November 14, 2018

Overlord Review

Affirmative, lieutenant. Bears do shit in the woods.

Nazis and zombies are not as fresh a take as Overlord may believe, and this exuberant if unmemorable action-horror hybrid will be more at home on Netflix than at the multiplex. A band of brothers—including Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn’s kid, Wyatt Russell—are dropped behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day to blow up something in order for the invasion to go as planned. More importantly, the Allied soldiers discover a Nazi laboratory where the Third Reich is creating an invincible army to help it rule for a thousand years.

The movie, filled as it is with explosions and hail after hail of bullets, delivers the action goods, while the gross, glistening lab specimens add enough horror to nearly balance the equation. Video-game fans wanting a Wolfenstein movie may be pleased if they mentally slap the moniker B.J. Blazkowicz on the soldiers played by Jovan Adepo or Russell. Like many of the movies seeking to manufacture a gaming ethos, Overlord struggles to be as much fun to watch as it would be to play, and frankly, were it a game, it would be just as easily forgotten.