Sometimes it is difficult to watch, but is often entirely engrossing at the same time, getting its balance entirely correct to not put off the audience

Nazi zombies is an idea that will strike many with a fear of extreme repetition and mindless horror. But it was unlikely that world renowned sci-fi producer/director JJ Abrams was going to create a picture that stuck to what was known as a classic historic zombie story. Overlord is a perfect change, as it twists away from where the story would typically go, placing it firmly in history, and firmly in the memory.

Private Ed Boyce (Jovan Adepo) is part of an American paratrooper regiment landing in a quiet village located in Northern France. Their mission is to take out a radio tower based on top of the local church, currently blocking any allied forces communication. But as they search the underground caverns, they discover something far more sinister, with the village residents becoming laboratory subjects for a terrible series of experiments.

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The layers of history, and cinematic history, Overlord references make the film a deeply fascinating watch. From the opening scene there is an incredible realism about the film, and one that rivals many of the best war films ever made. It creates an immersion and a fear that often brings out the best in combat films, but Overlord is made different by its twist taking the story in a brand new direction, whilst still holding on to its original theme.

There seems to be an obsession resonating from the film with creating a realistic world. This is entirely an event that could have happened, using technology and ideologies that were very common or at least in the forefront of minds at the time. Overlord is a majestically constructed horror, with real quality to it. Sometimes it is difficult to watch, but is often entirely engrossing at the same time, getting its balance entirely correct to not put off the audience.

The performances are entirely believable, and help to carry the script and the plot. And however strange it feels to relate to a Nazi zombie film and believe it could have happened, it does manage to show just how excellently Overlord has been both produced and directed.

4/5

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