Army of The Dead

After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.

Year: 2021
Certificate: 18
Runtime: 2hr 28m
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Dave BautistaElla PurnellOmari HardwickGarret DillahuntAna de la RegueraTheo RossiMatthias SchweighöferNora ArnezederHiroyuki SanadaTig NotaroRaúl CastilloHuma QureshiSamantha WinRichard CetroneMichael Cassidy

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An action-packed heist film with an enjoyable zombie twist.

I’ve seen lots of zombie films and series over the years and I’ll be honest, the genre can get pretty tiresome. However when I saw the trailer for Zack Snyder’s new Netflix film “Army of The Dead” I had a feeling that this was going to be an interesting addition to the genre. The question is, was my feeling correct?

The overall storyline is that there has been a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and in a last-ditch effort to contain the outbreak, the government decides to create a wall around the city made out of cargo containers. It keeps the dead away from the living but there’s a slight problem… A billionaire casino owner still has $200 million in a safe in the basement of one of his buildings and he wants it back. There’s another problem, too. The government is going to nuke the city in four days. In comes Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) – a former mercenary who has gone back to the easy life of being a fry-cook – who is approached and offered $50 million to lead a hand-picked team to get the money back.

From the opening scenes of the film and the opening credits we get a good sense of what’s to come. There’s action, there’s blood and gore, there are comedic elements, and there are zombies. Lots of zombies. Visually I really liked “Army of The Dead” although I can’t put my finger on exactly why. There was also lots going on in the background and you can tell that time and effort was put into making it. The zombies also look great and include a few nice surprises such as the zombie tiger shown in the trailer.

Continuing with the story, Ward gets his new squad together and it’s pretty obvious from the outset that they’re a ragtag bunch and while in theory the plan is flawless – get in there, carry fuel, refuel an abandoned army helicopter, crack the safe, get the money and fly to safety – you just know that it’s not going to go smoothly. Well, why else would you need the 2hr 28m runtime?

Speaking of the runtime, Snyder is often chided for his overly long films and slow-motion scenes and sometimes I would agree, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel like “Army of The Dead” was overly long. Yes, it was a long film, but I wouldn’t say that it had much filler that wasted time. There’s so much going on during the action scenes that the handful of slow-motion clips give you a chance to observe the carnage around them – like I said, there’s lots of detail that can easily be missed.

Once Ward and his crew enter the city they soon realise that the zombies are more organised than you would expect but they move forward with the plan. It’s difficult to talk much more about the story without getting into spoiler territory but I can tell you that old wounds are healed, families are reunited, backs are stabbed, lots of blood is shed, and Snyder manages to breathe a breath of fresh air into the zombie genre.

Overall I really enjoyed “Army of The Dead” – yes, it leaves lots of questions unanswered and doesn’t go into super detail about how the outbreak began, but do we really need to know? Just switch off the logical part of your brain, sit back, and enjoy an action-packed heist film with an enjoyable zombie twist.

Have you seen this film? Let us know your opinions in the comments below and of course if there are any films on Netflix UK you want us to review let us know!

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One thought on “Army of The Dead

  1. Sorry but I have to disagree with pretty much everything in your review.
    I’m usually a sucker for zombie movies & when I saw the trailer like you I thought it at least looked like a different twist on the genre & to an extent it is but there are so many other films Snyder has stolen from so original is not a word I would use to describe Army Of The Dead. The acting is at best wooden which I could forgive had I been engaged by the story but I found myself so distracted by the end I didn’t really care about subsequent fan theories which would normally make me want to delve back into it. The special effects were so clunky & the need to create a super race of zombies was particularly unnecessary but the ting that annoyed & actually bored me the most was the constant stopping of the action so characters could have a heart to heart at a crucial moment. I mean 20 minutes until Las Vegas is nuked & Dave Bautista decides he needs to talk things through with his daughter FFS!
    There is talk of a sequel but I say save the money or re-think about axing Daybreak (now there was an original zombie idea) or I’m Not OK With This which was the best thing on Netflix last year. In summary I would say that when it finished I just thought ‘meh’ but as the days went by & as I was describing it to people I realised that it was over 2 & a half hours of my life I will never get back.

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