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Combat - WWII, Horror

Overlord (2018)

Overlord

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story An original screenplay taking place during the D-Day invasion in 1944
Director Julius Avery
Writers/Script Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith
Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Anderson, Marc Rissmann, Joseph Quinn

Elevator Pitch: During the D-Day invasion of Europe a group of American airborn soldiers are parachuted into France to secure a German radio tower. Helped by a young French woman, they hide up in a house and wait for the time to attack. During a recon, Private Ed Boyce is accidentally transported into an underground medical facility where strange stuff is going on, and from which he steals a syringe of liquid. What does it do? When a German officer arrives and attempts to initiate sex with the young woman the guys take a hand and the whole game changes, but not quite in the way they expect.

Content: There is no sex or nudity, or drinking but maybe a bit of casual smoking. We see the guys in their plane, and it and the whole attack force undergoing anti-aircraft fire. Stunning. The small number survivors regroup and make it to the French village. Interaction between the French girl, her little brother and the Americans on and off throughout. A number of firefights between German soldiers and the Americans. The Americans are better shots. A lot of time spent in the underground medical facility, in semi darkness and amongst bizaar looking equipment. Can’t say more!

A View:  I was really impressed by the first twenty minutes of the film, apparently using actual effects rather than CGI. However, once the guys had arrive in the house where they hole up things fall apart. Why does the Corporal keep sending people out, apart from plot requirements? Why does the French boy have a baseball and glove in 1944? Considering it was produced by J.J. Abrams, I was surprised that it did not make any money. I can say that it was a bit too gory to me, but if you warfare and gore it could be for you.

Additional Info: I include this so that we remember the world in 1944. In this film the hero is a black soldier, but  it was not until 1948 that the President signed an order ending segregation in the armed forces, and not until 1963 that it was fully put into effect.

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