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Army of the Dead Review

Army of the Dead Movie falls under horror, action, adventure, and crime and is in English. The movie is rated R due to language throughout, graphic nudity, gore, some sexual content, and intense, bloody violence.

Army of the Dead Review

The director is Zack Snyder, and the producers are Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, and Zack Snyder. The writers are Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, and Joby Harold. It will be released in theaters on May 14, 2021, and on streaming on May 21, 2021, with a 2-hour and 28 minutes runtime.

This film is made by The Stone Quarry and distributed through Netflix. It features an impressive cast, including Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, and Nora Arnezeder. The sound mix is also done in Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience.

Army of the Dead Review

Many were thrilled to hear that Army of the Dead would be Zack Snyder's return to the horror subgenre that launched his career. However, what starts as an intriguing zombie/heist escape in Las Vegas becomes a monotonous action movie. The few moments of humor are quickly forgotten, replaced by the bleakness that has become popular in zombie stories since The Walking Dead's conclusion.

The opening title sequence of Army of the Dead sets the stage for an amusingly dark and ironic zombie adventure in the bright lights of Sin City. The sequence uses a cover of "Viva Las Vegas" by Richard Cheese and Allison Crowe to show the rapid takeover of the town by zombies, resulting in the demise of every stereotypical Vegas character, from Elvis impersonators to showgirls. It's a delightful scene that perfectly captures the essence of a zombie heist film set in Vegas. However, the rest of the movie must live up to this fantastic start's promise.

Army of the Dead showcases Zack Snyder's signature directing style in full force, featuring epic action and gore sequences, incredible slow-mo shots, and attempts to create emotional connections with characters before their demise. While the film's dialogue may sometimes fall short, the dark, satirical comedy is a highlight that successfully entertains the audience. Whether you love or hate the film, it is an unbridled expression of Snyder's creative vision.

Former mercenary Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) is approached by Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) with the promise to leave his post-zombie war life of flipping burgers if he can smuggle $200 million out of a casino safe before Vegas is destroyed to kill off the zombies. The President decided to conduct the nuking on July 4 because he believed it "would look cool" and "kind of patriotic if you think about it." As we meet all the quirky characters?and a few crucial tagalongs?whom anybody familiar with zombie flicks knows will surely wind up as dead meat, the movie's "putting the crew together" section is hilarious. It has a lot of "You son of a bitch, I'm in" excitement.

In the movie, Scott has two close friends, Cruz and Vanderohe, portrayed by Ana de la Reguera and Omari Hardwick. Tig Notaro delivers a noteworthy performance as a sardonic helicopter pilot named Peters, digitally replacing Chris D'Elia. While some characters lack depth, Vanderohe and Safecracker Dieter (played by Matthias Schweighöfer) consistently entertain when they share the screen.

Once the team reaches Vegas, Snyder reveals his inspiration from zombie films and innovative modifications to the traditional zombie mythology. His movie serves as a spiritual successor to Romero's Land of the Dead while remaining faithful to the latter third of the book I Am Legend. The film features a variety of zombies, including conventional ones, fast ones, and highly intelligent "alphas" with a distinct blue, robotic look. Additionally, the trailer showcased an impressive undead tiger. The movie's zombie mythology, specifically the leader of the zombies, has raised many implications that deserve further exploration. As a result, a live-action prequel film and an anime adaptation are currently in development.

The script, written by Snyder, Joby Harold, and Shay Hatten, could benefit from delving deeper into the complex implications of the story. Currently, it only provides a wink to the audience, implying how brilliant the movie is. While previous sequels may offer some answers to the mythology, the script needs to explain better the film's clumsy metaphor for the detention facilities along the southern border. More than its attempt to pay homage to the long tradition of social commentary in zombie movies is required.

The majority of the refugees in the quarantine camp are of Latino origin. One of the characters in the movie mentions their desire to leave the camp and face the risks outside, all for the sake of providing a better future for their children. Unfortunately, "Army of the Dead" doesn't offer any unique or insightful commentary, merely highlighting that some individuals are willing to risk everything to cross the border.


4 Nominations and 1 Win for Army of the Dead:

  1. Winner of the USA Academy Awards in 2022 Oscars Favorite
  2. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy Horror Films has nominated Victoria Down, Justin Raleigh, Ozzy Alvarez, and Kevin Kirkpatrick for the Saturn Award for Best Make-Up. This nomination is specifically related to the USA 2022.
  3. The movie "Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film" has been nominated for the Sierra Award at the 2021 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.
  4. Tom Holkenborg has been nominated for the Best Original Score - Horror Film award at the 2021 Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA).
  5. The Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards 2021 has nominated Tig Notaro for the Best Supporting Actress award.


The rating for the Army of the Dead Movie is 3.5 out of 5.


The movie "Army of the Dead," directed by Zack Snyder, initially appears attractive with fresh takes on zombie lore. However, it quickly devolves into a generic zombie shooter with forgettable characters. The film introduces some novel ideas to the zombie genre but sometimes prioritizes its message over entertainment value. The opening credits scene is the movie's most vital point.a

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