OVERLORD Review: 9 out of 10 (Killing Nazis and Kicking Ass)
OVERLORD is a new war action film directed by Julius Avery and written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. The film stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk, and Bokeem Woodbine and was produced by J. J. Abrams. Though some might categorize this film as a horror thriller, this is really a film that mashes up so many genres in the best of ways, that to categorize it as one or the other is a disservice to the film.
The plot follows several American soldiers who are dropped behind enemy lines the day before D-Day –tasked to take out a radio tower as part of the liberation. After parachuting in behind enemy lines, these soldiers discover something far more sinister as part of their mission. Turns out the Nazis have been conducting all sorts of secret experiments, and the results are, well…terrifying. Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt Russell) stars as Cpl. Ford, an explosives expert and paratrooper who leads the mission to destroy the radio tower that is in the center of the Nazi lab. Jovan Adepo is Pvt. Boyce a fresh recruit who is adverse to violence. What they discover on this mission is the real evil they are forced to confront. The result is a 2 hour kick ass white knuckle experience that feels like an straight adrenaline shot to your eyeballs. Adepo is great—seeming one part Denzel and the other Cuba Gooding Jr. His hesitancy and morality is the audience’s conscience. But it is Wyatt Russell channeling his Daddy-O here that makes this film a standout. There are more than a few scenes that feel very much like Jack Burton, MacReady, or Plissken showed up and started chewing scenery. Selfishly, I can only hope this actor makes more choices like this so I can keep watching movies where a Russell (father or son) is a bad ass. Did I mention there is a French woman who is their equal in killing Nazis and kicking ass?
If this sounds familiar to any gamers, I can honestly say that this very much feels like an unnamed WOLFENSTEIN: THE MOVIE. And I mean that in the absolute best of ways. Some, (including myself in my video review) have categorized the evil threat here as Nazi zombies. On reflection, that is not a good description at all. “Zombies” give a certain stereotyped image of expectation that isn’t altogether correct here. The undead is also too tame… Hmmm.
Unrelenting Unstoppable Bloodthirsty Nazi Super Soldier Monsters.
There. Fixed it.
Beyond that, this is a film that the industry needs more of, honestly. An underseen genre with some updated twists that operates as a white knuckle thriller while simultaneously being a kick ass crowd pleaser. It is part comic book, part video game, and every bit of it is cinematic goodness. I might see “better” movies in 2018 by award season measure, but I would argue this: I won’t have more fun at the movies than I did watching OVERLORD. Highly Recommended.