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Army of the Dead [Zack Snyder, Netflix]

  • 21-02-2021 7:09pm
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    Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Synder's second film for 2021 alongside the Justice League redo. Announced in 2008 but Netflix acquired it in what seems like a classic case of "nobody else wanted it" scenario familiar at this stage. There's apparently a trailer coming soon...

    It stars David Bautista, the premise being a bunch of criminals breaking into a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak


    https://twitter.com/ZackSnyder/status/1363501327184134146


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  • Registered Users Posts: 56,402 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    I have to say I have been looking forward to this since it was announced by Netflix two years ago as I actually really liked Snyder's Dawn of the Dead.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,563 ✭✭✭ FortuneChip


    More interested in this than his Justice League movie anyway.

    As said, Dawn Of The Dead was really good.
    Fan of Garret Dillahunt, and you can only assume Bautista is well suited for this sort of movie.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    I thought this sounded like the best concept ever when I heard it first.

    Had no idea it even in production. Yay!


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Dades wrote: »
    I thought this sounded like the best concept ever when I heard it first.

    Had no idea it even in production. Yay!

    It feels like a perfect B Movie, almost Grindhouse level of a story, I'm just not sure Synder is the man to pull it off. He takes stuff so seriously I'd wonder has he the right senses to have some fun with the idea.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,460 ✭✭✭ WrenBoy


    I've put this on my watch list.
    Can I just say imo Dave Bautista has no business being as good as he is. He was just supposed to be head henchman or the boss before the final boss in Action flicks like Stone Cold or Triple H before him but I think he's great, even in the shlocky stuff he's usually the best part. Don't know why but I think he's neat. Only the Rock has done as well after transitioning from wrestling to acting with pants on. :pac:


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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Yeah, I'm a fan of Big Dave as well! Very watchable onscreen.
    pixelburp wrote: »
    It feels like a perfect B Movie, almost Grindhouse level of a story, I'm just not sure Synder is the man to pull it off. He takes stuff so seriously I'd wonder has he the right senses to have some fun with the idea.
    Dawn of the Dead was great, but BvS was soooo grim I hated it.

    The publicity stills suggest it will be more action madness than navel gazing.

    Army-of-the-Dead-first-look-cast-photo-700x458.jpg


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Dades wrote: »
    Yeah, I'm a fan of Big Dave as well! Very watchable onscreen.

    Dawn of the Dead was great, but BvS was soooo grim I hated it.

    The publicity stills suggest it will be more action madness than navel gazing.

    I hope so because when I first read of this I thought "urgh, more Synder", but now I'm wondering. Thinking if Synder might find new fans and plaudits if he just embraced his inner trash merchant, and pivoted away from the earnestness. And that's not meant as an insult, junk food is good for the soul, but it's plainly obvious (at least to this opinionator) that Synder on Serious Mode can be a bit of a drag. But his highly stylised schtick would go well with something more flash-fried.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,047 ✭✭✭ EoinMcLovin




  • Registered Users Posts: 56,402 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson




  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    I wonder if Capcom's legal department is speculating if they have a case; some of that really felt like it was riffing on Dead Rising 2.

    Very much a teaser, that video. Hard to be totally sure of the tone, but yeah. It looks like we might finally get some "fun Synder". One can only hope.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,408 ✭✭✭✭ yourdeadwright


    Dades wrote: »
    Yeah, I'm a fan of Big Dave as well! Very watchable onscreen.

    Dawn of the Dead was great, but BvS was soooo grim I hated it.

    The publicity stills suggest it will be more action madness than navel gazing.

    Army-of-the-Dead-first-look-cast-photo-700x458.jpg



    Didn't Chris Delia get replaced due to all the allegations ,


    He would have provided a nice comedy aspect in this , not sure who replaced him,


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Didn't Chris Delia get replaced due to all the allegations ,

    He would have provided a nice comedy aspect in this , not sure who replaced him,

    IIRC, Tig Notaro.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,408 ✭✭✭✭ yourdeadwright


    pixelburp wrote: »
    IIRC, Tig Notaro.



    Off course they replaced him with a women , I should have guessed cause wasn't the scandal to do with texting women or something ,


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Off course they replaced him with a women , I should have guessed cause wasn't the scandal to do with texting women or something ,

    Honestly I had never even heard of D'Elia, but had Notaro, finding her quite funny, so seemed like a smart move from my PoV :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 474 ✭✭ dubstepper


    Looking forward to this. Dawn of the dead was good fun. One quibble would be the value of cash in a post apocalyptic world?


