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Army of the Dead (2021)

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8/10: Viva Zombies
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Writer & director Zack Snyder is no stranger to zombie sagas. He made his cinematic directorial debut in 2004 with his inspired remake of George A. Romero's 1978 classic "Dawn of the Dead," starring Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, and Jake Weber. Afterward, he staged his suspenseful Spartan saga "300" (2006) with Gerard Butler, and then his magnum opus "Watchmen" (2009), with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, and Patrick Wilson. Snyder followed up this seminal classic with his bizarre, animated adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" (2010), not exactly kid stuff, before he ventured farther out on a limb with a sinister shoot'em up "Sucker Punch" (2011), featuring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, and Vanessa Hudgens. Of course, Snyder reinvented the immortal DC Comics' characters Superman and Batman in "Man of Steel" (2013), toplining Henry Cavill as the eponymous hero, and then in his notorious "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016), launching Ben Affleck...

2/10: even with a veteran hollywood director, netflix still produces trash
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

This movie is a mashup of cliches, tropes, dumb characters and useless subplots. I could tell early on it was going to be bad, but it kept getting worse.Filled with eye-rolling moments, shockingly dumb parts, and things that make no sense. Like a lot. A lot a lot. Including parts that could have changed the entire course of the movie if the characters weren't so dumb in this poorly written script. They even do the anime trope of providing a ridiculous and unnecessary countdown to a deadline that they don't seem to follow at allHow could i forget... almost every single attempt at comedy fell completely flat. Not a chuckle, not even a smirk. Somewhere between crickets and rolling my eyes. And there was one comedic character that was one of the least comedic comedic characters i've ever seen.There were some cool action scenes but not too many. I liked the stylized gore (reminded...

3/10: Bloated like a week old corpse, and stinks almost as much
Sunday, May 23, 2021

Of the five previous Zack Snyder films that I have seen, I have only enjoyed two, but one of those was his excellent 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, so I assumed that the man knows what he is doing when it comes to zombies. Army of the Dead has taught me to assume nothing. This is one of the dumbest zombie films I have seen (and I've seen quite a few). It's full of stupid characters making bad decisions, horrible plot developments, and ridiculous action, and worse still, every scene is either shot with an extremely short depth of field, or some kind of blur effect, which proves irritating in the extreme. Come to think of it, some of the CGI is pretty damn ropey as well (zombie tiger!).Dave Bautista is the star of this bloated two-and-a-half-hour undead crapfest, playing hard-nut Scott Ward, who gives up flipping burgers to assemble...

6/10: One more step and I'll blow her head off. Well, more off
Friday, May 28, 2021

I've been known to seek out both zombie films and caper flicks, so "Army of the Dead" provides a bonus since it incorporates both themes in one movie. But to say this picture had it's fair share of problems would be an understatement, with it's two and a half hour length being one of it's primary issues. That would have been alright if there was something more to the story and the characters, but this is one film where you don't really get to care about any of the players. Only one of them makes it to the end of the picture, and by that time you're left wondering what the point was, since neither of the two goals set out as a premise for the plot were ever achieved. Even the high profile David Bautista fails to inspire much as the leader of the ragtag bunch that heads into a Las Vegas quarantine...

6/10: Seen this one before
Saturday, May 22, 2021

The latest Hollywood zombie blockbuster comes in the shape of ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021), made by Netflix and directed by Zach Snyder, no stranger to the genre after his 2004 DAWN OF THE DEAD remake. This one's an 'anything goes' comic book-style action adventure in which a crack team are sent into Las Vegas to retrieve a fortune from an underground vault. Two things complicate the situation: 1) the entire city is shortly to be nuked, and 2) the city is overrun with fast-moving zombies. I had no idea what to expect from this one and the end result is enjoyable to a degree, albeit with plenty of caveats.The main problem with the film is that it's surprisingly cliched. ALIENS seems to be a particular inspiration here, with one character a direct copy of Vasquez and the entire climax essentially copying the James Cameron classic. The second problem is that at two and a...

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