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On the eve of D-Day, the 5th of June, 1944, several American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success: destroy a radio tower built in a little castle of an old French town that the Third Reich uses for communication between Berlin and Normandy beaches' bunkers. Due to the intense enemy fire, the planes are shot down and most soldiers die in the landing or are killed by the Nazis' night patrols after they taking land. However, a private named Ed Boyce survives to find Corporal Ford, a last-minute incorporation from Italy and a veteran expert in bombs and explosives, rogue sniper Tibbet, war photographer Chase, and finally private Dawson. After they watch the killing of their superior Sargeant Eldson by a Nazi night patrol, Ford turns in the leader of the group and they try to get the town with the tower in order to complete the mission. In the forest close to the town, almost arriving to it, they meet Chloe, a villager who ...Written by
Original version of the script written in 2013 by screenwriter Billy Ray was very different in some parts than the final movie, before it was changed over the years and after another writer Mark L. Smith was brought in to polish the script. One of the biggest differences included only having Boyce, Ford and Chloe as main heroes, and far more focus on horror elements of the story. Entire third act and action scenes in the ending were almost completely different than the ones in the film. For example, Boyce, Ford and Chloe were fighting against even more undead Nazis inside the church and laboratory and using every weapon they had or found trying to stop them, at one point Boyce even throws some grenades at Nazis but when that doesn't work he has to use giant sword to decapitate them, and then uses the flamethrower to burn last ones before blowing them up for good. See more »
When the American soldiers arrived in the house and went to the attic. The Corporal sat down and hair was shaggy and messy. The camera went to the other characters when they spoke. When the camera went back to Corporal Ford. His hair was sorted and brush back. The camera went to the other characters again when they spoke. Then when the camera came back to Corporal Ford. His hair was shaggy and messy again. See more »
Any of you got a cigarette? No one? Sweet Jesus
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After the film was given the restricted R18+ rating in Australia, Paramount Pictures decided to edit out almost 1 minute of footage to lessen the violence for the cinema version. The subsequent re-submission got the film a more accessible MA15+ rating. Although this version never ended up getting released due to Paramount Pictures changing their minds to instead give the original R18+ rated cut to cinemas. See more »
A great blend of genres (each done well) - shame about the final 30 mins
If you want to go in to watching this film without seeing the trailer, then don't read any reviews - including this one. There are no spoilers beyond what the trailer shows.
I make that opening claim because if you hadn't seen the trailer, you wouldn't know of the dual-genre nature of Overlord. The genre shift to full-blown 'zombies-but-not-quite' action comes after 75 minutes of truly brilliant wartime drama with some moderate scares. The opening scenes of the paratroopers entrance to the war-torn French countryside is a particular highlight for its chaotic, intense and disorientating depiction of what it must've been like for those who did the deed for real in WW2.
The horror element begins to build early on but is never an indication of the upcoming genre shift (if you've not seen the trailer, at least) until the point (From Dusk to Dawn style) where it's made clear that we're not in Kansas anymore. The only bummer I can think of is the film falls into the trap of a predictable final 30 minutes. With all the enjoyment had before then, it's so disappointing to feel let down at the last hurdle.
The soundtrack is immense, the cinematography is brooding without being dark (a style which works for both of the film's genres), and the CGI special effects are affectingly convincing. Don't expect great things from the script (which includes several awful one-liner comebacks), but I think this film will go down as one of the great zombie films of recent years, and may even be noted for its even better turn as a war film.
Best quote: "What is this?!" - "Our greatest achievement. With it, we create super-Nazis; a thousand year army and it's thousand year soldiers."
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