We’re very close to seeing and talking about a Zack Snyder film that isn’t the Snyder Cut of Justice League as ARMY OF THE DEAD hits theaters this Friday ahead of its streaming debut on Netflix. The trailers have given us an indication that Snyder is returning to his Dawn of the Dead remake roots with his latest effort and it looks like his return to form may be a winner because early social media reactions for the film have been very positive.
Many of the reactions are praising Army of the Dead for being an extremely fun ride that brings together all the right elements to make an entertaining zombie-action hybrid. The opening sequence, in particular, is getting high notices so far on social media and while there are some early reviews that think Snyder could’ve cut the runtime and that it meanders a bit, the vast majority think that fans will definitely like what they see. You can check out some of the early reactions below…including ours!
Our @cbumbray also got to see #ArmyOfTheDead last week. His review drops at noon ET tomorrow – but he had a blast with it. From beginning to end a rock solid zombie shoot em’ up with very human stakes. A kick ass flick.
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) May 10, 2021
Army of The Dead is a violent, gory, and bloody blast. Zack Snyder’s latest is a ridiculously fun and over the top genre bending zombie film. While the entire cast is great, Matthias Schweighöfer steals every scene. Oh, and the opening credits are absolutely epic. #ArmyoftheDead pic.twitter.com/6Seg3l1AFG
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) May 10, 2021
I saw #ArmyoftheDead and I’m all-in on this world.
Pretty sure Zack Snyder just beat WB to the punch and made his own Suicide Squad movie, but with zombies. How about that. pic.twitter.com/xUb0lnylTs
— KIrsten (@KirstenAcuna) May 10, 2021
#ArmyOfTheDead is bloody fun! Has great zombie action, character banter & killer music. Also, quite funny. Loved the world created by @ZackSnyder & that every character has a moment to shine. His style matches perfectly with the zombie genre. Opening credits are ????#ZombieVerse pic.twitter.com/vhbaKjX8KV
— Fico (@FicoCangiano) May 10, 2021
#ArmyOfTheDead’s opening credits sequence is delicious, pure camp. While the rest of the film doesn’t sustain that tone (& meanders), there are lots of wild, deftly executed concepts & scenes centered on the heist. Even more audacious is there’s an unexpected infusion of heart. pic.twitter.com/TPGFC2nG2I
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 10, 2021
I found myself wanting more from #ArmyOfTheDead overall. It’s well cast and often funny. But despite blending the heist/zombie genres, there’s not much newness added to either. One or two fresh setpieces amid familiar blood n gore, but outside of that, you’ve seen it more or less pic.twitter.com/u4Bd0Ra5Ap
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) May 10, 2021
@ZackSnyder “Army of the Dead” was a helluva ride!
Scary, action-packed & fun!
A wildly entertaining firepower zombie flick that features some of the best death scenes ever!
— Rama’s Screen (@RamasScreen) May 10, 2021
You absolutely feel the runtime toward the end but honestly, #ArmyOfTheDead rips. Just let Zack Snyder keep making zombie movies!
— Vinnie Mancuso (@VinnieMancuso1) May 10, 2021
#ArmyOfTheDead is Snyder’s best since Watchmen. His efforts to keep visuals interesting (he’s his own DP for this one) plays well with the “big dumb fun” energy that holds throughout, with the added bonus of a few characters playing better than they are written due to the cast.
— Aaron Neuwirth (@AaronsPS4) May 10, 2021
#ArmyoftheDead is a fucking blast. Like most Snyder films, it’s about 20 minutes too long, but that doesn’t matter when you’re having so much fun.
World-building is intriguing, evolution of the zombie genre is fitting. Watch this movie with as many people as possible.
— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) May 10, 2021
#ArmyOfTheDead was VERY much my kind of thing. As hoped, the setting + Zack Snyder’s eye = a downright stunning display of zombie mayhem and carnage. Fell mighty hard for the whole ensemble, but I might need a 2.5 hour movie about just these two … pic.twitter.com/j6daBtuCOL
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) May 10, 2021
What are YOUR thoughts on the early reactions to Army of the Dead? Per Netflix, here is the official synopsis for the film which hits select theaters on May 14, 2021, and Netflix on May 21, 2021.
From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), 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 displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now 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 quarantined zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), his ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy security guard; and a brilliant German safecracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. 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: survivors take all.