Army of Thieves: Ludwig Dieter Is More Interesting Than All The Zombies Combined

We want Ludwig Dieter back!

When Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead was released on Netflix earlier this year, it failed to match all the expectations it was hyped to meet. Despite having the most redundant yet entertaining horror element i.e., an apocalyptic world run over by zombies, the film barely qualified to be the unique zombie heist film it was touted to be. So, naturally, we were a little apprehensive about the Army of Thieves. Yes, Matthias Schweighöfer’s Ludwig Dieter was a likable character in the first film but shrouded by all the lousy storylines, he didn’t show the promise of shouldering a film all by himself. And yet Schweighöfer has proven that not only is he an amazingly skilled actor but is also well on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s renowned directors. 

(The following review mild spoilers from Army of Thieves and contains spoilers from Army of the Dead. Proceed at your own risk)

For those who don’t know, the Army of Thieves is a prequel to the events that took place in the Army of the Dead. Before you get your hopes up, no it doesn’t explain the source of the zombie outbreak and how the virus came into being in the first place. But it does explain the origin story of one of the most likable characters (honestly, his was the only death that bummed us out in AoD) in Snyder’s zombie universe for Netflix. And it is exhilarating to watch Matthias Schweighöfer’s Sebastian with-unpronounceable-last-name transform into Ludwig Dieter without losing the special something that makes Army of Thieves a treat to binge on.

But this doesn’t mean that the rest of the characters in Army of Thieves are any less amazing, especially Nathalie Emmanuel’s Gwendoline Starr who is a renowned jewelry thief and is on the FBI’s Red Notice list of most-wanted criminals. As per Sebastian’s story, he was always an intuitive little kid who was into cracking codes and obsessed with the most secure safes around the world. He tries to change his passion into his profession, but has no luck and is instead stuck in a boring 9-5 job. Gwendoline comes through as his knight in shining armor and offers him a way out- join her quest of cracking the three supposedly unbreakable safes that were created by the famous locksmith Hans Wagner. Throughout all this, the zombie apocalypse rages on in the background- restricted to Nevada and to Sebastian’s horrifying dreams for the time being. 

It is the fourth “missing” safe created by Wagner that will bring Dieter to Dave Bautista’s Scott Ward and Ana de la Reguera’s Maria Cruz attention in Army of the Dead. Army of the Thieves wraps up as many loose ends as possible without appearing tedious. But we do have some beef with Snyder. After all, he concluded the story of, as we said above, one of his most interesting characters ever! Unless the storyline veers towards finding a cure that will turn zombies into humans once again, it is highly unlikely that we will get to see Schweighöfer’s Dieter again, who sacrificed himself towards the end of the first film to save one of his team members. 

But we are still holding out hope that Snyder decides to bring the chirpy and kind-hearted Dieter back in the Army of the Dead sequel, Planet of the Dead, which will see the zombie virus spread across the world. If Snyder pulls off this miracle, we can see ourselves forgiving him for creating the first ever zombie film that put us to sleep. #BringLudwigDieterBack

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