A military convoy suffers a traffic accident near Las Vegas that unleashes an alpha zombie into its populace. Las Vegas is then overrun with the undead, but a handful of soldiers are able to evacuate some citizens while the government uses shipping containers to construct a wall around the city. Retired soldier Scott Ward, who was one of those who fought his way out of Vegas, now spends his days flipping burgers until wealthy casino owner Bly Tanaka comes in with an offer: assemble a team, crack the vault in Tanaka’s Vegas casino, smuggle out $200 million in cash, and Scott can divvy up $50 million of it among his crew anyway he pleases.
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Dave Bautista, Tig Notaro, Ana de la Reguera, Raúl Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighöfer
Review: If nothing else, Zack Snyder knows how to craft a stimulating visual tableau and he knows how to put on an extravagant show. Army of the Dead might be an explosive and silly spectacle, but that doesn’t make it brainless. If anything, Snyder has proved that there’s still plenty of life behind his particular brand of mayhem. You can feel that the shackles of old studio systems (F**k you Warner Bros.) are gone, and the Godfather of zombie action-horror fandom has returned to his favorite playground with colorful aplomb.
Verdict: Super Worth the Popcorn