Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★½

There are a handful of funny lines, Dave Bautista once again shows he has decent acting range and the middle section has some of that gory, mindless fun it promises. But at the end of the day this is still a "100 minute at best" concept, dragged out to a completely unnecessary and suffocatingly boring 2-and-a-half hours, that just slobs and chungs along like a bloated fat zombie who can't run. I know that nowadays Snyder is seen as a patron saint for the whole "creative freedom vs the evil studios" battle, but it seems when he is fully given the mantle he just gets hopelessly lost in what type of movie he actually wants to do. Over-the-top exploitation massacre that's gleefully relishes in its own bloody excess and bad taste or a serious father-daughter drama hidden in a zombie heist movie? Or some social satire about current day America like Romero? It tries to be all and fails. And he should never ever take the cinematography duties on himself again. A truly ugly and misguided disappointment.

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