Theatrical Reviews

Overlord Review

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Studio:
Paramount Pictures   

What’s It About?
US Paratroopers drop into Nazi occupied France ahead of D-Day for a crucial mission, but soon discover the Nazis are up to something that is pure evil.   

Who’s In It?
Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street, Everybody Wants Some!, Ingrid Goes West)
Jovan Adepo (Fences, The Leftovers)
Pilou Asbaek (Borgen, Game Of Thrones, Ghost In The Shell)   

Director: Julius Avery (Son Of A Gun)   

Audiences Expect:
Excitement levels were certainly pretty high for JJ Abrams first foray into a full blown horror, let alone a Nazi one, and in terms of pure adrenaline, the opening half of the film certainly doesn’t disappoint with action and carnage in equal measure.
Relative newcomer Julius Avery does a fine job in the director’s chair as we meet the Paratroopers sent into France in readiness for D-Day to carry out a crucial mission ahead of the landings. As planes go down and chaos and carnage abound, there is a hint of Edge Of Tomorrow about it, although you know that these boys aren’t coming back.
A handful of survivors reconvene on the ground, before heading to a local village, where they meet Chloe, a lone villager resisting the occupying force where they learn that there is pure evil afoot with the Nazis, led by Dr Wafner, using local villagers for their own horrific experiments.
Despite the breathtaking opening half to the film, the tempo slows right down at the midpoint, before building to a manic heart-pumping finale. Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell are both excellent in the lead roles, with strong support from the likes of Mathilde Ollivier, while Pilou Asbaek is clearly in his element as the frenzied Nazi Wafner   

In A Nutshell: 
An adrenaline pumping horror with fine performances, which ultimately falls short following its opening.

Highlight: 
The opening half
The performances   

Lowpoint:
The film ultimately falls a little short of the initial hopes it raises.

Certificate: 18

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