Release Date: May 14, 2021 (Netflix)
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Produced By: Deborah and Zack Snyder
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer and Nora Arnezeder
Awesome-o-metre : 4/10
When Los Vegas is overrun by zombies, Tanaka, a shady casino owner hires a group of mercenaries led by Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) to enter the city and retrieve a $200m stash in the vault of his casino. Of course, executing a casino heist amid a zombie apocalypse is going to be anything but easy.
Army of the Dead is exactly what happens when a studio gives a director the freedom to do as he pleases. Zack Snyder of the Snydercut fame was allowed to run with his zany vision and this leads to a delicious gore fest with the most porous plot you can come across.
I mean, the plot of the whole film could have been completed in the first 15 minutes and there was absolutely no need for the heist. Apparently, the heist was a decoy and the real reason the mercenaries were sent it was to retrieve the head of the alpha queen. This was achieved in less than 15 minutes of the film, so why then did they go ahead with the heist when there was literally no need for it?
Also, the safe in the casino belongs to Tanaka, so why then did they need a safe cracker when he can just give them the code and keys? It makes absolutely no sense.
Lastly, there is an inconsistency with the length of time between when a person is bitten and when they turn. In some cases, it happens immediately, and when it suits the producers, it takes hours. What manner of changeability is that?
Other than the gaping plot holes and irregularities, the gore fest is amazing. Zack Snyder expanded the Zombie lore by introducing a Zombie Tiger and there is even a scene where we see a luminous zombie foetus which begs the question, how did zombie mummy and zombie daddy make that baby? I shudder at that thought!
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