Director – Zack Snyder
Starring – Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, and Garret Dillahunt.
Run Time – 148 Mins
Budget – 90 Million USD
Release Date – May 21st, 2021
Ratings – ✶ ✶ ✶ 1/2
The movie follows Scott Ward(Dave Bautista), tempted by a Japanese businessman Bly Tanaka to break into a vault in a Las Vegas casino and pick 200 Million USD in hard cash. But Las Vegas is already plagued by Zombies and is covered y its borders entirely by the United States military so that they don’t get out.
The US government plans to nuke the entire city to get rid of the zombies in the city. This opens up an opportunity for a lot of guys to loot anything they want inside the city ruled by zombies. Many get inside the city to see if they can get their hands on some fortune but not all of them can get out. In the lawless land with zombies in charge, Scott puts up a team to help him carry out this mission. However, the task is not that easy as it seems as there are alpha zombies who are supposedly smarter than the regular ones.
Scott on the other hand has had his own personal problems before and was working at a burger joint before this opportunity came in. He wants to reconnect with his daughter and make things right with her and money seems a quick solution to him.
Scott and his team of assassins and a vault operating expert enter into Las Vegas with a bit more than 24 hrs before the entire city is nuked. However, the plan is quickly changed by the government and the nuking time is shifted by 24 hrs. Now how does Scott & his team get out? Will they be able to take the money with them before the time runs out? Was Tanaka stabbing them behind their backs? All these questions will be answered when you watch Army Of The Dead.
The concept of alpha zombies is captivating too and plays a crucial role in the movie’s main premise.
Dave Bautista is in the lead, the WWE wrestler turned actor admitted that he was a bit hesitant in signing the film. He had this and The Suicide Squad to choose with and he went ahead with this one. His performance in this movie is good to watch and he is turning better acting wide with more movies he does.
Ella Purnell plays his daughter and plays her part perfectly as Scott Ward’s daughter that has had some problems with him. Omari Hardwick plays Vanderohe who is a clinical zombie killer and has innovative ways to kill them. Nora Arnezder a french actress slays in her role as Coyote who plays an integral role in getting people inside the city to carry out their missions.
Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera is an associate of Scott Ward, his best friend, and his well-wisher. Ana has significant screen time alongside Dave and leads the supporting cast. Tig Notaro plays Marianne Peters, a chopper specialist who is integral to the mission.
Indian actress Huma Qureshi plays Geeta an Indian mother who is looking to secure a future for her kids. She plays her part as a terrified but courageous mother well and her role though small will be significant in in terms of the plot trajectory.
Tig had to perform most of her scenes behind the green screen as she replaced Chris D’Elia. Chris had previously shot his scenes but the producers decided to cut his role entirely due to a sexual misconduct allegation against him. So Tig was named the last-minute replacement and was made to do her scenes alone. Later the CGI team worked a way to include her in the movie.
The CGI job on Tig is so crisp that anyone would be surprised to know about the fact that she wasn’t there on the set for the most part.
On the CGI front, the movie looks crisp as the budget suggests. This is undoubtedly the most expensive zombie film ever made so you can expect a lot of killings and large movie sets used throughout the film. The background although heavily aided by CGI does really look like a war-torn Las Vegas.
By all means watch this with your siblings or friends, especially if you’re a fan of horror/zombie genres. We can assure you that this will be a special extravaganza and something you don’t want to miss If you’re a horror freak.
Genuine zombie movies made in Hollywood throughout the year are very few in number. And if you take into account the budget that goes with it, it is a given that most of them are made within a 10 Million USD budget. Army Of The Dead on the other hand will give you the big-budget experience that was previously reserved only for big action flicks.