With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, OVERLORD is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.
What We Thought:
For a post Halloween horror flick, Overlord is a pretty solid movie. If you want to shut your mind off for about two hours and see some crazy stuff, it’s a good way to escape your daily life.
It’s a completely historically inaccurate movie, but revolves around D-Day and men trying to shut down a radio transmitter. The opening sequence on the plane is incredible. No seriously, it’s intense and loud and might rival parts of Dunkirk. It throws you right in the plane with the men and prepares you for how the rest of the movie will be. Well sort of.
Once on the ground, the remaining men band together to try to get to the church to stop the transmitter. They run into a French woman and go with her to hide in her house to come up with their plan of attack. Her aunt is sick and they start realizing there is more to this church than meets the eye.
At this point the movie loses any semblance of a World War II period piece. Yes they are technically still fighting Nazis, but there are undead and super soldiers types and it goes off the rails in an entertaining way. I saw it in IMAX and it’s loud and big and full of action. I dug it.
I’ve seen other Zombie WW2 type movies before, but this is way better than those. Most of those were straight-to-video for a reason. This is good and entertaining. I’m a big fan of Wyatt Russell and I actually thought he looked like his dad (Kurt Russell) at times in this. I’m not super familiar with Jovan Adepo but thought he was good. Pilou Asbaek plays a realistic Nazi. John Magaro brings some comedic relief and Mathilde Ollivier is solid as the French woman.
Obviously if a horror World War II film doesn’t sound like your cup of tea you might want to skip Overlord. But if you are looking for some fun, some fantastic special effects and an old fashioned action/horror flick then check it out. I liked it quite a bit. Having the backing of J.J. Abrams certainly helped the production and it works because of it.
Cast & Crew:
- Jovan Adepo
- Wyatt Russell
- Pilou Asbaek,
- Mathilde Ollivier
- John Magaro
- Iain de Caestecker
- Director Julius Avery
- Producer J.J. Abrams
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