Zack Snyder’s new film, Army of the Dead, will be released on Netflix on May 21st. The filmmaker has previously worked on the DC Universe with the films Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which grossed $873 million, and Justice League, which grossed $658 million. Snyder’s previous films include Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch.
Dave Bautista stars in Army of the Dead alongside Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma S. Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, and Michael Cassidy.
What we can expect from Army of the Dead
Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero, begins the trailer employed at a small-town diner before being hired to pull off a huge heist. A vault with $200 million in cash is hidden under the Las Vegas strip. The only issue is that Vegas is cut off from the rest of the world and infested with zombies. Ward assembles a top-notch crew of robbers, badasses, and zombie-fighting veterans to complete the task, but it proves to be more difficult than he expected.
When the crew arrives in Vegas, they find that the undead have evolved into Alpha zombies, who are stronger, smarter, and seem to have created their own zombie community in the strip’s rubble. And that means a lot of zombie killing, all while Bautista and his gang strive to complete the task and escape with their cash payout.
Snyder’s version of a Fire or High Tide scenario about people who have been left behind in the economy includes zombies, which I thoroughly enjoy. And, while I’ve had problems with a few of Snyder’s projects, I think this one looks fabulous and a lot of fun.
In this film, he worked as his own director of photography, and it appears that he is relishing the freedom to completely construct a world rather than being constrained by constraints. The zombie tiger is a particularly nice touch, but I would have favored it to be a shock in the film itself rather than in the teaser.
The Trailer and Additional Details
I hope they prove that Vegas was quarantined for years and that the United States managed to keep the US dollar safe and valuable while remaining a pleasant place to live. Otherwise, even though a city was quarantined, a zombie epidemic will undoubtedly destabilize a nation and its currency.
Certainly to the point that you wouldn’t have ex-soldiers living in law-abiding poverty, armed soldiers patrolling the quarantine boundary, and someone supporting a team to go into a zombie-infested area with the belief that paper money is worth stealing. Army of the Dead arrives in select theaters on May 14 and on Netflix on May 21, 2021.
Following the much-anticipated release of The Snyder Cut of Justice League on HBO Max last month, the director has had a busy year. Army of the Dead is Snyder’s return to the zombie genre, which he has previously enjoyed success in. In 2004, he directed James Gunn’s underappreciated Dawn of the Dead. If this film is as successful as the first, Snyder and the streaming service could have struck gold. Perhaps not for hired guns attempting to rob zombies.