With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen.
2018, 2160p, Dolby Atmos, HDR 10, Rated R, 1 hour and 49 minutes,
2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbaek & Mathilde Ollivier
Directed by: Julius Avery
This reminded me of a bit of Re-Animator, Cabin in the Woods and Duke Nuk’em. Unlike Cabin, though, this film had little humor. Though it had plenty of eye-candy fighting sequences, the plot was basic, but the excessive gore and swearing made the 109-minute viewing seem a bit too long.
JJ Abrams oversaw the production and I appreciate his venturing out into new directions, but this effort will not get him an Oscar nod. Besides, there are plenty of Nazi zombie movies out there already.
Didn’t WW II already have its share of horror and depravity that we need to add walking dead? That said, if you like your horror to be violent, bloody and unrelenting, Overlord will keep you on the edge of your seat virtually from start to finish.
The blood splatter looks marvelous with the nice HDR uptick compared to the BD version. Contrast is great, especially since most of the movie takes place at night, in the dank crypt under a church. Why are laboratories always so under lit?
Shot with Arri Alexa cameras, the details are sharp and the colors are solid and crisp. Soundtrack is just as punchy and detailed. Every drip from the ceiling or snapping of a twig underfoot is all in the sound mix. I admit, it helps the film become a bit creepier with things going bump in the night behind you.
Besides a BD copy, featurettes include Brother in Arms, Death Below and the Horrors of War.