The Stream: Too long and storyline/main characters aren’t used to their full potential
The Big Screen: Good action sequences and zombie action
The Final Bill: A very long, solidly entertaining and suspenseful flick but not at all scary for a zombie movie– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder (story by), Zack Snyder (screenplay by) | 2 more credits
Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada | See full cast & crew
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror
Rating: R ( slight nudity, Violence, language, the usual zombie stuff- very bloody)
Runtime: 2 hours 23 minutes
Production Companies: The Stone Quarry, See more
Platform: Netflix Released May 21, 2021
Thank goodness it’s Friday! And when Friday comes, so does the streaming and theater content! This week we have attacking us an Army of the Dead. This solid ensemble cast has us following a zombie outbreak in ye olde Las Vegas. Led by a group of mercenaries, they are up to take the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. I know what you’re thinking, “Zombies, Vegas, and a heist, what more could I ask for?” Well, let’s see what Army of the Dead has for us.
I’ll put it like this – if I’m going to be a zombie, I’ll want to be a zombie like this alpha beast here. Forget any plot, the heist, action and violence is enough to watch this movie. I mean it’s violent and bloody like you’d expect from any zombie flick, but it’s also got the athletic ability of the WWE and parkour. On that front, it’s just entertaining to say the least. Which reminds me, someone really should pitch a John Wick version with zombies. You’re welcome for the idea, Keanu.
Quiet as it’s kept, this is not an original idea at all. I do like the mix of The A-Team, Ocean’s Eleven, World War Z, I Am Legend and Extraction put together. It’s basically Extraction with zombies. Yeah, I said it, Zack Snyder! You basically just ripped off every movie in writing this flick. Speaking of writing, Dave Bautista has proven that he is a comedic asset and yet this movie lacks any comic relief. In fact, the director portrayed Bautista’s character as strong and caring, but BORING. I mean I really think they missed out with Bautista’s talent comedically, now athletically they made him look like a freaking animal! Other than that, some characters try to give us some levity, but it felt like the movie was stuck between being serious and a joke. It’s either pick one like Shawn of the Dead or be more serious like World War Z and spread out the light moments to lighten the heaviness. It seems like Snyder didn’t really know what he was going for with this. I’m not trying t to drive this point home but Omari Hardwick has some range in both comedy and drama, and I feel his character was lifeless until it was too late to save the movie. The zombies had more intrigue than most of the live main characters. While Snyder tried to make the storyline cute and nice and all, it was ultimately secondary to the action.
Long story short, I have to get to Las Vegas again before this movie really happens. Army of the Dead has all the typical zombie behavior with a little extra killing and brutality. It’s way too long and they didn’t really use the cast to the best of their abilities, but the movie provides some solid weekend entertainment. If you like zombie movies, action flicks and tons of heads being shot, check out this bowl of popcorn Netflix joint.