Critic Consensus: Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.
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Critic Reviews for Overlord
It escalates slowly, it builds, and then when you get to the final third of this film once the horror elements break out it's a thrill ride.
Overlord is to fact as Churchill was to sobriety, or Trump to modesty.
Overlord takes many elements you've seen before and creates a mashup that's able to deliver some gory fun, riveting suspense, zombie horrors, and terrifying depictions of modern war in equal measure.
It helps to be in the mood for a period Nazi zombie shoot-'em-up but it's very successful at being a bit of fun and bloody counterprogramming.
It's reasonably good, creepy fun, provided you're not troubled by fleeting, uncomfortable thoughts like "Hey, that screaming bloodthirsty mutant monster could theoretically be a reanimated Anne Frank."
Audience Reviews for Overlord
The first 30 minutes are actually a pretty straight war movie in the tradition of Saving Private Ryan or Inglourious Basterds, even quoting those. The most unrealistic part of the beginning is a French woman speaking good English. Then we're going through a bit of a slow middle part as the little French town is set up before we're reaching the promised horror and splatter territory. But even during the trashy and silly last act, the film plays its "war caper" cards pretty straight, which is admirable. The result is pretty damn entertaining, sometimes even exciting. I merely expected a little more craziness or a somewhat more interesting caper. Still, well done.
A comer for classic right out of the gate, this sci-fi WW2 funhouse is a monster itself, ("it's aliiiiive!"), borrowing familiar genres and sowing them together to create a lumbering juggernaut that's fresh while still remaining strangely familiar. Re-watchable? Again and again.
The movie can be quite tense and thrilling, and it is funny that, while not very bright, the main character is lucky enough to stumble on information after information by pure chance and not get killed after thirty minutes - which makes everything even more fun to watch.
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