Army of the Dead – Dead on Arrival

Rating (2 out of 5)

Summary: After a great start introducing the zombie and the main characters, the “Army of the Dead” spirals downhill at a fairly steady pace. What is the saddest part is there were all the elements for a great movie. They had the right actors, and the actors performed well in the roles they were given. Unfortunately, the story was pure chaos.

Let me elaborate a bit on the spiral down. The movie setups the zombies in Vegas, and Scott (Dave Bautista) accepts the mission to attempt the heist. Yes, we have “Ocean’s 11” with zombies. I was really enjoying the film. Once they enter the zombie zone, things fall apart. Here is the main reason, too many subplots.

Are we going to explore the zombies and why there appears to be an intelligent kind? And what was with the zombie baby? Are we going to explore the true intentions of Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada)? Can we explore our relationship with one another while we are fighting zombies? The lack of focus hurt the movie.

There were such good components to build off. Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) and Vanderhoe (Omari Hardwick) were very humorous together. Each of the crew had backstories, but we didn’t need to resolve everything. We definitely didn’t need the corporate bad guy or save Geeta (Huma Qureshi). Actually, Geeta wasn’t even necessary. These scenes were distractions. Without these, we would have had clarity and also a little shorter. The move runs at 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Plot: After Las Vegas is overrun with zombies, the US government will nuke Vegas. Scott and his group have 3 days to sneak into Vegas, get the money, and get out.