Whether you love or hate him, Zack Snyder is a very busy man. After the re-release of Justice League’s Snyder Cut, he made Army of The Dead for Netflix; a zombie heist film. I have mixed feelings about the film. Although I enjoyed it, I couldn’t help but question the writing once the movie was finished. And the more I think about it, the more silly things I’m noticing.
The world of Army of The Dead is an interesting one. From the very beginning, I was intrigued by the world that was set up. There is this constant presence of something fishy going on. From the Alpha Zombie coming from Area 51 to the blue-skulled robot looking zombies that show up in some amazing death scenes.
The hints are subtle as they are often seen in quick scenes you’d miss if you blink. But there is something else happening in this film that is never explained. Instead viewers need to dissect it, which I think was intentional.
There is a prequel film and anime series in the works. So, hopefully, it will expand on these little hints and shed some light on what is really going on.
Is This A Video Game?
This film felt a lot like a video game. It’s like Zack Snyder was playing some zombie games and being a badass (as one does), then decided to make a film like that. Army of the Dead was a lot of fun although the characters are dumb.
A lot of the plot is pushed forward by character stupidity. As a writer, I know that sound logic and reason will make a story very dull, but this was blatant and it felt like there was no attempt to sweep it under the rug.
Why do characters just stare at their friend fighting off zombies and not intervene? Did that girl with no combat training really sneak into the zombies’ main hub with nothing but a pistol and one magazine? Why is that dude staring at his companions instead of boarding the helicopter? What is even going on with the main plan?
This film has its flaws (mostly in the writing department), but it is still worth a watch due to how chaotic it is. It’s a “don’t think about it too much and just watch” kind of film. Although I am interested in seeing more from this world and more of those little sneaky hints to something larger going on.