Overlord: The Review
What was coming? Death? Emotions run high on the faces of these soldiers, the atmosphere full of suspense and it is gripping. Julius Avery delivers a B movie with the financing, expertise and directing of a blockbuster. This film nails the realism of war and nails the horror and terror of any good horror movie.
Overlord is a film about the secondworld war, on the night of D-Day. The Americans are flying into France to take on the Germans, with few soldiers remaining, they come across a woman who hates these Nazi invaders as much as they do. Casting a woman in this role was necessary as French spies (often women) were crucial to taking France back, whilst keeping a diverse cast.
The mission set is to blow up a tower on a church as theGermans have built radio transmitters onto it, halting any hope of air reinforcements for the allies on D-day.
The girl’s aunt is sick, but not a regular common cold orflu. She makes sounds that haunt you and freak you out. Meanwhile, half of the team go for a route around the church to see their odds, but that’s not all they come across.
The girl is somewhat helpful, not sure that’s the most appropriate way to say it though, in capturing a Nazi commando. He receives abeating and answers are demanded. However, the Americans play hard on the evil of the Nazis and the struggle of the Americans to not sink to their level.
I don’t want to go into too much detail or let you know what happens in the ‘horror’ act of the movie, as I genuinely advise you all to go and see it!
The middle of the film drops in pace, however, the beginning, middle and end keep you guessing and holding on to your seats. I’m not squeamish, though a couple of times I had to look away yet kept peeking!
The depiction of the war was genuinely plausible and thecharacters personalities were all individual, and humanified.
John Magaro, playing a ‘veteran’ of war had an attitude which just made you laugh, and he took the edge off when needed. One guy was a total badass the whole way through, a total hero! The main guy was just a nice guy,clearly plucked from his home and required to join the forces. Everyone had relatable traits and fit together as a team like chalk and cheese, yet it worked so well!
This is a total lad’s film with gore, fights, guns and explosives! And all the weapons and explosives in the film were historically accurate, as was the sets and scenes that build the movie. It is rare to see a B movie construct itself so professionally and while somewhat conventionally, this Nazi zombie movie is nothing like those from previous additions to the genre.
Thoroughly enjoyable and a must see! The trailer of this movie didn’t sell the movie out or show allthe good bits to entice people in, but it’s a good job it didn’t as there’s somuch more to it.
If you think this is a zombie film, it’s not! It’s cooler!