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This film lost me immediately when it began, so they say, on June 5, 1944, with the camera in a tight shot of Jovan Adepo. My initial thought was, what the hell is he doing there and why are the other guys even talking to him? Then the platoon sergeant walked into the scene and I knew that this film was going to be a load of tripe. Back in 1985, there was a made for TV disaster called The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission. One of the team members was played by Ricco Ross. It was another, "infiltrate into Germany and kill someone" plot. I never forgot this film because of the way its revisionism backed the plot into a deep hole, as it was only after the team had parachuted into Germany and donned their enemy uniforms that anyone considered the issue that might arise with attempting to pass off a Black man as a German soldier during WWII. The team's attempted solution to this problem was as brainless as the problem itself. When one is trying to make a movie out of Castle Wolfenstein, suspension of disbelief is already issue enough without ridiculous revisionist portrayals of the military culture of the period. It was all jarring enough that it took me right out of the film from its first moments, and I was never able to get into it. That said, the film is not without a few mildly entertaining moments. However those moments are greatly overshadowed by the fact that the film itself is an uninspired mashup of war movie and video game tropes. I might put this film on the bill during a "bad movie night" with some friends, but that is about all it is worth.
Garbage plot, but great action with gruesome images
I’ve never seen a mix of horror/war in one movie and this film managed to do both very well.
Overlord is really the most fun sci-fi war horror/ gorefest since John Carpenter's The Thing and Saving Private Ryan it's really entertaining film.
It seems like in every movie the Nazis are always doing something to get some kind magical or scientific edge movie. so of course they would try to make zombies. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to harness the power of a unicorn to get an edge, but every time they are defeated by the brain, brawn and bravery of the American soldier. Overlord does a great job of mixing the old fashion traditions of an army adventure film with a more contemporary horror flick. Long before it even introduces the notion of zombies, the Julius Avery does an exceptional job of ratcheting up the tension. Because of this, when the monsters do finely arrive it doesn't seem like the film is trying to save itself from a lifeless start. The films has such a strong base with its taught army combat action that the whole notion of bringing in zombies almost seems unnecessary, but introducing the undead soldiers takes everything up another level. With a combination of some ghastly makeup, decent CG effects, and freakish sound design, the zombies in Overlord are pretty cool even if they are quite traditional. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the film is pretty gruesome. The whole cast does a fine job especially Wyatt Russel as the grizzled leader. There are a few points when the special effects aren't quite as blockbuster level, but that's understandable for a film with a smaller budget. ————————–Overall: This grim war fantasy packs plenty of exiting and gory action into its fast paced story and successfully mixes classic adventure with an exiting modern twist of modern horror. ———————Highlight: The sequence with the paratrooper jump manages to be scarier than monster that could be made in a lab.
Enjoyably gonzo genre mashup of WWII men-on-a-mission type of films (i.e. "The Dirty Dozen" "Where Eagles Dare" "The Guns of Navarone") and wackadoo horror flicks, seemingly inspired by everything from "The Island of Doctor Moreau" to "The Thing" to even "The Toxic Avenger." The story follows a group of WWII airborne soldiers dropped behind enemy lines to knock out a radio tower before D-Day. Pretty standard war film set up, right? Wrong! That's when these standard issue war film soldier stereotypes encounter an underground Nazi lair containing some monstrous experiments, and not the concentration camp kind but the mad scientists kind. On the downside, the film leans too heavily on war film and horror movie cliches, which may have been intentional for the film's mash-up premise, but that does detract from the film's originality. Also, the film unfortunately peaks midway through the story with one dynamite scene when our heroes fight a horrific monster in an attic they're hiding out in. From there, the film becomes a rather routine action film. Not a bad action film, but a pretty familiar one. "Overlord" is not a film for all tastes, but if "Von Ryan's Express" meets "Re-Animator" sounds like a good time, you should definitely check it out. On a site note, it's super fun to see Kurt Russell's lookalike son, Wyatt Russell, in an action film role (he'd sure make a good Snake Plissken for an "Escape from New York" remake). And if you enjoyed "Overlord" and want to see a similarly themed Nazi monster movie, check out "Frankenstein's Army." It's less of a straight faced horror film like "Overlord" and is more of a goofy horror movie along the lines of "Evil Dead" or "Dead Snow," but still has a lot of gory WWII horror fun, if that's what you're in the mood for.
High level Amazing thriller!music was amazing as hell literally every second was worth watching!action scenes were damn amazing can't describe how great it was!overall an entertaining masterpiece!
L'unione tra finzione e realtà funziona alla perfezione e sfocia in un finale coerente per il tema trattato e soddisfacente per lo spettatore. C'è un climax narrativo che assicura ritmo e coinvolgimento dall'inizio alla fine, con un buon bilanciamento tra i personaggi ed immagini dirette con uno stile registico particolare e divertente da vedere. Con una strana narrazione il film garantisce una vasta gamma di emozioni diverse, un piccolo e sottovalutato film che meritava sicuramente più visibilità.
1/2 WWII movie, 1/2 horror movie, and both are done very well. Great special effects, both on the war end and the horror end. Simple combat mission story that holds the movie together, and the character development gets you invested. A very entertaining movie.
This is shot well and is beleivebale for a low budget film. There are good acting performances. There is always something going on and the plot moves along seamlessly. There is quite a lot of action although maybe not the kind of action you would think as that progresses later in the movie. Despite this being a good showcase of war time action I think I would have preferred if the plot lingered more specifically on the zombies and to have more of that. The Zombies themselves were good but a little different and I would have preferred a more traditional zombie.