Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review Overlord (2018)


Overlord was written by Billy Ray (‘Captain Phillips’, ‘The Hunger Games’), produced by J.J. Abrams, and follows a squadron of American soldiers on the eve of D-Day looking to take down a radio tower in a small French village that will aid in the fight against the Nazi’s.

Julius Avery delivers a selection of breathtaking and brutal action sequences and shootouts, particularly the opening sequence as the plane carrying the paratroopers comes under heavy fire. The action is slick, well polished and wickedly gory. It’s edge-of-the-seat stuff. Sure, it’s maybe not quite the ‘Call Of Duty: Zombies’ you were expecting, but it’s certainly a nice coherent mesh of two genres, and a lot of fun.

And then there’s the brilliantly talented, up-and-coming cast including John Magaro as Tibbet, who you warm to as the film unfolds and he warms to those around him, and Boyce, played by Jovan Adepo, who openly confesses to being out of his depth after being sent to war at the drop of a hat. Pilou Asbæk (‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Ben-Hur’) attempts to keep them at bay as sinister Nazi general Wafner. Each bring something to the film for an enjoyable 109 minutes.

Overlord may not contain the most original ideas you’ve ever seen, but it keeps up a relentless pace throughout and offers some real heart. If you can overlook the few clichés on show; a cute French girl with attitude, evil Nazi scientists, larger-than-life military characters, then you’re in for a bloody B-movie treat.

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