A Look at the Career of Zack Snyder

Zack’s career has taken him into the realms of directing, producing, and screen writing. His creative approach to film as well as his ability to take modern graphics to the limit has set the bar very high for both himself and his contemporaries.

Dawn of The Dead (2004)

This movie was the debut directorial film for Zack Snyder. Dawn of The Dead is a remake of a 1978 film of the same name. The plot focuses on a group of survivors trapped in a shopping mall amidst a world turned zombie. Dawn of The Dead received a generally positive reception by both critics and moviegoers.

300 (2007)

This movie is based off a graphic novel by Frank Miller. After receiving Frank Miller’s blessing, Zack Snyder proceeded to completely reinvent the Spartan era genre to general applause. The film revolves around the battle of Thermopile and the brave 300 Spartans that faced the Persian war machine. 300 demonstrated a unique way of portraying the battle scenes through slow-motion moments, zooms, and digital mastery. 300 was a bloody and gory mess; it was awesome. This movie will be the one against all other Zack Snyder films will be measured against.

Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen is another Graphic Novel turned movie from the mind of Alan Moore. The storyline focuses on a group of “Super Heroes” that form a vigilante group. It is set in an alternate 1985. Unlike your run of the mill Hero, these heroes are flawed, sometimes violent, sadistic, and are essentially a satire of what the term hero means. Despite having mixed reviews from viewers, this film was another example of how brilliant Zack Snyder can be. With masterful control of modern graphics as well as Zack’s signature shooting style, this film is always worth a watch.

Sucker Punch(2011)

Sucker Punch focuses on a girl whose stepfather killed her mother and sister. The girl is committed to a mental institution to keep her silence and through a shady deal scheduled to be lobotomized. In her attempts to escape, her mind takes her to an internal world riddled with fantasy. This film took graphics to the limit and had a cast that can act. Another notable accolade of this film is that it is one of the few films that were written mostly by Zack Snyder rather than an adaptation of a book. Unfortunately, this is also the first time that Zack Snyder failed to deliver. The story was disjoined, poorly developed, and bland with spurts of great fantasy sequences that were just not enough to keep it afloat.