Overlord

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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WWII-set horror movie is ultra-gory but entertaining.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Despite the movie's extreme gore, the necessity of violence is questioned multiple times. A central character prioritizes saving people over fighting/death. Nothing is solved, but the discussion is interesting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of extremely iffy/violent behavior on display, but Boyce as a good heart and chooses not to use violence if it's not necessary. He's clever and helpful and wants to try to save as many people as he can. In general, the good guys in this movie try to help one another whenever they can, even if it means risking their own safety. Diversity within the cast.

Violence

Extreme gore and blood. Lots of guns/shooting; characters are shot and killed, with sprays of blood. Explosions. Many dead bodies. Bloody wounds. Jump scares. A Nazi tries to rape a woman but is interrupted. Punching, kicking, beating with blunt objects. Stabbing and slicing, twisting knife in wound. A plane shot down; it catches fire and explodes. Lots and lots of screaming and yelling. Weird, horrifying images and gory makeup. Twisted, crazed monsters. Stomping on monster head, with smashed brains and gore. Hole in face. Exploding head. Severed limbs. Impalement. Monsters burned with flamethrowers. Pile of unidentified bones/guts in woods (a jackal?). Vomiting. Chasing, violently grabbing a woman. Nazis set a pile of Jesus sculptures on fire.

Sex
Language

Several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "son of a bitch," "bastard," "hell," "scheisse," "Goddamn," "holy Christ," "Christ almighty."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Overlord is an extremely gory horror/war movie set during WWII that involves the re-animated dead -- twisted, crazed monsters (some of which are burned with flamethrowers). Expect non-stop blood, guns/shooting, explosions, and dead bodies. A woman is chased and grabbed at, and a Nazi officer tries to rape a woman but is interrupted. Characters are punched, beaten, kicked, bashed with blunt objects, sliced and stabbed (with a knife twisted in the wound). There's also impalement, smashed brains and gore, a hole in a face, an exploding head, and severed limbs. Characters also swear frequently, including "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." None of this is treated comically, and it can be shocking -- but it's also well-made and surprisingly thoughtful (and, for adult fans of extreme horror, crazy fun).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCultClassic Reviews November 9, 2018

Grindhouse-style horror/action slaughter fest is ultra bloody... and ultra awesome.

I'll cut to the chase. Overlord is freakishly violent, with brutal, bloody shootouts and disturbing horror sequences, with the added plus of having it set... Continue reading
Adult Written byMastergerwe November 12, 2018

Very gory

Parents need to know that Overlord is a very gory graphic zombie war movie. Lots of people die, there is tons of swearing, and the experiments are extremely gra... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEthan B. November 10, 2018

OVERLORD!!!

I am a 14 year old and just watched this in the theater with my dad. We both really liked it. Many people say this film is a B-movie; No way. Overlord is 100% n... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNmcgrann13 November 12, 2018

Not what is seems to be, but a good movie.

This movie is "ultra gory" and "bloody", but there is not as much of it as it seems. People expect it to be a zombie shoot em up movie, like... Continue reading

What's the story?

In OVERLORD, a group of American soldiers has the task of parachuting into France to knock out a Nazi radio transmitter in a church. They have just hours to complete their mission before American forces land at Normandy. But their plane is shot down, and several men don't survive the landing. Only Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell), Private Boyce (Jovan Adepo), and a few others make it. In the woods, they meet a French woman, Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier), who lives near the church and helps them. But something is very wrong with Chloe's aunt. Then, a Nazi officer (Pilou Asbaek) intrudes and complicates matters. Things get even trickier when Boyce finds his way into the basement of the church and discovers a secret laboratory, where astonishing, horrifying experiments are underway. The small band of ragtag Americans must face impossible odds if the day is to be saved.

Is it any good?

This ultra-gory hybrid movie is more fun than a typical war movie and more intense than a typical horror movie. Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery, Overlord -- which feels something like Inglourious Basterds crossed with Re-Animator -- goes along for the first hour as if it were an ordinary WWII movie, albeit one that's rather noisy and with quite a lot of shaky-cam footage. But it's a good story, with interesting characters, and it works. Then, not unlike From Dusk Till Dawn -- which suddenly morphed from one kind of movie into another -- Overlord goes completely bonkers.

For a while, Avery drops a few curious hints, and then the surprises keep getting bigger and more shocking. Curiously, the director's camerawork improves here, too, roaming the spaces of Chloe's home, with its nifty attic space, and the lower reaches of the church, with its bubbling wells of mysterious ooze and racks of sinister scientific equipment, with new clarity and purpose. Despite a few cliches, the performances are likewise rich, with Adepo (Fences) bringing a strong sense of good into the den of nastiness. As a bonus, the screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) ponders the concept of evil in an interesting way, specifically the pure evil of Nazis compared to the violent methods used by the Americans who are trying stop them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Overlord's extreme violence. What effect did it have? Did it scare you? Did it make you squeal or laugh? Does exposure to violent media make kids more aggressive?

  • Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of scary movies?

  • Were you expecting a debate about the necessity of violence from this kind of movie? Do you agree with Boyce's viewpoint?

  • Is Boyce a role model? Why or why not?

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