Overlord – USA, 2018

‘Stop the unstoppable’

Overlord is a 2018 American supernatural 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.

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

“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

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

“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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