Overlord – USA, 2018

‘Stop the unstoppable’

Overlord is a 2018 American action horror feature film directed by Julius Avery from a screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield) and Lindsey Weber are producers.

The Bad Robot Productions movie stars Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine, Pilou Asbæk, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Jacob Anderson and Hélène Cardona.

Plot:

On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. However, as they approach their target, they begin to realise there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment…

Reviews:

“One just wishes that the film would have taken a few more risks with its storytelling since the premise is so far out there. As it stands, it’s a solid film that never reaches further than it has to, but if you’re looking for a Nazi-killing gore-fest, then you’re bound to find something to like here.” Trace Thurman, Bloody Disgusting

” …it seems reluctant to fully commit to the monster bit, wavering between B-movie glory and a straight up soldier story. There are flourishes of fabulously gnarly practical effects and disturbing mad scientist designs but only tastes, never a whole meal. The film also plays pretty fast and loose with the rules of its sci-fi wonders…” Haleigh Foutch, Collider

Overlord is consistently a better war movie than it is a zombie flick, and that’s mostly down to the commitment its actors have to the former material. Rather than being a criticism, it’s this separation that makes the sci-fi horror stuff work so well, because the mostly archetypal characters are as shocked and baffled by the twist as we are.” Caroline Preece, Den of Geek!

“Pairing some of the spirit of schlocky Nazi-sploitation fare with a top-flight young cast and better-than-solid filmmaking, the movie is more mainstream that the midnight fare it sounds like on paper, if only by a bit. Horror fans should cheer, as will admirers of the ensemble’s up-and-coming cast.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

” …the strengths of the movie rely on its ability to handle the intensity and maliciousness of war.  It’s only when it gets into the horror elements that the movie struggles to find a tone.  It has moments where you can see flashes of unsettling body horror and those moments are absolutely great.  But then it has other moments where it feels like a high quality B-movie. ” Jason McDonald, Horror-Movies.ca

Overlord is at its best when dealing with the soldiers bonding, all thanks to the great chemistry between the cast that makes you care for these characters despite their lack of depth. This makes the carnage and the horror of the second half of the movie not only entertaining, but emotionally grounded.” Rafael Motamayor, IGN

” …anyone that has enjoyed the Nazi Zombie maps in Call of Duty will surely have an absolute blast. Those in search of a period piece with a bit more flavor will likely not find this to their taste. In the ring of action/war movies, Overlord is brass-knuckle boxing. Though the form is distractingly polished, its hits reverberate with a brutal force that will knock the wind right out of you.” Kelly McNeely, iHorror

“Yes, this is a B-movie produced with studio resources about American soldiers battling Nazi zombies in WWII. But despite some underdeveloped characters and obvious B-movie tropes, Overlord goes beyond the call of duty with a riveting story that digs far deeper than this material usually goes for.” Kalyn Corrigan, IndieWire

“It’s mysterious, action-packed, funny, rousing and purely enjoyable. All things we’ve come to know and love Abrams for packing into his productions. But that’s not to take anything away from director Julius Avery. While Abrams gave him the ball to run with, and surely some guidance along the way, Avery establishes himself here as a man who carries a certain edge.” Ryan Scott, Movieweb

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