‘Army of the Dead’ (2021) Review

'Army Of The Dead' (2021) Review: Roll of the Dice Making a movie in a beloved genre is a tricky thing. Mostly because those genres come with a set of rules. Depending on how you view it, these rules can be a beneficial guide, or a restricting hindrance. Adhere too closely to the rules, and you're making something done before. Bad movie. Drift too far away, and you end up disqualifying the film from any association with the genre. Good movie, bad attempt at the genre. Most of this depends entirely on how exposed the viewer is. Every film is someone's first after all. It depends then on what the movie wants to do. Will it add to what's come before? Subvert expectations? Or simply make another entertaining movie in a familar space.Some genres are more established than others, and can develop tropes as a result of the many films in their purview. For Zack Snyder's ‘Army of the Dead’, the risk is two fold. Being both a zombie movie and a heist movie, the expectations surrounding the film are already working against it. Then again, maybe by mixing the two together, you get the best of both worlds like a cinematic fry in a milkshake. At the outset, this tale of two genres has a pretty distinct tone. Soldiers codenamed the four horsemen travel with an unspecified truckload. The little we know is that it's valuable but dangerous. The soldiers leading the…

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‘Mortal Kombat’ (2021) Review

'Mortal Kombat' (2021) Review: Press X to Skip As a kid, I had only one view of Mortal Kombat. That it was a hyper violent game that would certainly corrupt me and possibly take away my soul. This of course was not the case, as I remain uncorrupted and soulful. The second and more accurate view, is that it’s the most fun fighting game there is. A tournament of fighters who engage in a deadly battle for supremacy, and the fate of the human race. Those fighters include cyborgs, several ninjas, four armed men, women with jagged teeth, a man with a razor sharp Captain America shield as a hat, and, my personal favourite, an acid spitting lizard with a world renowned disappearing act. Believe it or not, that barely scratches the surface of what the world of ‘Mortal Kombat’ has to offer. It’s a vast world of monsters, magic, and mayhem. Which is why it should come as no surprise that, given it’s low budget, the runtime of under 2 hours, and its first time director, the 2021 Mortal Kombat film can be aptly described as lacking. At the outset, Mortal Kombat is a movie that's doing everything right. It opens with grit and conviction, establishing its tone and its penchant for supernatural visuals. A young family is slaughtered at the hands of an ice wielding killer, and it carries all the weight a home invasion should. It's tense and the film, at…

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