Army of the Dead is Zack Snyder’s latest film and spiritual successor to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.The zombie film is Zack’s return to his roots after a long and controversial period of failed superhero films. Snyder has co-written the screenplay with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, and Garret Dillahunt. This film follows a team of soldiers who try to commit a casino heist in Vegas full of zombies. Snyder, his wife Deborah, and Wesley Coller have produced the film. Tom Holkenborg has composed the music while Dody Dorn is leading the editing. The film will be released on Netflix on May 21, 2021.
Dave Bautista plays Scott Ward, the leader of the mercenary group Las Vengeance and the current chef. Ella Purnell plays Scott’s estranged daughter, Kate Ward. Omari Hardwick plays Vanderohe, a prominent member of a mercenary group. Ana de la Reguera plays Maria Cruz, a mechanic and Scott’s friend. Matthias Schweighöfer plays the role of the safe robber of the theft group, Ludwig Dieter. Nora Arnezeder plays Coyote. Hiroyuki Sanada plays the billionaire and mastermind behind the theft, Bly Tanaka. Garret Dillahunt plays Martin, the Tanaka man who accompanies the group to keep an eye on them. Tig Notaro plays Marianne Peters, the “helicopter guy”. Raúl Castillo plays Mikey Guzman, a sniper and internet star who is best known for killing zombies. Huma Qureshi acts as a refugee and single mother. Samantha Win plays Chambers, Richard Cetrone as Alpha Zombie King, Zeus, and Athena Perample as The Queen.
Plot Summary of the Army of the Dead
It’s been years since the zombie outbreak hit Las Vegas. After several failed attempts by the government to exterminate the zombies, the city was put under lockdown. Bly Tanaka (Sanada), a casino owner, approaches Scott Ward, a mercenary. He offers Scott a job that involves carrying out a very dangerous robbery. Scott has to form a team and steal $ 200 million from the vault under the casino. And Scott’s cut will be $ 50 million. Scott hesitated but finally took up his offer, wanting to get out of the ordinary, everyday life. Scott goes and visits some of his old mercenary friends to enlist them. After the team was formed, Tanaka gave brief directions on how to carry out the robbery. The team then heads to the quarantine camp, where Kate learns that Geeta has entered the zone.
Kate decides to join the team to get Geeta out of the zone, much to Scott’s reluctance and disappointment. The team consists of Scott’s former mercenary teammate and several other new recruits. There’s YouTube star Guzman, who is notorious for killing zombies and eccentric German security. Guzman also brought two of his friends, but one of them vouched for as soon as he found out about his mission. There is also the head of security Tanaka who joined. The team enters the undead zone and studies different types of zombies. They encounter “alpha” zombies – unconventional undead, those who can move significantly faster, think significantly sharper, and also have cognitive abilities unlike the usual “shamblers”. As the team continues with its plan, Martin and the zombies compromise on the plan. Will they be able to survive and commit the theft?
Army of the Dead Ending Explained
What Happens at the End of the Film?
The ending of the Army of the Dead saw Scott shoot Zeus dead after being bitten by him. As the helicopter crashed, we saw Marianne lying there unconsciously. It was safe to assume that he had failed. Kate exits the rubble to find Scott sitting by the rubble. When he died, he had his final reunion with his daughter, and Kate said goodbye to him. However, as soon as he died, the poison from the zombie bite entered, and Scott started acting up. Kate then tragically puts Scott’s undead to rest by shooting her in the head.
One thing we didn’t conclude is whether Geeta is dead or alive? We never really saw him die like we saw Marianne. Although there is no clarity regarding his death, I think it is best to assume he did not survive the accident either. Together with Kate, we also saw Vanderohe survive the entire zombie + nuclear bomb test. After the bombs flattened everything, we saw Vanderohe emerge from the rubble and come out of the vault. Vanderohe was cooped up in a vault when Dieter saved him from Zeus by shoving him inside, sacrificing himself. The nuclear attack hit everything around him, except the vault. As for why the vault was still intact, it was clear that the high-security dome was built to withstand even a nuclear explosion. However, the explosion damaged / weakened the vault enough for Vanderohe to break free.
What happened to Vanderohe?
As Vanderohe exits the vault and into the open, he finds the ground around him burning and doused with radiation. The Army of the Dead ending saw him take a private jet and learned that he had been bitten. The drop in radiation would kill anyone, or at the very least, make people very sick. And even though we see Vanderohe stumble on the plane, apparently ill from radiation, he’s still alive. What is the reason? Well, we get the answer when she goes to the restroom and takes a good look at her arm. Zeus had bit Vanderohe, and now he bears alpha zombie blood too. It was the radiation’s best-seen explanation of its survival.
Is Vanderohe the New Alpha Zombie King?
But what ruins will Vanderohe face with the world now that he’s also an alpha zombie? By plane bound for New Mexico, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, there will be carnage. Radiation can also cause Vanderohe to become Zeus 2.0. Interestingly, there is also an omega symbol on Vanderohe’s chest. Could this be a nod to the possibility of passing the baton in alpha king terms? Perhaps, Vanderohe now carries the blood of the alpha zombie king and hence, the power to create zombies himself. This perfectly sets up a possible sequel to Army of the Dead. We’ll be there to tell you about everything about it if it comes to fruition. For more content about Army of the Dead, follow Otakukart.
You can stream Army of the Dead on Netflix.
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