Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is an action packed adventure that follows a group of mercenaries that take to the zombie-infested city of Las Vegas for the greatest heist ever.
Man. When did 2021 turn into the year of unnecessary Snyder projects?
The director is firing all cylinders here, resulting in a chaotic, splashy, overstuffed, elongated mess — complete with his signature slow-motion. But at least that works here (especially in the operatic opening sequence) and isn’t as painful as flying hot dogs like in Justice League.
But, listen, I wasn’t disappointed.
I fully expected Army of the Dead to be ridiculous and campy bloodfest. I mean, what else can you expect from a zombie heist thriller that boasts a massive zombie tiger all set in Sin City?
But hey, I have to give credit where it’s due. The special effects were well done (minus the ending, in my opinion) as well as the cinematography (also, minus the ending, in my opinion). Definitely a more stylish zombie film than we are used to, which I appreciate.
And I have to admit, it is mindlessly entertaining to watch Dave Bautista punch zombies with his bare hands and talk about artisan grilled cheese sandwiches with his estranged daughter.
However, at the end of the film, with all the blood and guts and glory, I just felt indifferent…
…and that I really miss Las Vegas.
Final Thoughts: As mindless and gnarly as a zombie itself, Army of the Dead is exactly what you’d expect.