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I keep thinking that i will end up getting sick from the zombie movies, but that never happens. Don’t get me wrong: I’m fully aware that most of them are terrible, but even the worst zombie movie usually has a moment or two to watch. Truly memorable zombie movies really only need a few things to be considered classics: at least one great horror play, some pretty good violence, and something the movie tries to say about modern society.

Zack Snyder’s new zombie installment, “Army of the Dead” covers all of these bases while being filled with memorable characters and some quirky ideas. Snyder is having a great year with this film, with his version of “Justice League” finally coming out, but for those who have issues with his directorial style, the non-stop use of flashbacks or shallow intrigue, so “Army of the Dead” is not going to convert new fans.

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  • Dave Bautista makes a murder in Vegas in “Army of the Dead”.

The film follows Dave Bautista as Scott Ward, a former mercenary hired by a ruthless billionaire to take a team to the walled city of Las Vegas to steal $ 200 million from a casino safe. The catch is, Vegas is now filled with zombies – some of them slow and dumb like “Night of the Living Dead” and the original “Dawn of the Dead”, and some fast and super smart like “28 Days Later ”and the 2004 Snyder Remake of“ Dawn of the Dead ”.

So basically what we have here is a heist movie of the “Ocean’s 11” genre, mixed in with a Michael Bay military action movie, smashed with a big budget, full scale horror epic like “World “Brad Pitt Z’s War.” The movie dances well between genres and has a good pace to run for 148 minutes, but it also feels like the first entry in a new franchise as opposed to something that stands out well on its own. It doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger but leaves a few threads that exist so as not to create ambiguity, but for a future filmmaker to come back to the world in a few years. Since there is already a prequel and an animated series. in the works, also expect a sequel someday.

Snyder also acts as his own cinematographer here, with “Army of the Dead” being his first digitally shot film. Some of his lighting and compositions are gorgeous, others being so muddy and fuzzy that it seems like he struggled to focus (he also acted as a cameraman). The film swings so much between beautiful and ugly that it’s hard to say what it really is.

“Army of the Dead” isn’t a good movie, but I can’t really call it terrible either. I loved the characters and the blood, and the zombies were disgusting and cool at the same time. At the same time, the script was boring and the cinematography ugly. There’s a lot to like about the movie while being filled with things that are also easy to nitpick. If you’re like me and still have a constant love for the zombie genre, you’ve probably watched it before, but if you’ve got zombie exhaustion, it won’t rekindle your love for the living dead either. I guess we all have to decide whether to bury the genre, once and for all.

Army of the dead
Dir. Zack Snyder
Category B-
Now streaming on Netflix


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