• Name: Overlord
• Year: 2018
• Country: USA
• Director: Julius Avery
• Main cast: Wyatt Russell, John Magaro, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier
• Runtime: 109 minutes
• Production company: Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures
It was rumored for a time that Overlord (2018) might be part of the Cloverfield universe but let’s get rid of the mystery already. It is not. This movie works as an independent title, not being part of any film saga, only being a deviation of the events occurred early in the last century.
Let’s get in the situation. We find yourself on the eve of D-Day, where the allied troops invaded Normandy in the so-called Operation Overlord during World War II. A group of American soldiers has a special mission, to infiltrate and destroy a tower that is statistically a key point of the Nazi defense, so the upcoming attack is not a complete suicide mission. So far this is in the books of history. But the movie takes a different path when the Nazi soldiers are having in hands something more evil that only terrain occupation. Genetic experiments that bring the dead back to life, and give the living ones a superhuman power. And this is what Overlord (2018) is about. No extraterrestrials, no monsters from outer space. Only a regular horror action flick with mutated bad guys.
Because what Overlord (2018) might not be a bad movie, but it definitely doesn’t bring anything new to the panorama. Its best feature is also its curse. It is well done, very correct in technical and artistic terms, but very hollow. It’s a routinary action film where the good guys are forced to be good and the bad guys are just straight evil. Some more substance would be liked in a story like this, but sadly that won’t be found in Overlord (2018).
This is the second movie of director Julius Avery, after the correct action thriller Son of a Gun (2014). And the trail stays the same. A movie by the standards, with some interesting action scenes but nothing memorable. An entertaining but disposable title, easy to forget after you leave the theater. Pop-corn cinema with the cruel background of a world war but that never manages to impress. At least, the filmmakers were a little generous in gore and blood, so the thing doesn’t get a boring experience.
Overlord (2018) had a special screening at the Sitges Film Festival where producer J.J. Abrams presented the movie in an exclusive recorded message. A nice touch from him, that is true. But after the whole experience it sadly doesn’t make any difference. It is a correct movie, easy to watch but easy to forget. Personally, I expected more, but at least it didn’t hurt.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4530422
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