Rewrit­ing his­tor

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE -

❍(18,

110 mins) Hor­ror/Thriller/Ac­tion/Ro­mance

DI­REC­TOR Julius Av­ery glee­fully rewrites his­tory the ex­ces­sively gory hor­ror thriller Over­lord, which un­folds on the eve of the Nor­mandy land­ings.

A blood­thirsty script penned by Billy Ray and Mark L Smith adopts a black and white ap­proach t char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion — Ger­mans bad, ev­ery­one else go — to jus­tify a bar­rage of bru­tal­ity to­wards pan­tom vil­lains in Nazi uni­forms.

The vi­o­lence is re­lent­less, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the Out­post and Dead Snow hor­ror fran­chises and the first-per­son Wolfenstein videogames to imag­ine a bat­tle royale be­tween plucky US para­troop­ers and sadis­tic Ger­mans, who are con­duct­ing di­a­bol­i­cal ex­per­i­ments in the cat­a­comb a church.

There are flick­ers of touch­ing hu­man drama be­neath the glis­ten­ing en­trails but Av­ery’s pri­mar con­cern is de­liv­er­ing a vis­ual sucker punch.

He achieves a knock­out blow with a tour de for

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