Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★

I'm not sure I've ever been so conflicted about a film.

On the one hand, there are the positives:

- A great opening credit montage
- Incredible gore highlighting some fantastic kills
- An impressive action-packed finale
- A couple of surprising deaths
- The diverse cast
- An effort to do something different with the zombies
- The detestable character being just detestable enough
- Some eye-popping, Zach-Snyder shots
- The idea of a zombie tiger
- The film justifying its run-time (the final 5 minutes aside)

But then, on the other end of that spectrum, there are the negatives:

- The staggering amount of disbelief suspending that is required (a wall of containers to surround Las Vegas and not one Alpha or shambler got out? Why did they just not nuke the site from orbit at THAT point? It is, after all, the only way to be sure. Plus 50 other your brain has to be turned off moments)
- The lack of characterisation most of the crew receive
- The lack of motivation given to Kate to justify the choices she makes
- The incessant use of out of focus shots
- The hibernating zombies (it's a great scene, but that scene is the only reason they exist. There's no in-world reason established that demonstrates why the zombies need to hibernate).
- The needle drops
- Zach Snyder's weird obsession with zombie babies
- The dumb as fuck epilogue
- The execution of a zombie tiger (that CG ... woof)

So, yeah, torn.

I guess I'll settle on a very soft three and stop debating it with myself.

3 Zombie Tigers Chowing Down for Army of the Dead.


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