Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie heist film has released its first footage with the trailer “Army of the Dead” and Sneak Peak promises to be an experience full of chaos, thrills, addicting intensity and lots and lots of blood. Zack Snyder previously shared a still image from his sets of Army of the Deadand revealed what his zombies would look like; But with this full blown teaser, we now know that we’re actually going to see the real “Army of the Dead” do some damage as opposed to the one in game of Thrones.
The Army of the Dead Trailer opens with a view of destroyed Las Vegas; Kind of like a ruined Wayne Manor and Hall of Justice in the Justice League Teaser. There is this mood of a dystopian future where cities are empty. The trailer then shows a look at Dave Bautista and Matthias Schweighöfer, who prepare in a circle with the others to probably kill zombies before they lead us to what looks like the beginning of the zombie apocalypse from a Las Vegas casino.
What follows is the best part of the teaser, which features thousands and thousands of zombies hurdling the streets of Las Vegas while helicopters wreak havoc, drop bombs on them and shoot them out of the air like ants.
And the reason for this epic viewing experience is none other than the director Zack Snyderwho decided to do the camerawork for his passion project himself. That’s true! In addition to directing this film, Zack would also be the cameraman for a feature-length project for the first time in his career. His only other cameraman credits include his short film 2107 Snow steam ironwhich he also wrote and directed. And the Army of the Dead Teaser proves that Snyder knows his job very well.
The sequences give off some vibes like Snyder’s 300where we watch battle sequences with rapid zooming of cameras, with footage going in and out of range of the viewer to match the ferocity of the on-screen actions. And that was just a minute teaser for the film.
Zack Snyder’s cinema colors seem to have changed a bit with this film, which should give viewers a different view of his techniques than Snyder’s earlier approach with films. Snyder’s directorial style includes dark colors and themes, which is also reflected in the choice of his musical score and camera work. Army of the Dead is lighter in terms of color settings and it looks like it will have some elements of fun with the action too.
When you watch this, you talk more about his cinematic preferences Guardian and man of SteelSnyder also uses a speed ramp where his sequence only accelerates or exponentially decelerates in a matter of seconds. Take, for example, the fight between Zod and Superman, in which the rate of fire in one case slows down to focus on their individual conflict. However, if we look from the Metropolis citizens’ point of view, we see a quick, ramped shot of them. The way helicopter sequences are portrayed in the teaser, we can expect a similar cinematic style with this film.
A more interesting aspect of his direction that he would like to explore here would be using long shots (or an illusion of it). [as in the warehouse scene in BvS]where he avoids cuts and portrays long fight sequences to keep the audience engaged in the moment. Since this is going to be a zombie carnage, there can be several such sequences.
The teaser is also an extraordinary glimpse into the fantastic VFX work that Snyder and his team have done to create this epic zombie heist movie. This proves that we will finally see zombie films differently. Over the years we’ve seen tons of zombie movies, not to mention a full series based on the theme and spanning an entire decade. But Snyder’s need to play with special effects and insane camera movements is sure to fill this one with an additional adrenaline-filled adventure.
As mentioned in the title, Army of the DeadSnyder’s film actually shows a literal army of them hoarding around town, murdering everyone, and filming everyone on their way. Working with special effects seems so authentic to the subject that the teaser alone will bind you to the story. We also get a glimpse into the heist, which the synopsis of the film addressed earlier, when we see Bautista jumping over chairs to reach the vault (which is likely a casino vault) and steal the shiploads of pristine cash. This is Ocean’s Eleven meets World War Z Kind of deal.
Army of the Deadwill also span into its own franchise. Snyder has already completed the prequel, which will be directed by Schweighöfer, who will also star in it. This means that we get adequate backstory about the events of Army of the Dead early enough.
Check out the teaser below. It doesn’t have much to give in the context of the story, and really just has one dialogue, but we certainly “dig” the zombie mayhem and gnarled graphics that depict the destruction and disorder of Vegas. It feels like the dead are there to celebrate! Zack Snyders Army of the Dead will be released on Netflix on May 21st. The film stars Dave Bautista, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Garret Dilahunt and Hiroyuki Sanada lead a broader ensemble.
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