Overlord (2018)

Julius Avery directs Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell and Mathilde Ollivier in this WWII sci-fi horror where US G.I.s take on Nazi zombie super soldiers.

By no means a perfect film. The plot idles in a village attic for far too long and there probably should be twice as many Nazi Zombies. Yet if this were released in 1992 and I watched it at 13 it would probably be a firm favourite. The action is impactful and chaotic, chunkily violent. The setting convincing and well realised. It leans into some of the hokey-er but effective tropes of your Grandad’s Black And White War flicks nicely. All four leads do attractive work, you want to see their next projects… especially Ollivier and Pilou Asbæk’s imposing enemy officer. Overlord offers slick, heroic thrills that never outstay their welcome. By the time a hip-hop mash-up of Mannish Boy blasts over the end credits you are left putting on your coat and walking out into the multiplex lobby with a broad, satisfied smile on your face.

7

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