Noob Reviews: Overlord
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Overlord?
Produced by the screen legend that is J. J. Abrams and grossing over $41 million worldwide, Overlord’s story takes place during the 5th June 1944, the day before D-Day. And sees an American paratrooper unit sent to disable a critical Nazi communications site at an old church in the middle of an occupied town.
Unfortunately for the team, their plane is shot down before they can deploy and the survivors, with limited numbers and what little equipment they could salvage, take up the mantle to see the mission done and the communications site disabled. However, what they find is that the communications site is merely a cover to hide the real purpose of the Nazi’s occupation of the area - experiments that aim to resurrect loyal and fearsome soldiers which will serve the Reich for a thousand years.
As the team fight to complete their mission, they find that the Nazi’s experiments may not be as ridiculous as they first thought. And that hundreds of dead soldiers and unwilling living civilians have been used as part of investigations in search of a weapon that may turn the tide of war against the Allied forces. A weapon that has finally begun to show positive results.
What type of genre is the film?
Overlord has well-defined elements of both an action-adventure and horror film.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Paramount Pictures’ YouTube channel -
When was Overlord released?
Overlord was first released in September 2018.
How long is the film?
The film is just under two hours long and comes in at a total of one hour and fifty minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Bokeem Woodbine (Sergeant Rensin)
Erich Redman (Doctor Schmidt)
Jovan Adepo (Private First Class Edward Boyce)
Mathilde Ollivier (Chloe Laurent)
Pilou Asbæk (Captain Wafner)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Overlord?
From a similar vein to Frankenstein’s Army, Outpost (2008) and Iron Sky (minus the space station). Overlord is a World War Two horror in which Nazis are yet again messing with the forces of nature and all of the forbidden sciences to carry out inhuman experiments on the locals and their own deceased troops with the hope of finding a way to create an immortal army. Although the story is one that has already popped up in many television shows, films and books before, Overlord takes enough effort and plot twists to make it stand out as a terrific horror film amongst its rivals.
When it comes to the acting cast, the cast was fantastic with Mathilde Ollivier (Chloe) being a strong-willed, motivated and practical revolutionary against the Nazis. Erich Redman as Doctor Schmidt at times gave me genuine chills at just how cold and heartless he was in his search for the immortal army. And Wyatt Russell as Corporal Lewis is unwavering in his pursuit to see the communication tower brought down when he receives a field promotion after the untimely death of his commander.
One of the things that really stood out for me in the film was the sheer atmosphere the different locations gave off, whether it be in the forests around the village, inside the Nazi bunker complex or deeper down in the laboratories - everything screamed atmosphere. From the hissing pipes to the colour palette and the background groans of the newly resurrected undead. Before you even know the full extent of the experiments, you can pick up on the subtleties that tell you there is a lot more going on than a simple occupation.
Unlike some of the reviews recently, I would definitely say that Overlord is an intense horror contender with a lot of blood, guts and gore. With quite literally baths full of blood in the labs. And there are a few moments in the film some people may not enjoy because of the realism such as soldiers rounding up locals based on their religion. Or a Nazi officer asserting his dominance and power to try and intimidate Chloe into sleeping with him. The film knows where the ‘too far’ mark is and always stays on the right side, but it can be graphic at times, something that personally I was not too bothered about but thought it best to give you the heads up in advance.
What rating would you give Overlord?
I would rate Overlord as a 4.2 out of 5 bananas.
Overall a fantastic film that does have some rather intense moments that some viewers may find uncomfortable, but, definitely worth a look if you are into your horror films. If having to compare it to another similar movie, I would definitely say it is in the same vibe as Frankenstein’s Army just with a more straightforward storyline involving zombies as opposed to physically altered super soldiers/machines. And a higher entertainment value for a wider audience.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Overlord and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here or on Amazon here.