The day before D-Day, an army squad are travelling via plane to Germany. Their mission is to take out (destroy/blow up) a German radio tower. Sounds simple right? Wrong! After their plane is gunned down, only a handful of soldiers remain and the mission must go on. Our heroes soon discover there is more to know about the enemy and the horrific experiments on humans in an underground facility beneath the targeted radio tower.
For the sake of spoilers, I won’t be discussing any actors or characters in this film. I watched this film knowing very little about the film’s plot and honestly, it’s the best way to view it. Any actors who do appear in this film are unknown to me anyway. This was also a nice touch to see fresh actors on screen who I was unfamiliar with.
As a plot, this has Finesse. After a very brief introduction to many characters, bang! I loved how this film gets into motion. It didn’t take me long to get hooked by the overall plot, and I found myself having a blast. The film’s plot is entirely unpredictable, and at multiple times throughout the film, I found myself shocked. Even when it comes to the horror elements of the film, Overlord managed to get me to jump out of my chair at least twice, and I can’t remember the last time a movie did that to me. The most enjoyable elements of the film are the 1st and 3rd/final act. Naturally, the 2nd act is giving viewers more of a story, and as is expected, it builds up the showdown.
Overlord is a very gritty looking film and could almost be classed as a dirty grindhouse horror movie. I will also praise the film’s special effects for gore, mutations and even the random things that explode!
The film’s audio track also wins the gold prize here. Guns blazing and explosions are all impressive and should be experienced in a stable theatre setup.
Overall, Overlord did honestly surprise me in a right way. It’s a fun blast delivering an unpredictable plot with brainless horror and suspense. The film’s audio track is demo worthy. The 2nd act, however, does slow down, but only builds towards the final act. If you’re seeking something that’s not a sequel or reboot, this is something new and fresh that with no doubt has some Awesomeness.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden