Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★½

ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021)
"Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted."

Say what you want about Zack Snyder's stylistic approaches or his spin on DC Comics adaptations- while some people are enamored with the filmmaker's passion, others aren't so lifted in those regards. But when it comes to Zombies, Snyder demonstrates something concrete in the middle for everyone to enjoy: big, dumb bloody zombie action, and violent bouts of gore. Dawn Of The Dead (2004) displayed that, now Army Of The Dead enforces it!
The best thing about Army Of The Dead may be its weakest link: it's meant to be a carnage candy funfest and nothing more. In a way, it's kind of Snyder's zombified love letter to Aliens (1986), as certain character aspects and plot elements mimic James Cameron's momentous sci-fi horror sequel. In a way, Snyder channels some more George A. Romero influence by taking the extra mile and injecting more of a society construct for the zombies walled in Las Vegas, making them fiercely intelligent and domineering. The Patient Zero zombie that runs the whole tribe or society of zombies inside Vegas looks badass and there were moments I was reminded of the leader in John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars (2001). As far as other cool zombies go, the leader's shrieking, spider-hopping Bride and the zombie tiger were welcome additions. As far as human characters go, I dug the whole cast and the roles they portrayed. Except the character of Kate (portrayed by Ella Purnell). Talk about annoying as Hell.
Since this is new to Netflix, I don't really want to spoil much, so I'll just leave it at this: if you liked or loved Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead, chances are you'll love this spiritual successor that plays out like a videogame!

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