Directed by Zack Snyder. Written Snyder, Shay Hatten and Joby Harold. Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Garret Dillahunt, Hiroyuki Sanada, Huma Qureshi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Omari Hardwick, Raul Castillo, Theo Rossi and Tig Nataro.
Plot: after the zombie outbreak, a group of mercenaries venture into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.
A military convoy from Area 51 gets into a car accident and releases a zombie that turns all the soldiers into zombies that then head to Vegas. The governement walls off the infected Las Vegas and plans to bomb the city in three days time, eradicating the disease. Then, Tanaka (Sanada) approaches Scott Ward (Bautista), a former mercenary, about getting money out of a Vegas hotel. One of his hotels. $200 million to be exact. And Ward and the team he forms will all get a piece if they make it out alive.
Ward decides to do the job so that he can give the money to his estranged daughter, Kate (Purnell). So, he gathers a team and heads in, but at the last moment, Kate decides to go with them to search for her friend Geeta (Qureshi), who went in on her own looking for money for her own family.
In this film, the dead are really smart and have created their own society with a King and a Queen and everything. In order to get in successfully, the group need to offer a sacrifice. So Lilly (Arnezeder) offers them a rapey prison guard (Rossi) as a sacrifice. It works, they enter and the heist is on.
Kate is annoying the WHOLE movie, but the safecracker, Dieter (Schweighofer) is hilarious. The pilot, Peters (Nataro) is funny, too. The specials are amazing, the cast is great and the soundtrack is goodish. But there was far too much wrong with Snyder’s direction. For one thing, it was a bit long at 2 1/2 hours. For another, the end, which we think was supposed to be touching, fell flat. There were too many unlikable characters and the motive was bad. We were rooting for the zombies because all the humans were constantly stabbing each other in their back.
In the end, it was an okay movie, but we think it could have been a lot better.
My score: 51. DJ’s score: 54.
2 thoughts on “Army of the Dead (2021)”
Excellent review and stated perfectly when you said it was okay but could have been better. The characters were just unlikeable to a degree we didn’t care what happened to them, whether they leaned good or bad. Didn’t care if the good got out and didn’t really hope the bad ones got killed. I think they tried to work too many in to give it some variety and diversity but spread them so thin no one cared about any of them. Peters was good, she reminded me of someone and Dieter as hilarious as you said. He is the one I didn’t want to die.
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Thank you. Glad you saw it our way. LOL
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