Outpost 3: Rise Of The Spetsnaz Reviews
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?