Why are some zombies robots in Army of the Dead? Let’s get the 2021 Netflix movie explained and consider insight from Zack Snyder.
In 2021, Zack Snyder returned to the genres he is arguably most associated with: superhero and zombie cinema.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a success with both critics and audiences, becoming his most widely celebrated and triumphant DCEU entry.
The American filmmaker has directed such comic-book adaptations as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, and Watchmen. Beyond these, however, he is often hailed by horror fans for his 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.
It’s generally considered one of the best modern horror remakes and he is finally back navigating zombie hordes in Army of the Dead, which follows mercenaries as they embark upon the heist of a Las Vegas casino caught in the grip of a zombie apocalypse.
A number of theories have emerged since its Netflix release, but there’s one question on many of our minds after checking it out. Why are some zombies robots in Army of the Dead?
Army of the Dead: Zombies or robots?
First, let’s quickly address what some audiences may easily have missed out on.
It’s easy to miss, but throughout the film, there are a handful of “blink and you’ll miss it” moments in which some of the zombies are actually revealed to be robots.
It’s worth addressing that not all of the zombies depicted in the film are robots, but it’s rather curious that a number of them are.
One of the most notable reveals comes when Scott (played by Dave Bautista) is battling with a horde of the undead in the casino. He shoots one of them and the skin falls away from its face, revealing machinery underneath.
A defining feature of the zombie-robots is their blue, glowing eyes.
Usually, such an alarming and strange twist would be addressed. Yet, the robots are never commented on in the film. So, why exactly are they there?
Army of the Dead: Why are some zombies robots?
- Zack Snyder has explained that there are a few potential reasons behind the zombie robots. Firstly, they could have been placed there by the government so they can achieve close surveillance on the undead. Alternatively, there’s the possibility that they serve as technology from another world.
This was acknowledged by Zack during a Q&A:
“If you pay close attention, there’s a number of zombies that are clearly not zombies. You see normal zombies and then you see some robot zombies. Are they monitors that the government has placed among the zombies to monitor them? Are they technology from the other world? What’s happening there?”
So, as far as things go, there is no concrete answer. Although, Zack has confirmed that this uncertainty surrounding the zombies will be followed up in the animated series: “I really wanted this sort of weird ambiguity to their origins — which, of course, we’ll explore in the animated series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.”
Answers are surely incoming. In the meantime, on the other hand, it’s interesting to consider the audience reaction.
Army of the Dead fans talk robots
As more and more people check out Army of the dead, audiences continue to weigh in their thoughts and reactions to the robots which inhabit Las Vegas in the film.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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