Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★½


"Are you ready to play?"

Viva Las Vegas!

Not so much the expected genre reinvention, first indicated by the terrific set-up (ex: the sociological depression of a contemporary United States, forcing disparate victims into another inevitability of death), as it's a moderately engaging, well-crafted aesthetic exercise that eventually revels within its genre trappings. The attempted zombie mythologizing and infrequent yearnings for emotional catharsis mostly fall flat, but I can't recall the last time I've seen something be given life purely through an enthusiastic basis of formality - via Snyder's dynamic technique, here, operating upon a pattern-based structuring of Point A to Point B (and its strategic beats of repetition). Bautista is great. There's a zombie tiger named Valentine. Very silly film.

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