Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★★

When a zombie infested Las Vegas is about to be nuked, a team of mercenaries led by Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) are recruited by a casino owner to break into the city and retrieve money hidden in a safe.

Army of the Dead is one of those films that is A) an absolute blast from beginning to end and B) takes its genius premise and just really runs with it. The story does drag a bit in places and is a bit predictable towards the end but it still remains completely entertaining throughout. It balances the wild, crazy moments with the sincere, emotionally beats really well. Characters and their arcs, especially Scott, are also well written.

Dave Bautista is on fantastic form as Scott. Ella Purnell is also great as his daughter Kate. Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Raúl Castillo, Tig Notaro and Samantha Win do brilliant work as the other members of the team. Garret Dillahunt, Hiroyuki Sanada and Human Quershi provide very good support.

The film's hyper stylised visual style really suits the insane tone of the story. A fantastic and incredibly tense sequence is when the group has to move quietly through a hallway of zombies. Junkie XL's awesome and bombastic score is epic, especially towards the end.

Final thought: A really fun and inventive spin on the zombie film. I would love to see a sequel to this.

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