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J.J. Abrams has a history of keeping projects under wraps, and this World War II-set horror film (Bad Robot’s first R-rated film ever) is no exception. The film follows a band of American paratroopers who wind up behind enemy lines, only to discover that the Nazis are engaging in gruesome experiments…and toying with supernatural forces. Beyond that, we know the film has an ensemble cast including Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbæk, Dominic Applewhite, Iain de Caestecker, John Magaro, and Bokeem Woodbine. It’s directed by Son of a Gun’s Julius Avery. And Abrams claims this one isn’t a fourth Cloverfield entry. We’ll just have to wait and see about that last part…
- Jovan Adepo
- Wyatt Russell
- Mathilde Ollivier
- Pilou Asbæk
- John Magaro
- Iain De Caestecker
- Jacob Anderson
- Dominic Applewhite
- Gianny Taufer
- Joseph Quinn
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If you like war movies and supernatural movies then you should love overlord! Definitely recommend it, we loved it.
Some good stuff here and there, but ultimately failed to hold it through as a great ‘zombie’ film.
What it lacks in novelty, subtlety or character, it partially makes up in sheer abandon. This is a big, loud, violent, gleefully gory sledgehammer of a film with, crucially, a careful tongue in cheek.
As a piece of moral commentary cloaked in a sci-fi gimmick, Overlord is uninspired. As an action thriller, it’s just aggressively boring. Maybe because it exhaustively recycles imagery from any number of genre films that came before it...or because the action sequences are bizarrely monotonous, save for the occasional bit of gory VFX.
Pairing some of the spirit of schlocky Nazisploitation fare with a top-flight young cast and better-than-solid filmmaking, the movie is more mainstream that the midnight fare it sounds like on paper, if only by a bit. Horror fans should cheer.