Overlord (2018): Action / Adventure / Horror

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An American airborne unit lands on Nazi-occupied France only to discover a horror beyond the Nazis.

Brutal, savage, and sadistic, “Overlord”, keeps you on the edge of your seat. If there is anything worse than the Nazis, that is the realization of their twisted psychosis. Focusing on “Operation Overlord”, an operation that took place in parallel with “Operation Neptune” (both of them put together became known as D-Day), J.J. Abrams produces Julius Avery’s historical horror where¬†“Band of Brothers” (2001) meets the “Night of the Living Dead” (1968).

Strong first act with an even stronger opening sequence, practical visual effects that beat CGI every single time, and acting that makes its implausibility easy to swallow. Is it flawless? Nope. Is it to be taken seriously? Not really. Does one forget their problems for almost two hours and get sucked in? Hell. Yeah.

A lot of unnecessary negativity surrounds the film but people tend to oversee sometimes why a film could have possibly been made, the purpose it might serve, and the unpredictable outcome an experimental genre mixture may have.

I’ve said this before, I’m saying it again, and I will keep on saying it: I don’t aim at the film but the intentions behind it.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016): Drama / Horror / Mystery

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J.J Abrams strikes back! With a one location, slow burn, claustrophobic, gripping mystery / thriller (occasionally horror), that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Is John Goodman actually a deranged, child-abuser? Should Mary Elizabeth Winstead escape? What’s happening out there? Are they better off inside? That said, the third act put off the vast majority of the fans. But I’ll leave it up to you.¬† Don’t read anything about it, just watch it.

Whether it ties to “Cloverfield” (2008) or not, it is something that you need to figure out. Then, should you decide that it is a “blood-relative”, figure out how. And should you figure that one out, then when. And after you think you have connected all the dots, watch “The Cloverfield Paradox” (2018) and feel free to gouge your eyes in.