Army of the Dead: Invasion of Las Vegas (Zach Snyder, 2021): Film Review
Army of the Dead: Invasion of Las Vegas is a movie I saw in the power of hate. Since we took a break from the channel during the first week of my forced vacation, I did not watch it at launch. However, in the end I gave up when I saw on social media that people speak well and people speak poorly. The one who cursed was right: the film is a joke.
I always see how many people say that Zach Snyder is an esthete, an outstanding artist in the cinematic environment. However, after Batman v Superman, I realized that he was a con man - at least for me. All films are the same, and in Army of the Dead: Invasion of Las Vegas I could guess if he would use slow motion in the next scene. Received almost every time.
The story is another problem with this film: it takes almost an hour and a half to really start. Rather, there is an endless twist in the motivation of every member of the crew, mainly Scott Ward, the character of Dave Bautista (who gets better in the productions where he appears). This is someone with a tragic past, typical of zombie films, and it is he who is recruited for the mission, and then he recruits the team that makes the plan a reality.
In fact, such a plan: invade Las Vegas, dominated by zombies, to enter the casino vault, where millions are abandoned. They have time to get in and out as the government has prepared an atomic bomb to be dropped on the city to eliminate the "problem." Obviously, not everything is going according to plan, and it is from this premise that things start to move forward.
Army of the Dead: Invasion of Las Vegas and Snyder's Manners Snyder, in addition to directing, is responsible for the original story, co-wrote and signs the photography direction. For him, this is an excuse when he can use all the known narrative crutches from his filmography: a camera as close as possible to the actors' faces (to capture emotions), slow cameras (as always) and cropped editing. After all, Army of the Dead: Invasion of Las Vegas is a compilation of all the director's shots taken to the extreme.
In addition, the film also does not support itself as a narrative, it has major plot errors (the good guys from the film enter a city besieged by cover but leave the door open for zombies to enter). healthy civilization) and don't worry until the last half hour. He also brings a pointless line when he shows the "smart zombies" being commanded by the couple. Strange (in the wrong sense).
The hook at the end of the obvious sequel turns out to be not as interesting as Snyder definitely planned. Army of the Dead: Invasion of Las Vegas even has good times, but the balance is negative. This is largely due to the fact that his director is full of manners that he cannot get rid of. He probably wouldn't do it if he could, as there are fans waiting for exactly what he will do.