For me the most overlooked motion picture from last year was Overlord. This film just might be the only action, sci-fi, horror, period piece mash-up that works on every level.
*** WARNING SOME SPOILERS AHEAD ***
Set during World War II, Overlord opens with a scene of American soldiers getting ready to parachute behind enemy lines into Germany. This introduction to the film is, believe it or not, every bit as intense as the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Buckle up because once this film starts you will be on the edge of your seat for 109 minutes!
From here we follow the survivors (Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, John Magaro and Iain De Caestecker) on the ground as they try to fulfill their mission of blowing up a Nazi communications tower. The team gets sidetracked when they run into some enemy soldiers searching a local village and end up hiding out in the attic of a young woman’s (Mathilde Ollivier) cottage. It’s here that they witness the full on brutality of the Nazis.
Overlord avoids war movie cliches
Writer’s Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith avoid all the over used tropes of cross genre horror films and keep this perfectly paced film moving like a roller coaster. The pair also avoid unneeded humor and jokes. There is no “I guess he got the point,” or “Why the long face?” These characters are in enemy territory battling things they have never seen before so having them throw out one-liners wouldn’t be authentic to the situations at hand.
Overlord just might be the best film featuring a cast of virtually unknown actors since the original Star Wars.
To call this film a “Wild Ride” would be an understatement because this is “a flat out balls to the wall extravaganza of epic proportions like I have never seen before!” Yeah, that’s more like it.
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