Review: Army of the Dead (2021)
By William Pattison
For Horror Bob’s Blog
What do you get when you team up Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, and John Carpenter to make a zombie movie? Well, the closest thing you will ever get is Zack Snyder’s truly epic zombiefest Army of The Dead.
Army of the Dead tells the story of a group of mercenaries who are sent into Las Vegas, which has been turned into a zombie containment zone after a zombie outbreak. The reason these eight people are sent into zombie central is that a billionaire Japanese businessman named Bly Tanaka, played by Hiroyuki Sanada (Mortal Combat).
Tanaka wants the group to travel through the zombie-infested waste of Las Vegas to get into a vault in one of the casinos that holds pallets of stacked hundred dollar bills. The only problem, besides the city full of man-eating zombies was that the government was going to blow the city up with a tactical nuclear missile in three days.
With the help of a blond-haired female coyote named Lilly the crew which features Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame) as Scott Ward, Ella Purnell as Scott’s daughter Kate Ward, Omari Hardwick as Vanderohe, Theo Rossi as Burt Cummings, Matthias Schweighöfer as safecracker Dieter, Garret Dillahunt as Martin, and of course Tig Notaro (Star Trek Discovery) as the snarky ace chopper pilot Marianne Peters take on this near-impossible heist.
All I can say is this film is mind-blowing, but what can you expect from the brilliant director that brought us such mind-blowing films as Watchmen, Sin City, 300, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, Superman Versus Batman: Dawn of Justice, and of course Justice League The Snyder Cut. I’ve seen so many incredible classic zombie films over the years, like Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Zombieland just to name a few and I see this film joining the list of classics.
Snyder is a master of shooting gory violence and turning it into art. The film is full of incredible shots of zombies doing what zombies do and badass characters doing what they do. On top of that this film has a music track that will be a pleasure to get a copy of when or if it comes out. This film was a joy for me to watch, much like the Korean zombie film Peninsula was.
I know a lot of people on social media have been whining about how long this film was, it was two and a half hours long. For me, that is a treat because it means the filmmaker is giving your money’s worth. Shit people, he gives us five different types of zombies including the intelligent overlord zombies. He also gives us a zombie tiger named Valentine and a zombie horse. Frankly, stop bitching bitches! You should be thanking Zack Snyder and praising him. If you haven’t seen this film yet I only got this to say… Either got to NetFlix or go to your local theatre and SEE THE FUCKING FILM. It is awesome! I can not recommend it more…
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