Army of The Dead is the best piece of zombie filmmaking in decades with out the parodies and satires such as Zombieland of course. Zack Snyder has always been a polarizing filmmaker, dividing audiences with his vision, rather a love it or hate film. There are not in between with his style. I love him for it, sans Sucker Punch. His new film is no exception.
Zombie films are not supposed to look this pristine as it did in Army of The Dead, but at the same time its breathtaking and a breath of fresh air into the sub-genre since the Romero films Zombie films have been missing for so long. It almost feels like a Mad Max style Zombie film with its production design and elaborate set pieces you see on the big screen (Or TV depending where you see it) I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen where it needs to be seen.
Dave Bautista shows off range in Army of The Dead his previous films have not allowed him to yet, he is a one-of-a-kind imposing action star as he surprisingly wearing his heart on his sleeve and being so soft spoken. Making him out to be a very relatable action star to the masses. He deserves a lot of kudos for his performance in Army of The Dead that will be talked about for a long time.
Comedian Tig Notaro plays it like a female Tom Cruise being a Les Grossman type pilot becoming a sincere scene stealer in the film nailing every line she has which will be a breakout performance for her to lead to bigger movies. Ella Purnell bounces off Dave Bautista so well in this movie you wish there will be a prequel dedicated to them. We know we are getting an animated prequel series so hopefully one of those episodes well explore them.
The best on screen duo for Army of The Dead was Omari Hardwick and Matthias Schweighofer are terrific as the movies odd couple. The zombies in this movie may be the deciding factor on how you like it as they are more alphas in Army of The Dead than I have ever seen in any movie before. Overall, Its safe to say I loved Army of The Dead and it ranks up there with some of Zack Snyder’s best work.
Overall grade: 5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar