By Hugh Brown
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – “Overlord” is a World War II film about a group of paratroopers sent into Nazi-occupied France on the eve of D-Day to disable a radio tower. On their mission, they encounter the results of unnatural Nazi experiments.
“Overlord” is the type of film that has no reason to be as good as it is. Coming off of the critical flop “Cloverfield Paradox,” J.J. Abrams had people weary of the projects he was choosing to produce.
For those who don’t remember or aren’t aware, last February during the Super Bowl there was a trailer for “Cloverfield Paradox,” sequel to Abram’s 2008 film “Cloverfield” and the 2016 film “10 Cloverfield Lane.” The trailer revealed that the film would be dropping immediately after the game was over. This generated instant buzz, causing people to speculate that this was the future of viral marketing. The movie would have a trailer released and release on Netflix the same day.
It wasn’t until “Paradox” was released that it seemed clear what Abrams was doing. The film was a critical flop. Most speculated that Abrams had produced the film and realized that it would flop in theaters, so he turned it into a “Cloverfield” film to ride off of the success of the previous two films and sold it to Netflix.
Rumors surfaced that the next film produced by Abrams would be another “Cloverfield” sequel, but it was soon confirmed that this rumor was false and the film was revealed to be “Overlord.”
It is revealing to see that “Paradox” was a one-off fluke and Abrams still produces quality work. As far as the film itself, there’s nothing unexpected. It’s a World War II film about secret Nazi experiments. It is a fun movie for a date; the film definitely has enough scary and tense moments to be a satisfying thriller.
The production aspect is nothing special; the film looks and sounds “fine” and the emersion is “serviceable.” The point of the film is to go and have a fun time and forget about the outside world for two hours. And it does that well.
“Overlord” is nice because it’s the type of film that you see once and then you’re done. In the world of “cinematic universes” and sequels and remakes being commonplace, it’s always refreshing to see a movie, enjoy it, and leave after. It’s a beautiful thing. Overall the film was a 6/10.
See “Overlord” in theaters now.