Army of Thieves
2021
**
Director: Matthias Schweighöfer
Cast: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan, Jonathan Cohen

In this prequel to Army of the Dead, we learn the backstory of Ludwig Dieter, German specialist who was brought in to crack the Las Vegas safe designed by the legendary Hans Wagner. Now he is recruited to a team who aim to open Wagner’s three other safes in Paris, Prague, and St. Moritz. The zombies remain enclosed in Nevada, this a traditional heist movie with likeable performances and visuals. That is, however, not enough to compensate for an utterly stupid and implausible script. The team, which is entirely comprised of hot young adults, know they can’t get away with the money, but they are happy to risk their lives to break into three banks for the thrill of it. In the silliest scene, the hero spins the dials of the safe and listens for a click on the back of a truck going down a curvy road.