Outpost 3: Rise Of The Spetsnaz Reviews

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TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2014
Third entry in the Outpost trilogy is a pleasant finish that ends this series on a high note and manages to be something quite entertaining for fans of the first two entries. The film boasts all of the usual trademarks displayed in the other ones, and we have more of the same, so don't expect anything new or refreshing. This is a blend of zombie, Sci Fi horror, and like the other in the trilogy relies on on-screen carnage to really deliver something engaging for the viewer. This is a gory thrill ride from start to finish, and even with its overused ideas, it still provides a good time considering that this is the third film in a franchise. The film works quite well on many levels and it's a treat for genre fans that enjoy mindless horror sci fi flick that doesn't have much logic behind it. The story is good, the gore is great and like Outpost I and II, we get a picture is sure to thrill cult horror fans. Outpost III doesn't reinvent the wheel, but what it does is provide you some thrills for a good evening of horror carnage. Hopefully this will be the last, as the filmmakers won't be able to keep the momentum going and they should quit while they're still ahead. A fine picture that is low budget horror at its most pleasant, this a third entry in a series that manages to do what so many sequels couldn't, be entertaining and an engaging experience. While most just lose fuel in the tank, and run of fumes, the third film is entertaining and well worth seeing if you're a fan of the films.
December 20, 2014
A tired third entry in the series, Rise of the Spetsnaz offers nothing new to drive the plot of the series forward. Instead, it just feels like a stale rehash of its more enjoyable predecessors.
March 29, 2015
Very gritty and absorbing with a good pace without sacrificing plot development. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was quite satisfying and does a job of buttoning up the triliogy.
December 7, 2014
More gore and violence!
½ June 16, 2014
Raspberry Kool-Aid does not resemble blood in any situation. I'm trying to find something positive to write about this film, but so far: nada. Don't waste your time on it.
½ January 22, 2014
Action movie cliched! fun to watch, but dont expect a masterpiece! A late night watch.
June 25, 2013
The popular Outpost franchise gets a third outing with a prequel, OUTPOST : Rise of the Spetsnaz, an origins story rooted in the aftermath of WW2.
After the short prologue, we join a Russian unit (The Elite Special Forces known as the Spetsnaz) whilst on a stakeout mission for Nazi blood. They're a rag tag bunch; disguised in part by the garments of fallen Nazis - sporting their wardrobe and Nazi insignia.
They make easy work of the first wave of unsuspecting Germans, but just as their leader discovers some sinister paraphernalia they are out gunned by a backup fleet sporting more hardware that sends them fleeing to the forest. Their leader, one Dolokhov is captured and taken to the experiment chamber of an underground bunker where the origins of this action packed saga come to light. Followers or the previous two films will appreciate the attention to detail that director Kieran Parker and trilogy writer Rae Brunton have cultivated here. It's subtle enough not to indulge one too much in what we've already come to like about the series. Several characters emerge in numerous Zombie guises recognisable in the labyrinth of shudder-some corridors.
It's not long before the unit are pitted against the sinister and barbaric regime orchestrating their evil deeds and using them as test subjects for something far more inhuman and sinister.
What transpires is the most action heavy of the series so far. It sports a high body count and some well executed fight sequences and the sound design and score needs mention for its impact that heightens the big screen experience. There's even time for some witty one-liners and dry sense of humour with the occasional Russian proverb - Trouble never comes alone...
It's not without its less shining moments. The ending, although brutal came about too quickly and easily. A potentially life-saving amount of weaponry would have helped our assailants to safety was never used. They dispose of the Nazi's with mere firepower and some combat when there was an entire army at the Reich's disposal. This spoiled it for me. That said it is not a dull film, not in the slightest. It just had too much action and not enough danger placed on the surviving Russians.
This marks Kieran Parker's directorial debut after story writing and producing the previous two films, Outpost and Outpost : Black sun. It's a commendable turn, particularly in the action sequences. The central performances are strong too. Bryan Larkin's Dolokhov has huge presence, his seemingly imperious demeanour showing signs of cracking under the terrors. He's hulking, stoic and commanding. Meanwhile Michael McKell's sneering Strasser, the unhinged Nazi overlord is brimming with a measure of the sadist and eccentric.
It leaves it open for a sequel. Some may welcome it but will the zombies rise again or has it been a good series needing to resign from the Outpost?
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