Army of the Dead, 2021.
Directed by Zack Snyder.
Starring Dave Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighöfer, Tig Notaro, Nora Arnezeder, Ella Purnell, Huma Qureshi, Raúl Castillo, Samantha Win, Theo Rossi, Richard Cetrone, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Ceckidy, Lyon, Sarah Minnich, Richard Cetrone, Athena Perample, Chelsea Edmundson, Lora Martinez-Cunningham and V Nixie.
Following the zombie epidemic in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries threaten gambling and attempt to enter the quarantine zone to pull the largest robbery ever.
In 2004, Zack Snyder realized the trifect by releasing one of the strongest director debuts, one of the best new versions, and one of the best zombie films ever made Dawn of the dead. Maybe it’s a controversial statement (he’s also still one of today’s most polarizing filmmakers), but given the affection for a career-starting film, it’s enough to question what more can be achieved and think about whether lightning can strike twice. Since then, he has also developed as a director who shows admiration for philosophy, mythology, the divine among people, and has repeatedly resolutely decided to find something childish or silly on paper in the stories of humanity and art.
So if anything, it should come as no surprise that long-term pregnant follow-up Army of the Dead is not a direct sequel or other agreed upon legendary work by George Romero, but a sprawling, ambitious, 150-minute zombie epic. It really isn’t the best zombie movie ever made, and it doesn’t even represent its predecessor. Still ironically, this is Zack Snyder’s greatest film of all time, not his last four-hour cut Defenders of justice. Army of the Dead sees the filmmaker returning to his roots, creating a combination of everything he has dared to touch since; it may not come together completely, but damn, is it easy to admire.
Instead of following plague-adapting characters or picking up where Dawn of the dead to the left, Zack Snyder (writing alongside John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Shay Hatten and Joby Harold), Army of the Dead you focus around the Las Vegas outbreak, from which no one can get in or out except the quarantine stations. Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada, currently) Mortal Kombat) is a rich businessman who wants $ 200,000,000 back from the casino, recruiting former soldier-turned-burger burger Scott Ward (undervalued Dave Bautista, who has been the strongest so far) to assemble a team, find his way back to Las Vegas, and raise money from a top-rated vault before ascending to the roof and escape by helicopter.
A smart prologue / brilliant opening credit set on the deck of Viva Las Vegas teases the waiting massacres as they introduce some teams. Two of them are Scott’s former teammates (Omari Hardwick and Ana de la Reguera) who know the mission is the death penalty, but in any case on board, looking for a combination of catharsis and what they feel is rightfully in debt because they are no longer useful and the government ignore. In what it feels like to have Zack Snyder on the right track, but possibly too much world building, there’s a nuclear bomb sent to destroy all of Las Vegas. At the same time, activists are opposed to the fact that many people are still alive and have not yet reached one quarantine facility. At least I think it’s going on; In either case, it’s an attempt at political commentary on a film that shows the delay in its health crisis, as the unnamed president will certainly give an immature and brazen Donald Trump who recalls the statements.
It also doesn’t matter because the approaching bomb is an excuse to give the team a tick. Scott also employs the zombie-killing online sentiment of Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo) and his friends (Samantha Win, who also has perhaps the most spectacular battle against the dead), German security guard Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer), bizarre helicopter pirate Peters (Tig Notaro), and some extra help, such as a rape / abusive quarantine guard (Michael Cassidy), a kind of navigation guide that nicknamed Coyote (impressively bad Nora Arnezeder), and unwanted child care for Bly’s right-handed Martin (Garret). Dillahunt). That’s not all, as Scott’s estranged quarantine station volunteer daughter, Kate (Ella Purnell), is also looking for a way to Las Vegas who has decided to save a friend and reunite her with her young children. The former becomes a truly moving, emotional journey, while the latter seems like an excuse to keep father and daughter together again.
They don’t just have to fight zombies because Zack Snyder uses the idea of a king and queen (properly adorned in their jewelry that adds to their specialty) and is able to create alpha zombies. Like something like a video game, they have enough superpower to give Dave Bautista a run for their money, acrobatic dodging, and perhaps most terrifyingly some knowledge. Will Zack Snyder consciously take the page The dead rise 2 or not (the game also took place inside the casino), there is also a ferocious and hungry tiger around, although here the beast is also a zombie.
Somehow, Army of the Dead feels like both swelling but is missing from the description. The secondary characters are mostly willing jokes (all about the different personalities of women who bully a few toxic men), and the attempt to promote the original zombie product feels short and better suited to a television show (I understand, one is also at work). Nor does it help that often endangered or deadly scenes are drawn into irritation and the mind wanders away from the film itself. It shouldn’t be confused with the actual zombie action, where everyone is cracking shots (including a guy with no experience using firearms) and getting their own exciting moments to shine. Wisely, Dave Bautista has his own money sequence that repeats his statue-like physicality alongside the shooting battle; it is one of the most interesting scenes Army of the Dead offers.
Emotionally, Army of the Dead works by focusing on dealing with pain, figuring out how people really know each other (there are at least two scenes where Scott is unaware of what his loved ones really feel) and fighting for a more hopeful future. The final scenes between Dave Bautista and Ella Purnell are genuinely touching, and combined with Zack Snyder’s stellar action (he’s also a filmmaker here) is enough to keep this ambitious luxury from collapsing like a blackjack game. If Zack Snyder clarifies what works and what doesn’t, it is very possible that he has another style class classic. It may not be great, but it’s also an inspired and enthusiastically exciting work from a supersaturated genre that is usually as lifeless as the zombies themselves. There’s also more optimism, less angsty edge and more women kicking ass, which also suggests Army of the Dead, while not the best film by Zack Snyder, is a gauge of his continued positive growth and evolution.
Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★
Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a Flickering Myth review editor. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to [email protected]