  • Registered Users Posts: 443 ✭✭ Xaniaj


    Off course they replaced him with a women , I should have guessed cause wasn't the scandal to do with texting women or something ,

    Texting underage girls and sending unsolicited pics as far as I can remember.

    Looking forward to this, I'm a sucker for zombie movies!


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    dubstepper wrote: »
    Looking forward to this. Dawn of the dead was good fun. One quibble would be the value of cash in a post apocalyptic world?
    I thought the zombie outbreak has been contained to Las Vegas or something so it wasn't a global thing.

    I'm on board with that anyway!


  • Registered Users Posts: 474 ✭✭ dubstepper


    Dades wrote: »
    I thought the zombie outbreak has been contained to Las Vegas or something so it wasn't a global thing

    Right, that makes more sense. I'm in either way :)


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    IIRC that was the premise of Dead Rising 2 as well, the outbreak isolated to Las Vegas - I think that world also had a cure so it wasn't as much of a guaranteed apocalypse either.

    As outbreaks go, Las Vegas probably isn't the worst, given its a city smack bang in the middle of the desert and would disappear within a couple of years were the water and electricity turned off. I imagine it'd be an easier population centre to isolate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,780 ✭✭✭✭ B.A._Baracus


    pixelburp wrote: »
    I wonder if Capcom's legal department is speculating if they have a case; some of that really felt like it was riffing on Dead Rising 2.

    Very much a teaser, that video. Hard to be totally sure of the tone, but yeah. It looks like we might finally get some "fun Synder". One can only hope.

    Yeah! Dead Rising 2 immediately comes to mind.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 56,402 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    May 21st

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,563 ✭✭✭✭ titan18


    I liked his Dawn of the Dead so hopefully this will be as good


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 10,608 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Fysh


    titan18 wrote: »
    I liked his Dawn of the Dead so hopefully this will be as good

    That was screenwritten by James Gunn, who isn't attached to this film. I wouldn't bet on this being the same quality as DotD 2004, although we might be lucky...


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Fysh wrote: »
    That was screenwritten by James Gunn, who isn't attached to this film. I wouldn't bet on this being the same quality as DotD 2004, although we might be lucky...

    Tonally alone I suspect the two movies will be quote divergent. The Dawn remake was a serious beast, strong on the drama and tragedy of the situation. Army appears more like it's going for a fatalistic fun heist.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,780 ✭✭✭✭ B.A._Baracus


    Just realized something more about this movie :pac: (Dead Rising related)

    but lets define "irony"? :pac:

    - So Zack Snyder directed Dawn of the Dead in 2004 (A remake of the George A. Romero movie)

    - Then in 2006, Japanese video game developer Capcom releases Dead Rising. A game set in a shopping mall in Colorado during a zombie outbreak. Sound familiar? ... Capcom even went as far as to put "This game was not developed, approved or licensed by the owners or creators of george a. romero's dawn of the dead" on its boxart to try and avoid legal troubles (you can view the image here)

    - Dead Rising 1 was a commercial success so work for a sequel is greenlit. In 2010, Capcom releases Dead Rising 2. This time it's set in the fictional casino town of "Fortune City, Nevada" (it's reallyLas Vegas even complete with the strip)

    - During the events of the Dead Rising 2
    it is revealed the bad guy caused an outbreak of zombies to rob casinos!
    :pac:

    - Here we are in 2021 and Snyder is directing Army of the Dead which is about a bunch of guys using the zombie outbreak to rob a casino.


    Checkmate huh?


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 10,608 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Fysh


    pixelburp wrote: »
    Tonally alone I suspect the two movies will be quote divergent. The Dawn remake was a serious beast, strong on the drama and tragedy of the situation. Army appears more like it's going for a fatalistic fun heist.

    I mean... It's also the film that used Richard Cheese's cover of Down With The Sickness for a montage and had a big A-Team/MacGuyver nod with the van bit towards the end. I remember it managing to find moments of humour in between the misery without fumbling the tonal shift (which Gunn is good at and Snyder, from what I've seen, is bloody awful at ).


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,047 ✭✭✭ EoinMcLovin




  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,835 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Huh. Not sure how I feel about the "Zombie tribe" idea. Was hoping for something a little more standard, but we'll see. Still looks like it could be a bit of fun.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    pixelburp wrote: »
    Huh. Not sure how I feel about the "Zombie tribe" idea. Was hoping for something a little more standard, but we'll see. Still looks like it could be a bit of fun.
    Yeah that threw me a little. I like my zombies fast but stupid.
    Still absolutely cannot wait for this.

    That Kenny Rogers track...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 678 ✭✭✭ Joe Don Dante


    looks a fun movie . a very good tailer, music makes it ever better


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