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Outpost (2008)

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In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.

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Steve Barker

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Rae Brunton (screenplay), Kieran Parker (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ray Stevenson ... DC
Julian Wadham ... Hunt
Richard Brake ... Prior
Paul Blair Paul Blair ... Jordan
Brett Fancy ... Taktarov
Enoch Frost ... Cotter
Julian Rivett ... Voyteche
Michael Smiley ... McKay
Johnny Meres Johnny Meres ... The Breather
Xuki Robeli Xuki Robeli ... Newsreader
Mark Smith Mark Smith ... Nazi Soldier #1
Graeme Temple Graeme Temple ... Nazi Soldier #3
Charlie Jeffrey Charlie Jeffrey ... Nazi Soldier #2
Fergus Johnston Fergus Johnston ... Special Forces Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt McClure ... Rescue Soldier
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Storyline

In a seedy bar in a town ravaged by war, mysterious businessman Hunt hires ex-marine D.C. to assemble a crack team of ex-soldiers to protect him on a dangerous journey into no-man's land. To this gang of hardened warriors, battle-worn veterans and borderline criminals killing is just a job - and one they enjoy. Their mission - to scope out an old military bunker. It should be easy - 48 hours at the most. Lots of cash for little risk, or so he says. Once at the outpost, the men make a horrific discovery that turns their mission on its head - the scene of a bloody and gruesome series of experiments, carried out by the Nazis on their own soldiers during WWII. Amid the carnage, they find something even more disturbing - someone who's still alive. As war rages above ground, and a mysterious enemy emerges from the darkness below, D.C. and his men find themselves trapped in a claustrophobic and terrifying scenario. Their mission is no longer one of safe-guarding - it's one of survival. ... Written by Anonymous

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You can't kill what's already dead

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A helyőrség See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When DC pulls out the pistol from its holder in the generator chamber, its sound is identical to Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) when the player swaps weapons. Similarly, when the soldiers emerge from the truck, the slamming noise is the same as in RTCW when the player attempts to open a locked wooden door. See more »

Goofs

After they find the Iron Cross, Jordan shows the round he dug out of Mac's arm to DC, who identifies it as "an old 7.62", implying it is a German WWII projectile. 7.62 is the far more modern NATO caliber derived from .308 Winchester though. The rifle round used by the German Wehrmacht was 7.92×57mm (unless they were talking about the Luger pistol round but that was 7.65×21mm Parabellum). See more »

Quotes

DC: Never did care much for the great outdoors.
Prior: Yeah, ain't like we were gonna do *good* things for the rest of our lives. Fuck, we killed most everybody else. I figure it's about time we touched gloves with some Nazis, huh?
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Connections

Followed by Outpost: Black Sun (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) - Overture
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra) (conductor: Michael Halász)
Licensed from Select Music and Video Distribution Limited
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nice little Brit supernatural movie big on atmosphere low on FX
22 February 2008 | by inkslugSee all my reviews

Us Brits have got reasonably good at producing limited budget scary flicks like this where a group of armed protagonists are stuck in an isolated location and have to fight supernatural forces (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Deathwatch). I enjoyed most of this movie. It only started to get ridiculous towards the end. Anyone who gets the twists in movies easily will have the entire film sussed in the first twenty minutes, and anyone who doesn't might be pleasantly surprised by it. Either way it makes it difficult to comment directly without spoiling it.

However I can say this. A rag tag group of mercenaries are hired on false pretences to accompany and protect a scientist in search of something in an abandoned bunker in Eastern Europe. We get to this point fairly quickly without a laborious preamble. Once there, strange things begin to happen and the soldiers begin to get picked off. There is a reason for these goings on, and to start with it is handled quite well but the writer/director messed up big time by not exploring it more and because early on walls and doors are no obstacle to the enemy, and claymores and trip wires remain untriggered. The enemy does not do what they want it to, it cannot be predicted and comes an goes in small groups. However in the climax the walls and doors are an obstacle and suddenly the enemy is very helpful in it's own possible demise, setting off claymores and tripwires and coming at them en masse and predictably.

Additionally I would very much like to have seen more exploration of why these things were happening and the motivation of the enemy. But alas there isn't and in the final act it just becomes silly, their actions show they have an agenda but earlier on it was explained that they were just doing what they knew.

Because of budget limitations there are very few special effects but be clear this isn't a 'low budget' film with all the negatives that go with that label. what is done is done well, it's very atmospheric, and the lighting and cinematography is very good. The actors all put in decent performances, there's a couple of good lines, one very iconistic shot with a flag (you'll know when you see it) and some good gruesome deaths.

All told this is quite a good movie given it's limitations, but what a shame the story gets silly in the final act. I came away having enjoyed it but for once in my life wishing it had had some big US money behind it.

Worth watching. Not as good as Dog Soldiers, or The Descent but better than Deathwatch and The Cave.


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