Over­lord

The Observer - The New Review - - Film -

(109 mins, 18) Di­rected by Julius Av­ery; star­ring Jo­van Adepo, Wyatt Rus­sell

This gory B-movie ini­tially mas­quer­ades as a war film, but Nazi-oc­cu­pied France is sim­ply a con­ve­nient set­ting. Pri­vate Boyce (Fences’ Jo­van Adepo, a rod of charisma) is an African-Amer­i­can soldier who wouldn’t hurt a mouse; his trig­ger-happy foil the flax­en­haired Cor­po­ral Ford (Wyatt Rus­sell). The film pits them against SS of­fi­cer Wafner (a slimy Pilou As­baek), and plays with hor­ror tropes such as half-closed doors, creepy old ladies and sci­ence ex­per­i­ments gone wrong. Things even­tu­ally go full­body hor­ror, but luck­ily the film leans into its silli­ness, peak­ing with a hu­man head, still talk­ing, at­tached only to a beat­ing heart.

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