‘A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day. ‘
IMDb 6.7/10 Metacritic 60/100 Rotten Tomatoes 81%
Wyatt Russell (Shimmer Lake, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Everybody Wants Some)
John Magaro (Orange Is The New Black, Umbrella Academy, The Good Wife)
Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fades, Coronation Street)
Happened to be roaming around for a movie to watch and came upon Overload through the list of trending films on Netflix. Rewatched the trailer after having seen it some time ago and decided to give it a shot. Upon first glance of the trailer I couldn’t help think of was that it appeared they decided to take a spin on the Castle Wolfenstein video games series and turned it into a movie. It’s probably as close to what you could probably get to it without actually calling it Wolfenstein. I couldn’t get the game and imagery from them out of my head.
Overlord covers the events leading up to D-Day and a misfit group of soldiers that barely survive getting shot down on their way into France to disable a control tower built at a nearby church before the storming of the beach. The soldiers befriend a French local and her younger brother and hunker down in her house a short way from the church and tower that is the soldier’s main objective. What else they find within is that the Germans are experimenting on the villagers and causing strange mutations and deformations which appears to have varied rates of success.
This particular film has a nice slow build to it and progresses through it the story at a reasonable pace. You don’t feel like you are stuck in certain scenes unnecessarily or for an excessive amount of time. I can’t think of when the last time I didn’t look at my watch during a film wondering how much longer I had to endure the piece of crap in front of me. You get an introduction to the characters and from there they are shot down, slowly gather up the survivors and get the plan of attack together. From that point there are a couple bumps along the way but it all comes full circle and finishes up with a seemingly decent crescendo after the slower build.
The one thing I really didn’t care for was regarding the German doctor and his experiments. I wish there was a lot more of an explanation or story as to what they were trying to accomplish. It’s touched upon slightly but very vaguely. I was interested in the idea but it was so loosely touched upon and the effects of the experimentation appeared to vary somewhat so it wasn’t exactly consistent on screen why did it work on some and not others. That was never really explained and it left me wondering what was really going on.
It is an enjoyable watch with some over the top action in the later part of the film. It isn’t exactly the most polished film in the world but it looks decent enough. The scenery and direction is done with competence throughout the film. It’s not a serious film especially with the Nazi experimentation that gives it that Wolfenstein type feel. Some of the scenes with the main villain especially towards the end where it almost harkens back to a Joker-esque vibe from some of the Batman films as well. It’s produced by J.J. Abrams and probably one of the few films that doesn’t have any lens flare that I noticed in the slightest.
The Mountain Man’s final thoughts on the film is that I went in knowing based on the trailer it was going to be a film with some over the top moments and it didn’t disappoint in that aspect. I wasn’t expecting a 5 star film but I was pleasantly surprised with it. Kinda wishing to a point that maybe I had watched it sooner. If you like the Wolfenstein series you may enjoy it, perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch for that. But in general it is a decent flick to watch. The characters and story are decently told and the action isn’t too crazy it’s just enough to get you from scene to scene. Don’t expect a Scorsese, Tarantino or Oliver Stone flick. Just a fun and solidly told story with a slight retelling of something we already know the results of.
3.5 Beards out of 5