his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell, Vanderhoe (Omari Hardwick) and Guzmann (Raul Castillo).
This band of miscreants are headed back into the quarantine zone in an attempt to pull off the deadliest heist imaginable This isn’t just a bank job, it’s a fight for your life against flesh-eating zombies, survive the zombie tiger, get to the vault, get past the booby traps and then crack the safe, kinda job.
Reactions to Army of the Dead have audiences pretty divided, some enjoying its all guns blazing approach whilst others found it both lacking and felt every single one of the films 148 minutes.
Admittedly, I sit firmly in the middle. Whilst I found Army of the Dead to be entertaining, I was not blown away. I was more disappointed think as I’ve just recently watched The Snyder Dawn of the Dead remake which I really enjoy. I felt there were some missed opportunities within the file that I’d have liked to have seen more of. Like the concepts of these more evolved zombies. I couldn’t help but feel that there could’ve been some great visuals and complexities.
Hold me closed, Zombie dancer
One thing I did really like was the fluid dancer-like grace that the zombies had, particularly like those that were in the hotel with the king and queen zombie. They moved like an ocean of bodies when the new victim was presented.
However, my main issue with Army of the Dead was the characters. I found myself not caring for any of them. Their dynamics were predictable, the ‘hidden agendas’ are not that hidden. Batista in particular was not charismatic leading man material.
Army of the Dead isn’t necessarily groundbreaking. But, for a Friday night on the couch with a beer? It makes for a fine watch.
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