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Eppler: "Overlord" a twist on World War II movies

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"Overlord" is a very different kind of World War II movie - less "Saving Private Ryan" and more "Saving Private Ryan from Nazi Zombie Super Soldiers."

The release timing for "Overlord" is perfect - both because of Veterans Day weekend and because Nazis have kinda made a comeback. It's a blast of a B-movie that feels fresh and oddly relevant. Director Julius Avery opens the movie like gangbusters with U.S. paratroopers shot down over France hours before D-Day in a thrilling sequence.

These soldiers' mission is to take out a transmitter before U.S. troops storm the beach the next morning, but they find the Nazis are up to something horrifying in this small town. All this craziness is anchored by an earnest performance by Jovan Adepo - serving as the movie's hero and conscience.

"Overlord" evolves from being a tense war movie into a zombie splatter fest - mixing genres in a pretty creative way. It's revisionist history, and the ending feels a bit uncomfortable knowing what's really coming the next day. But there's still something supremely enjoyable about watching the Americans beating the Nazis, even in this outlandish scenario. 

EPPLER'S RATING: * * * 1/2

RATING SCALE

* * * * * Incredible - One of the best of the year
* * * * Excellent - Touches greatness with only minor quibbles
* * * Good - Plenty to like, definitely worth seeing
* * Mediocre - You can do better
* Awful  - The worst, an insult to movies

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