This was an unexpected surprise. When I first heard that this film, Zack Snyder’s return to the Horror genre (and the zombie subgenre in particular) would be a Netflix project I resigned myself to likely never seeing it, or if I did I accepted that it would take a while. Netflix doesn’t get in any hurry about releasing original content onto DVD, if it ever bothers at all. When I learned that Netflix had reached a deal with the Cinemark theater chain to release the movie to theaters before it goes to livestreaming, I was thrilled. Does the movie live up to my heightened expectations? Indeed it does.
See, my expectations weren’t all that heightened, honestly. I enjoyed Zack Snyder’s remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD back in 2004, but I didn’t think it lived (or un-lived) up to the original. It was fun but it wasn’t Romero. So I went into ARMY OF THE DEAD using DAWN OF THE DEAD, Snyder’s version, as the measuring stick. I wasn’t expecting Romero in his prime. I just wanted a good, entertaining zombie movie, and that’s what I got. ARMY OF THE DEAD exceeded my expectations, in fact. Yeah, it could’ve perhaps used a little trimming in places, and there’s nothing really new or innovative involved. But ultimately it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I mean, it’s got a zombie tiger, for petesakes!