Director: Julius Avery
Release Date: November 9th 2018
With Overlord, director Julius Avery (Son of a Gun, 2014) and producer JJ Abrams (Star Trek, 2009) gift us a movie filled with over the top blood and tons of action. Visually, the film feels like it’s right out of the 80’s. The story itself, however, takes place during World War II. The only difference in this re-imagining of the war, is that it’s filled with some good ol’ fashion Nazi-zombie killing.
When a small group of American soldiers are dropped into enemy territory to destroy a radio transmitter, they soon realize that there is something fishy going on in the Nazi-run village. The transmitter is located inside a secure church. Soon after their arrival, Boyce (Jovan Adepo), one of the American soldiers, sneaks his way into the church and realizes that there is much more than just a transmitter inside. Boyce finds a collection of burnt, incoherent and sick citizens being held hostage. The rattled Boyce tells the other soldiers what he saw. Ford (Wyatt Russell), the general and alpha dog of the group could care less what Boyce has seen and wants nothing more than to stick to the plan. When a couple of things don’t break in their favor, Ford and his soldiers are forced to take on the zombie experiment hostages.
Like many of its predecessors, Overlord is just another zombie film. The only difference is that the acting involved gives the viewer a real sense of empathy for its characters. Adepo does a phenomenal job of portraying a kind, innocent soldier; someone who may or may not be cut out for the war, let alone Zombie killing. Adepo has shined in other roles as well, most notably as Denzel’s son in the 2016 drama Fences.
You would think, given that JJ Abrams produced Overlord, there would have been a bit more hype around its release. After all, who says no to a zombie, thriller, slasher, mystery movie? Abrams, known for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and ABC’s Lost, usually recoups at the Box Office off of his name alone, however Overlord’s earnings fell short of its budget in its opening two weeks.
Overlord is the perfect movie to see if you are looking for something to do on a boring afternoon. The film is just good enough to pay money to see, but it may not be good enough if you have to go out of your way. The best way to put it would be: If Overlord winds up on either Netflix or Hulu, it is worth a look. The film feels like if it finds its way onto Netflix, it will live a second life. It will be one of those “Bro I watched this sick Zombie movie on Netflix” movies which isn’t necessary a bad thing.