Army of the Dead Review

A movie made especially for the fans of zombies and Zack Snyder

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What is the story about?

Army Of The Dead is set in a time when a zombie outbreak has ruined Las Vegas and caused it to be cordoned off from the rest of the world. It is scheduled to be nuclear bombed to get rid of the flesh-eating Zombies, but there is a secret treasure buried deep inside the city, with massive 200-million dollars stacked inside. Former casino boss Bly Tanaka wants to get hold of that money before the government's nuking and he approaches a former zombie war hero, Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) who is currently making burgers for a living. Ward takes up the challenge to break into a zombie infested-quarantine to retrieve the money located beneath the strip and recruits a motley crue of experts. He also wants to use to money to reconcile with his estranged daughter, Kate who has joined the search for a missing mother, Geeta (Huma Qureshi). Together along with his team they try to pull-off a heist right in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and have just four days to spare. 


For fans of zombie movies and Zack Snyder movies, this movie serves as a double treat. It has lots of zombies, including a zombie tiger and lots of action. Army Of The Dead is Zack's return to a zombie-horror-comedy after his Dawn Of The Dead in 2004. However, Army Of The Dead is even bigger and has more opulence than the previous outing of his. It has lots of characters, action sequences and a cleverly crafted storyline. Add all of that to the fact this is not just a run-of-the-mill zombie movie, but also has a heist that forms the main crux of the story. The movie opens to a couple eloping after a Vegas Wedding, zombie strippers, an Elvis-impersonator...well all the Las Vegas tropes. There are also the hibernating zombies who wake up if you shine a light on their faces. Snyder has ensured that no matter how many blood gurgling zombies and dead bodies you see, there's the hint of dead-pan humour too. However, all of this seems right for a movie that can be an hour and half long...for two and half hours, it is a lot to take in. But there is a lot of intrigue, carnage and it seems as if Snyder has created a revolution in the Zombie movie genre.The movie is a bit slow-paced, especially some parts about the zombies roaming around and attacking our heroes seem a bit repetitive. At times you do feel that it is mindless, but nevertheless fun. Snyder's movie has a lot of goriness and grotesque killing sequences, but you can forgive him for that. Afterall, what is a zombie movie without all the blood and brains? 


Dave Bautista as the sombre yet tough Scott Ward is our hero and we root for him till the end. He has the most screentime in the movie as he is the lead, ofcourse. Being an India, ofcourse I was hoping to see a lot of Huma Qureshi on the screen as she plays a single mother to her children and wants to make a life for herself. But sadly, she doesn't have enough of screentime. The rest of the cast include Nora Arnezeder, Garret Dillahunt, Theo Rossi, Samantha Win, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro, Matthias Schweighofer, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Ella Purnell, Hiroyuki Sanada who have all done a fair enough job with their roles.

Music & Other Departments

The movie opens to the rendition of 'Viva Las Vegas'. There are lots of songs that are played throughout the run-time of the movie. There are lots of special effects and the action sequences are truly amazing. Special mention for the makeup and costume departments for ensuring that the zombies look devastating. As for the direction, for someone who has been a Zack Snyder fan I was not disappointed at all. True, the movie could be silly and mindless at times, but it is a zombie film, you have to let the director take some artistic liberties. 


Good storyline
Good action sequences
Excellent casting


2.5 hours of runtime is not justified
Some scenes are too gory and grotesque
It could have been shorter by half an hour

Did I enjoy it?

For someone who loves Zombie films, I loved it. It was an intriguing and an exhilirating ride. I wish I could have seen it in a theatre on a big screen. 

Do I recommend it?

Watch it only if you are a lover of the zombie genre and of Zack Snyder.

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