Zack Snyder is clearly relieved to be done with superheroes for now and has returned to the genre that broke him through: the zombie movie. Unfortunately ARMY OF THE DEAD is an over-stuffed and largely ponderous affair. The promising premise of a heist in an undead-infested Vegas takes about an hour of a ludicrous 150 minute runtime to actually get going and it’s oddly lacking in tension for all the gory thrills. The ensemble cast playing all the usual archetypes are a mixed bag with only Matthias Schweighöfer and the late-in-the-day recast Tig Notaro making any real impact as they’re given all the best lines. Worth watching for the dazzling opening titles montage that’s like what ZOMBIELAND did but with triple the budget and a very Snyder-y needle drop. Whether you’ll want to stay for the rest of this only intermittently entertaining slog is another matter. SSP
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