Overlord

Zombie Gore-Fest 'Overlord' Is the Perfect Post-Election Release

After enduring the midterm maelstrom, couldn't we all stand to watch some Nazis get theirs?

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As yet another draining, politically charged week comes to a close here in America, some are finding solace at the box office. Despite the release of films like the family-friendly Dr. Seuss' The Grinch or the Sarah Jessica Parker-led Here and Now, the true feel-good film this week comes from a flick that's as gory as it is cathartic. And that film is the zombie-war feature Overlord. Produced by J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber, Overlord tells the story of a group of American paratroopers who find themselves in a Nazi-occupied village in France at the height of World War II. Things then escalate quite quickly as they uncover a disturbing secret kept under wraps by occupying forces.

Unsurprisingly, the Julius Avery-directed Overlord isn't the cathartic experience needed for everyone. To be fair, there's absolutely no shame if seeing the Grinch reform his life for the 83rd time gives you life. Do you. But for those keen on gore and carnage, there's a sense of zombie Zen in winding down the week with a film that takes aim at a group of malevolent Nazis. Although movie crowds have become fairly accustomed to Nazis getting their asses handed to them on the big screen, it's even more of a fun-filled romp with Overlord, given the cringey rise of alt-right nationalism here in the United States, and the bipartisan smackdown that led up to Tuesday's midterm elections. All in all, it's the cinematic win we were blessed with when the political wins we needed didn't all come to fruition.
In addition to its cozily cathartic qualities, Overlord does a masterful job of meshing together several different film genres, including war, horror and action. The opening scene, which is arguably one of the most intense, edge-of-your-seat moments in the entire hour and 48 minutes, is cinematically stunning. A cascade of military aircrafts calmly cut through the sky before all hell breaks loose. It's indicative of what draws film fans into war movies. There's an intensity to it that keeps eyes glued and palms sweaty. History buffs, or those with a fond memory of AP English, likely know that the name of the film takes its cue from Operation Overlord, the codename for the Battle of Normandy. Additionally, the nitty and gritty of the film takes place on the eve of D-Day.

On the horror end, Overlord isn't here for constant jump scares, and it's a relief. Naturally, there are jump scares scattered here and there, but the true horror elements are subtle. The chillingly labored breathing coming from behind a closed door, or the sense of tension as a Nazi soldier nearly forces himself onto the movie's female lead, are a few of the ways a sense of uneasiness is placed in the film without having to rely on cheap thrills. 
Even the zombies in Overlord aren't reminiscent of your traditional film zombies. They lean more toward mutants born through experimentation than they do mindless, brain-eating zombies. They also possess additional qualities that make your run-of-the-mill Walking Dead zombies about as soft as freshly made Easy-Bake Oven cookies. Overlord does stay true to the canon of great zombie flicks, opting for plenty of guts and gore, but it doesn't overdo it.

In addition to its war and horror elements, Overlord packs on plenty of action. It's an element that is heavily present from beginning to end. Buildings blown to smithereens? Check. People blown to smithereens? There's no shortage of that, either. It is a film set during World War II, so all of the expected carnage is there, with ample bullets and blood to spare.
Watching Nazis get their asses handed to them is more fun than usual with Overlord, given the cringey rise of alt-right nationalism, and the bipartisan smackdown that led up to Tuesday's midterm elections.
Pulling off the nonstop action in Overlord is its cast, led by Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell. Taking on the roles of Boyce (Adepo) and Cpl. Ford (Russell), the duo ensures that back-to-back action segments don't grow tiring or too far-fetched. They also provide a welcome yin and yang-type relationship, with Bryce proving to be the film's kind-hearted New Orleanian, and Ford offering a no-nonsense approach to the zombie-fueled mayhem.

Whether you plan to "woosah" away your frustrations with a film that unexpectedly provides that feel-good moment needed to forget the stresses of the week, or just want to check out a kickass zombie flick, Overlord graciously provides both. Here's to finding ourselves no longer overstressed, overworked or flat-out over it, post-Overlord.

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