Army Of The Dead is a blast to watch! Zach Snyder’s take on the zombie-heist delivers the gore, action, and fun. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Army of The Dead dropped in theaters this past weekend and will be streaming on Netflix Friday, May 21st. The film was written and directed by Zack Snyder who is not a newcomer to these sorts of zombie films, having remade the critically acclaimed classic Dawn Of The Dead in 2003. Does Snyder’s new zombie-heist film prove to be another winner? Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Army Of The Dead Parents Guide
In Army Of The Dead, a zombie outbreak hits Las Vegas and ravages the city. Now the city is walled off leaving the last of the zombies within it and is set to be bombed by a low-grade nuclear missile to destroy the zombies there. Before that happens Mr. Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) wants to recover 200 million dollars of his that is locked in a safe beneath the city. So, he hires Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) to put together a group of mercenaries to venture into the quarantined zone to pull off the heist.
Army Of The Dead Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to view Army Of The Dead.
Language: Army of The Dead contains some harsh language with profanity used throughout, including words: sh*t, f*ck and more.
Violence: Other than language, the biggest lookout in this film is the violence it contains. As one can imagine with a movie based on zombies, you will see plenty of death, gore, bloody scenes, guns, gun battles, stabbings, and explosions.
Sexual Content/Nudity: There is a scene at the beginning of the film where oral sex is implied in a car, as one character leans over to perform the implied sex while another character is driving. There is also a scene where topless female zombies are shown.
While Army of the Dead doesn’t reinvent the zombie/horror genre by any means, it is a great addition to the pantheon of films that has come before it. The premise of how the outbreak in Las Vegas occured takes place mostly during the opening credits, so by the time the movie gets going you are already on board. The origin of infection is never explained, but there is clearly a zombie zero, and when that zombie bites someone they become alpha, and when an alpha bites someone they become beta basically. The alpha zombies are smarter, faster, and stronger then their bretheren and definitely ones to watch out for.
Humans living outside the walls built of shipping containers seem to have become complacent after the outbreak but are desperately poor. So the idea of adding a heist element to the film makes sense as means to get anyone willing to go in and brave the onslaught of the undead. Most of the characters introduced lack backstories of any kind, so you never fully make a connection, but knowing that many will undoubtably die because, duh, zombies, you won’t end up feeling bad when they do.
At 2 1/2 hours the film is quite long and at times it certainly feels like it, but it is well filmed and certain subplots keep it from being a long drawn out bore. The main stars of course are the zombies and plenty of action which is the draw for zombie movies anyway. The zombies look great and there is no shortage of bloody carnage and associated viscera flying to and fro, and of course Las Vegas is a great backdrop for an apocolyptic film such as Army of the Dead.