Garrett and Carson raise the dead while talking about the Nazi zombies in Overlord.
Overlord starts with a nearly can’t miss premise: A World War 2 airborne platoon stumbles across some experimental Nazi-Zombie-Monster-Things. What could be better than that setup? The good guys and bad guys are firmly established before you even take your seat. The ultimate evil getting eviler. If you feel like that all sounds vaguely familiar, you probably have played the game Wolfenstein. Other than there is no Hitler in an Iron Man suit to fight at the end, Overlord stays pretty close to the video game story. Maybe they are just saving that for the sequel.
Overlord is made pretty well. It is much more of an actual movie than I had anticipated. It is well shot, well acted, and the effects used to bring the Nazi-Zombie-Monster-Things to life were frighteningly realistic. Although, the balance seemed off for a movie like this. I had hoped for much more of the Nazi-Zombie-Monster-Things and less of the other character development and side plots. Had the script been more original and less straight forward, I could have appreciated this type of an approach. However it wasn’t, so the Nazi-Zombie-Monster-Things needed to be featured earlier and more often for my tastes.
Overlord manages to provide all of the pulpiness of a B-movie grindhouse film while escaping the pitfalls of shoddy effects and terrible acting that usually accompany those movies.