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3.1 of 5 from 426 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
, , Mathilde Ollivier, , , , , , Gianny Taufer, , , , , , , , , Gunther Wurger, Bart Lambert,
Directors:
Producers:
J.J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber
Writers:
Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainmen
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2019
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Go Behind Enemy Lines with Action-Packed Bonus Content!
  • The Horrors of War: Creation and Death No More
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2019
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, French Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Go Behind Enemy Lines with Action-Packed Bonus Content!
  • The Horrors of War: Brothers in Arms, Death Above, Death Below and More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2019
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, French Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Polish, Russian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bahasa Malaysian, Brazilian, Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Mandarin, Mandarin-Taiwan, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Mandarin, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (9) of Overlord

Good film, shame about the usual American arrogance! - Overlord review by CS

Spoiler Alert
28/03/2019

What's good about this film is that it's a fairly honest and graphic account of the true horrors of war. However we start off with a host of American Bombers full of Yanks attempting to liberate German occupied France, with the historically false premise that it was the Americans who saved Europe and won the War for us all (sic)! Then what follows is a well made slick, stylish and quite violent action war movie. The acting and direction are top notch as is the cinematography and the cast appear to work well together, the storyline, whilst not original, moves along quite nicely. Then towards the end we are introduced to the not quite Zombie element of the film but why this works so well is that it isn't a Zombie movie in the true sense, it more about experimentation and the horrors of war and isn't cheap or tacky like some horror movies can be. It's got quite a nice European feel to it, rather than the usual over the top American style you usually see, so all in a really great movie. However right at the end, we are treated to yet another nauseatingly false fact that under the command of General Eisenhower, the Yanks once agains saved and liberated Europe (sic), the fact is the Americans were far too busy profiting from the war and dealing with the Japanese at this point to have had much of an involvement by then! However what really ruins it is watching the extras, where the actors are so busy patting each other on the back and telling you how fantastic they all are, instead of talking about the film, it made me want to positively retch, it was that nauseating to watch!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Overlong, very silly, unrealistic, hokum Nazi horror B-movie - with diversity casting boxes ticked - Overlord review by PV

Spoiler Alert
31/03/2019

To enjoy a piece of drama or a film, an audience has to engage in the WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF. That is possible also in a fantasy setting - HOWEVER the characters MUST still be believable, in what they say and do AND what they look liks.

The idea that there were happy clap mixed black and white crews on US airplanes in 1945 for the Normandy landings is PURE fantasy - this was a time when racial segregation still existed in the southern states of the US and NO WAY would whites take orders from a black sergeant. This is NOT Viet Nam or the Gulf War. Watch SAVING PRIVATE RYAN to see how it really looked, or DUNKIRK.

The young pretty main character is not only black though - to tick those Hollywood diversity boxes - he is also totally unrealistic as he is PERFECT in every day. Like a black GI Mary Poppins circa 1945. He is so totally moral and perfect and always right he should have a halo. That makes that character absurd and means the suspension of disbelief is jarred.

This is overlong too with endless fight scenes and make-up/CGI for the kids; BUT it's nothing more than a B-movie with a daft plot and lots of gore. No better than WEREWOLVES OF THE THIRD REICH or other low budget stuff.

One star. It'd be 2 or even 2.5 if the pc diversity casting hadn't ruined it.

1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Excellent war film diminished by horror elements - Overlord review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
08/04/2019

The film begins with a bunch of US paras involved in the invasion of Europe in 1944. The chaotic scenes aboard the plane during aerial bombardment are brilliantly realised and the excitement continues on the ground as our band of brothers fight for survival. The fact that Germans and French speak in their own languages rather than in accented English adds to the sense of realism.

Then it’s all change. You’ll know from previews and promotions that there’s something very strange going on the Nazi compound, and this is where the film gets much less interesting. We’re soon into genre horror elements with the standard gross-out shock-horror tropes. The upshot? What could have been a brilliant war film turns into an unpalatable horror film. It’s supposed to be fun, but only irredeemable horror fans will find it so. It ends with a great tracking shot that shows what the film could have been. Pity.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Overlord review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Overlord is by far the best Nazi zombie I’ve ever seen. Okay, so that might not be the biggest bar to cross but consider how everything could’ve gone wacky with this picture and that the result is a film with a tongue firmly in cheek. It takes itself seriously with a gritty, gory, and intense edge to create a film with a convincing warzone and a terrifying dungeon of inhuman experiments. The blending of the brutality of war and monsters creates the WWII horror picture I never knew I wanted.

For the first half of the film, Overlord plays itself straight as a war picture. We come to know a company of American paratroopers on the eve of D-Day, tasked with taking down a German radio tower. The few who survive the explosive ride down include the fearful Private Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and the bloodthirsty Cpl. Ford (Wyatt Russell). They drop into a French village and try to keep a low profile, especially after over half their landing troops were slaughtered upon arrival. Boyce wants to maintain stealth and a commitment to doing right, while Ford can’t help himself from using a captured Nazi as a punching bag. The Nazis they are fighting are the ruthless kind, their hobbies including gunning down civilians in the streets and raping women when they’re all alone.

Up to the point where Boyce secretly breaks into the tower, it’s a gritty and engaging war movie. But then Boyce discovers the Nazi’s secret lab of hideous and frightening experiments and the film takes on a different sort of grit. The Nazi experiments are genuinely gross and creepy, showcasing mutated men and women that have had parts removed, including arms and spines, still kept alive and begging for death. Nazi Captain Wafner (Pilou Asbæk) will be one of the first to try out the latest serum that grants the ability of super strength and to regrow skin. Sure comes in handy after you’ve been shot in the face and bloody skin is hanging off your jaw.

Part of what makes Overlord so much fun is that there doesn’t feel like there’s an insistence to be winking at the camera. Nazi zombie romps tend to be pretty goofy but director Julius Avery keeps everything on the straight and narrow while still being action packed. The opening sequence of exploding planes is just as frightening and epic as the scene where a zombified Wafner brutalizes soldiers. The film still has its fun but doesn’t add extra jokes. You don’t need a lot of extra nudging to fully enjoy when Mathilde Ollivier goes from fearful French villager to flamethrower wielding warrior and incinerator of monsters.

I was impressed with how a film such as this manages to find a meat and potatoes vibe to its tale of war and horror, throwbacks and originality, camp and earnest. It’s almost subtle in how much it holds back from going full-on grindhouse giddy with its violence, holding back most of the nasty gore until the ultimate smackdown of American versus Nazi. That being said, it doesn’t waste a single blow towards its climax which goes the extra mile to make the action more brutal than cartoonish. And for that the film is able to be a fun romp without spoon-feeding the absurdity of it all to the audience. Overlord has set a very high bar for the Nazi zombie subgenre, small though it may be.

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