With Army of Thieves, Netflix offers us a prequel to Zack Snyder’s zombie movie. Exit the living dead, this feature film centered on Dieter takes us to rob banks. So what is it worth?
What is it about ?
In this prequel to the movie “Army of the Dead”, a mysterious woman recruits Dieter, a bank clerk, to rob inviolable safes across Europe.
Who is it with?
Did you love him in Army of The Dead? He’s back in Army of Thieves. Matthias Schweighöfer again slips into the striped shirts of Dieter, the safe piercer. The German actor does not only take the lead role since he also goes behind the camera. He directs Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Ruby O. Fee (Polar), Stuart Martin (Les Médicis) and the Frenchie Jonathan Cohen.
Well worth a look ?
Only a few months after Army of The Dead, a blockbuster replay of the zombie film, Netflix is now offering its subscribers the prequel, centered on the endearing character of Dieter. No zombies on the horizon (phew!) But a light-hearted robbery film that deepens the fascinating history of Hans Wagner’s safes.
Remember in Army of the Dead, Dieter is recruited by Ward (Dave Bautista) to open the Götterdämmerung for him, a safe deemed tamper-proof located in Las Vegas. We learn that he is the last of a quartet imagined by Wagner, himself inspired by the opera L’Anneau du Nibelung by Richard Wagner.
In this prequel, Dieter (or rather Sebastian of his real name) is a bank employee who secretly worships Hans Wagner. When he is approached by Gwendoline (Nathalie Emmanuel) to join his team of robbers in order to open the four safes, he embarks on a mission that will quickly overtake him.
Let’s face it: Army of Thieves is much better than Army of the Dead, without being a good movie either. The realization of Matthias Schweighöfer is much less bombastic than that of Zack Snyder (even if the latter was able to provide him with advice as a producer), the humor is more measured, and the action less overpowered. His strong point is not wanting to play the zombie card – even if we have a few nods to the situation in Las Vegas where the living dead are wreaking havoc. In tone and in game, Army of Thieves is quite different.
The film suffers from a sometimes sluggish writing and a few uninspired narrative strings (especially in the writing of the male characters). The fact remains that French spectators will be delighted to find the Frenchie Jonathan Cohen on the screen in one of his first international roles. The actor slips here in the costume of an Interpol policeman responsible for tracking down our robbers. Serious when needed, but not hesitating to flirt with comedy when the situation lends itself, the actor is doing quite well in Shakespeare’s language. Hoping that Army of Thieves will open the door to other projects like this.
To conclude, this Army of Thieves prequel is quite different from its big brother and might appeal to fans of heist movies and those looking for good entertainment. The story behind Hanz Zimmer’s coffers and Dieter’s communicating passion on the subject makes us want to dive into the film. But unfortunately it ends there.