ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021) Reviews and overview

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‘Always bet on dead’

Army of the Dead is a 2021 American action horror film about a group of mercenaries who attempt a heist in zombie-infested Las Vegas.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Watchmen; Sucker Punch; Dawn of the Dead, 2004) from a screenplay co-written with Joby Harold and Shay Hatten.

The movie stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Samantha Win. Produced by The Stone Quarry’s Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller.

“Occasionally, it achieves a Grand Guignol grandeur […] Concerned almost exclusively with the power of his images, Snyder often neglects momentum, and his action scenes have more baroque swagger than excitement. But the stacked cast (led by Bautista, that slab of empathetic strong-man sensitivity) underscores the uncommon humanity of the material this time around.” AV Club

” …a fun piece of escapist entertainment that remains engaging throughout its two-and-a-half-hour runtime. Snyder rarely gives into his worst instincts here. There’s minimal slow motion, and the action rarely eases for unnecessary sentimental moments. Instead, the director expertly stages thrilling set pieces that involve lots of bullets and appropriately shocking gore.” CBR

” …there’s no economy of storytelling here. If you want to mash-up zombie movies and heist movies, that’s fine, but both of those genres tend to be fairly fleet-footed in their storytelling, and Army of the Dead never maintains much momentum. Instead, it comfortably goes through the motions and Snyder never has much interest in upending his tropes until the very end of the movie…” Collider

“Zack Snyder movies tend to be divisive for myriad reasons. But regardless of how arguably successful or unsuccessful Snyder is at telling stories and handling characters, one thing he can usually be relied on to always do well is deliver impressive technical polish […] Shockingly, that’s not the case with Army of the Dead at all. Objectively speaking about visual value alone, Army of the Dead looks bafflingly terrible.” Culture Crypt

“It may not be great, but it’s also an inspired and enthusiastically thrilling work from an oversaturated genre that’s usually just as lifeless as the zombies themselves. There’s also more optimism, less angsty edge, and multiple women kicking ass that also suggests Army of the Dead, while not Zack Snyder’s best film, is a gauge for his continual positive growth and evolution.” Flickering Myth

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