My favourite part of Army of the Dead was Ludwig Dieter. His goofiness and confidence was hilarious. The fact that Mattias Schweighöfer was able to replay the character in a prequel made me happy. Mattias not only starred, but also directed Army of Thieves.
The zombie outbreak does make an appearance a few times in the movie to create the bridge to the Army of the Dead universe. The movie starts with Ludwig’s character in a boring and mundane life with ZERO views on his Youtube page and working in a bank.
Things change when he gets a single view, comment, and invited is to partake in a test. His life changes when he joins a crew of international thieves led by Gwendoline, played by Nathalie Emmanuel. The rest of the crew is rounded out by Korina (Ruby O. Fee) the hacker, Brad Cage (Stuart Martin) the action star, and Rolph (Guz Khan) the getaway driver.
The team is chased by a bit of a bumbling Interpol officer, Delacroix (Jonathan Cohen), as he and his team attempt to capture the Army of Thieves before they strike again.
Along the way there are a lot of laughs until things need to get serious. The story is predictable, but that doesn’t stop how much I enjoyed it. I question if the movie was even needed, and the answer to that is… not really, but dang, I enjoyed every moment of the film.
Schweighöfer’s direction borrowed ideas from movies like Ocean’s Trilogy, but he didn’t outright copy them, which made for an enjoyable watch.