Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★½

The concept - a heist movie set in a zombie apocalypse - is inventive and intriguing. Unfortunately, the concept is about the only thing that works. It's no secret by this point that I really don't respond to Snyder's STYLE. I'm consistently irritated by his constant attempts to posture as cool by overusing slow motion, his reliance on music (whether it be guitar riff intros or slow 'mournful' versions of familiar tunes) to demand responses instead of earning them with character work, and his video game style action sequences. His movies almost always feel to me like the cinematic equivalent of the guy at the party who can't stop telling you how much he can drink and how awesome he is. All this is to say that I went in skeptical. And it turns out I was right to be. This one's on me - I knew what I was getting into and I did it anyway. 

Things were looking up at the very start, as the movie seems self aware and funny during the inciting event of the introduction. Almost immediately afterwards it begins to spiral. The introduction of our characters in action defending Las Vegas feels like it goes on forever and things only get more lacklustre from there. The "let's get the team together" scene is so generic that it might as well be the Rick & Morty episode mocking heist movies ("You son of a bitch, I'm in!"). It then proceeds to just play out as a paint by numbers hybrid of a post apocalyptic survival movie and a heist movie with very few surprises. You'll be able to predict nearly everything that happens if you can muster enough interest to bother. 

Anyway, I've wasted too much time on this. I generally don't like to just complain and there isn't much else I can do with a movie like this so I'll wrap up here. I found it annoying. It tested my patience felt never ending, and didn't really offer anything beyond a cool concept. I'll say that Tig Notaro was awesome though and I hope she can land more roles like this in the future. As for my future, hopefully I've learned my lesson this time and it holds
less Snyder movies in it.

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