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Army of the Dead (2021)
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First good things:
  • nice use of lens flares and bokeh
  • a lot of action - never bored a single minute
  • opening credits scene simply great

and the less good ones:
  • the colors where... meh - not cinematographic at all, can't explain... it seemed to watch a glorified two-episodes-in-one of The Walking Dead
  • some CGI lacks realism - like tiger attack or chopper fall
  • no fast zombie on a fast zombie horse could be faster than a chopper - unless the director thinks his zombies are superhero like other characters in his own previous movies
  • where the zombie tiger go at the end?!?
  • the story was good but far from original - I'll write more later
  • I knew what it will happen to some characters minutes or hours before - again, more later.

So, at the end, did I like it? Well, I can't dislike a well made action movie involving zombies, yet I expected something more. It's good, but I expected some excellence. Yes, I liked it, but not how much I wanted to.

My vote: 6/10



OK, back to the story; it's a good heist genre involving zombies. BUT... someone could say it's fresh, but I found it lacking quite some originality... I'd try to remember some other movies with similar scenes or approach, but surely I missed a lot of them.
  • fast zombies: World War Z, others
  • smarter zombies: Z Nation, I Am Legend, Fido, others
  • city destroyed by a bomb: The Crazies, AVP:R, others
  • hybernated creatures in a corridor: Silent Hill
  • zombie animals: Resident Evil, Z Nation, others
  • baby zombie: Z Nation
  • someone hidden somewhere surviving nuclear bomb: Indiana Jones 4, others?
  • someone bitten unexpectly: Resident Evil: Extinction, others

  • chopper disappearing but returning: Aliens, others
  • hidden traps before a treasure: countless
  • flying vehicle on the roof as final escape: Escape from New York, various
  • zombie head in a bag: various

And yes, I must admit I often predict what will happen in a movie, due to the fact I watched so many and many of them have similar (or even duplicated) dialog lines and stories. But I knew what will happen next when:

  • presentation of the three main badass characters - Scott will die, probably as a zombie
  • the Japanese's right hand sent with them - a traitor, will kill someone, would die in a bad way
  • Scott's daughter promised to not run away - she will surely find a way to run away to save her friend
  • the Coyote decided to hire the stupid man - she has a secret reason for that
  • the zombie King touched his Queen's belly - she's obviously pregnant
  • the girl asked the Japanese's man to go ahead - he will lead her in the wrong way
  • the zombie tiger appeared - she will surely kill someone, probably the Japanese's man
  • the German pushed Vanderohe inside the safe - he will survive the atomic bomb, but he will discover to be bitten
  • the Coyote took out the Queen's head - she will surely leave it to splat on the ground
  • Scott asked pilot to stay - she will surely be not there when he's back but will return
  • the zombie King jumped on the chopper - he will bite Scott and then die, the chopper will have an accident, Scott and his wife for sure will survive (dunno the pilot) but the daughter will be forced to kill his father because he turned as zombie, as he did with his mother

I might have forgot some other one, but I watched it yesterday...
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Don't be your own cinematographer if you don't know how to do it is all I got from it
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I thought it was well done and could have been really good, but I hated pretty much all of the characters.
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I was excited enough about this movie to go see it in theaters when it played for about a week

Never ended up getting all that into it. Not very satisfying as either a zombie movie nor a heist movie.

Some of the characters/actors were appealing, but it really didn't matter with this plot.

It has a lot of the same issues I tend to have with Snyder's movies in general. Oh well.
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Despite some effects i liked the movie in a technical sense. The story though was underwhelming. If Snyder wanted to do a zombie heist movie, he should’ve done it, but not this clinical drama (father, daughter, love story…*meeh*).

My vote is similiar to spoRvs: 5,5/10; 2,5/5*
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(2021-06-12, 06:48 PM)spoRv Wrote: [*]no fast zombie on a fast zombie horse could be faster than a chopper - unless the director thinks his zombies are superhero like other characters in his own previous movies
[*]where the zombie tiger go at the end?
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The episode with chopper is that they fly away and after convincing the pilot they come back for the girl, that's how zombie horse was in time.
They came with the helicopter on the roof, why does it matter what zombie tiger did?
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The script is absolute garbage, not to mention all the other issues. This video sums it up pretty well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC1LiBBkDdo
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(2021-06-21, 02:10 PM)interaser Wrote: The episode with chopper is that they fly away and after convincing the pilot they come back for the girl, that's how zombie horse was in time.

Let's assume the chopper goes at 120km/h (probably more) while the zombie horse at 60km/h.
Let's also assume the pilot headed in the opposite direction before changing her mind, 30 seconds later.
In 30s the chooper made 1km, then in the next 30s to get at the same point it left another km, so let's say they lost one minute.
Can a zombie climb down ten (or more) stories in one minute? I don't think so, but say it is possible.
Then, at whatever distance the second building was, the chopper would make it in half time... still, he was arriving at the same time (along with other zombies, that I guess they should not be as fast as a horse)
Sure, I concede that's just a minor plot nonsense after all, that could be easily forgiven if the rest was flawless.

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They came with the helicopter on the roof, why does it matter what zombie tiger did?
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Well, I expected her to have some role at the end, but probably she had a good nap after eating the man! Big Grin
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TIGER OF THE DEAD

An upcoming trilogy of 2½hr films based around the beloved character from Army of the Dead, plus an accompanying Anime prequel series covering it's origin story
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(2021-06-22, 07:26 PM)zoidberg Wrote: TIGER OF THE DEAD

An upcoming trilogy of 2½hr films based around the beloved character from Army of the Dead, plus an accompanying Anime prequel series covering it's origin story

I don't know if I have to laugh if it's a joke, or to worry if it's true! Big Grin
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