DIRECTOR: Julius Avery (son of a gun)
STARRING: wyatt russell, iain de caestecker, jovan adepo, and pilou asbaek
REVIEWER: purdie jenkins
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realise that there's more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.
From the opening moments of Overlord you know that you need to strap yourself in for a loud, action-packed ride. The trauma and raw violence of war comes at you in full force as you are pushed from a fiery plane into the front lines. It might be the most scary part of the film, because the chaos of sound and action really happened.
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are set with the task of taking down a radio tower deep behind enemy lines, as they get closer to their goal it becomes clear that there is a lot more than they bargained for. Overlord borrows from a lot of different elements of film; war, horror, gore and some pretty classic stereotypical characters. This mess comes together, like a blended up Dunkirk and Braindead to create an experience. The horror of Overlord uses both elements of war, jump scares and Nazi science experiments as well as some gruesome prosthetics.
It is a fun film, nothing too exciting or original for characters or plot, but more something to thrill as you maybe bury your head in your popcorn. Jovan Adepo really grounds the audience with a human, emotional connection. He thrives in the panicked eyes darting around trying to find a way to survive. Overlord plays out like a video game, pushing the action forward all the time, gearing up for the boss fight at the end, with plenty of violence.
If you are a purist genre fan of war and/or horror, Overlord won’t hit the spot, but for those that are out for a entertaining flick that’ll shake you up and leave your heart racing a bit it’s perfect.