The first ratings for Netflix Army of the Dead So director Zack Snyder has managed to reinvent the zombie genre, as he had hoped, or is the film just another patchwork quilt made of slow-motion sequences and nonsensical plot devices? Well, the movie currently has a 77% approval rating for Rotten Tomatoes, Snyder’s highest score ever Army of the Dead a trip to zombie infested Vegas will be worth it.
Variety’s reviewer Owen Gleiberman enjoyed the popcorn thrill of Army of the DeadI believe there is more than enough going on to keep everyone happy.
“A stylishly grandiose, muscular, but conventional popcorn pageant that offers something for almost everyone.”
Comicbook.com’s Charlie Ridgley also found a lot to like about the film, despite some of the messy plots it gave Army of the Dead a very impressive 4 out of 5.
“It’s certainly messy at times and some of the subplots don’t quite find their place, but it’s an imaginative and downright exhilarating ride that is hard to enjoy.”
Apart from the action, many have praised Dave Bautista’s performance. Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph said, “Everyone here has been cast for their faces, not their names – and Snyder’s camera is examining the toll the raid is taking on each one.” closely of them, especially Bautista, who remains one of the most soulful in modern Hollywood. “
Josh Wilding of ComicBookMovie.com echoed these views, saying: “Zack Snyder makes zombies cool again in Army of the Dead, but falls into bad habits along the way. Dave Bautista steals the show, however, and the film is funny, stupid, and crazy enough to make this a franchise that we hope to see ourselves in again. “
Rolling Stone’s K. Austin Collins argued that the zombie film failed to properly elaborate certain elements and left some interesting details unexplored, but instead relied on the talent of the cast.
“Because the film doesn’t – not even when it comes to giving us a taste, a literal taste of zombie-on-zombie, rotten-meat-on-rotten-meat romance – what happens standing up It’s not so much about the film itself, but about the cast that supports it. “
Alonso Duralde of The Wrap said similarly, “While it’s the best movie Snyder has made since his last death, it also keeps pointing out the more satisfying work it could have been.” Slashfilm’s Chris Evangelista, meanwhile, certainly found a lot to enjoy, but wasn’t sure if that was a good thing, comparing the experience to the run-down town at the center of the film. “There’s some fun in Army of the Dead, but it’s the pointless, ugly fun you regret the next day if you regret it. Think about it, it’s like going to Las Vegas.”
While the response has been largely positive, there have been a few critics, and Screen Rant’s Molly Freeman found Army of the Dead to be a flat movie getaway despite some exciting action set pieces.
“Snyder’s Army of the Dead provides some compelling action and shocking visuals, but isn’t smart or funny enough to be more than a flat zombie movie.”
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw was also far from in love Army of the Deadand found the whole thing to be a humorless slog.
“It’s all just a monumental splatter festival where the army of the dead of the zombies pit against people who are not very much alive, and all of it basically without jokes.”
Of course, like most of Snyder’s work, the director makes films that appeal to a very specific fan base for them Army of the Dead should prove very satisfactory. At least according to Ian Sandwell of Digital Spy …
“Will Army of the Dead change the opinion of Snyder critics? Probably not. But for Snyder fans and anyone looking for bloodthirsty zombie action, the film hits the jackpot.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, he wrote a screenplay with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold with an ensemble that includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer and Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Samantha Win, Huma Qureshi and Garret Dillahunt, Army of the Dead takes place after a zombie outbreak that left Las Vegas in ruins and cut itself off from the rest of the world.
Bautista leads the pack as Scott Ward, an displaced Vegas local and former zombie war hero who is now turning burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home. Ward is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) with the ultimate suggestion: Break into the zombie infested quarantine zone to get $ 200 million in a vault under the strip before the city can be removed within 32 hours Government is destroyed. Driven by the hope that the payoff could pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward accepts the challenge and puts together a team of experts for the robbery.
Scott soon finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition in search of Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who disappeared in town. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of alpha zombies, only one thing is certain in the biggest heist ever attempted: survivors take it all.
Army of the Dead is expected to be released on May 21, 2021 in select US theaters and digitally on Netflix. The first 15 minutes will be released this Thursday during a special online event. Despite evidence to the contrary, the streaming giant has great faith in Snyder and his ability to start a franchise with one Army of the Dead Prequel, Army of thieves, also in planning. The film revolves around one of the main characters from Army of the DeadLudwig Dieter (played by actor Matthias Schweighöfer), who will also appear as a director, with the story about the first days of the zombie outbreak in Las Vegas.
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