Now that some of the sturm und drang about Zack Snyder’s Justice League have faded, it’s probably time to start talking about his next film – heading to both Netflix and ‘select cinemas’ at the end of May. Army of the Dead is a typically bombastic, high-concept action-fest from the director and brings a lot of firepower to the zombie genre.
Army of the Dead takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who’s flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted… it’s survivors take all.
Alongside Bautista and Sanada, there’s a ensemble of familiar faces: Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, comedienne Tig Notaro (most recently seen in Star Trek: Discovery), Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Michael Cassidy, Richard Cetrone, and Garret Dillahunt (late of another zombie mainstay Fear the Walking Dead).
Will this be a top-notch, guilty-pleasure actionfest or the (un)dying CGI throes of an over-exposed genre?
We have two words for you: zombie tiger!
Army of the Dead arrives 21st May…