Outpost: Black SunJanuary. 01,2012
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A pair of investigators team up with a Special Forces Unit to venture deep inside a war raging between the military and a massive army of Nazi Zombie Stormtroopers. Their mission is to fight their way behind enemy lines, locate the technology at the source of this growing threat and prevent the seemingly inevitable rise of the 4th Reich.
I was a fan of the surprising Outpost of 2008. It was one of the few offerings of the last decade that rose above its cheapness. Steve Barker showed great potential, something that was made clear with the help of veteran character actors such as Ray Stevenson and Richard Brake; not to forget a tightly wound atmospheric soundtrack! Surprisingly, Steve Barker returned to write and direct this sequel and yet it plays like a franchise that has been continued by an amateur replacement.Whereas the film has strength in a few authentic battle-scenes and the use of functioning weapons and blanks instead of CGI muzzle fire (very important to me), this review isn't about trying to save what remains of a bad film. Its lack of good actors coupled with everything else that fails makes it fall flat beyond its promising opening scenes.Barker makes the mistake of reinventing what worked to such great effect the first time around. I understand that he was trying to broaden the scope for a greater sense of danger regarding the plot but he fails to deliver on a larger scale. And yet by the time we return to the bunker, it's almost as if the movie ran out of funding.Outpost was claustrophobic and played on informational - and sometimes sensory - deprivation. In Black Sun, the cinematography is loose, the characters are paper thin and rather than a sense of urgency, the film is paced with the impatience of a rushed production.Furthermore I was let down by the sudden differences in the undead Nazi threat. In Outpost they couldn't die, not even after the EMP blast in the final scenes. Now all of a sudden they're being defeated with knives and they're dumber. They don't attack with the same savagery and they do a lot of screaming, which kills the mystery that actually made them frightening.Finally, and I'm breaking my own rule of not spoiling movies in my reviews, what the hell made Steve Barker think it'd be good or scary in any way to throw a witch hag into the mix? The ending doesn't even deserve the result of your insulted intelligence!
I'd like to use this opportunity to remind the Marxists and liberals among you that the term "Nazi" is only short for "national-socialist", i.e. the only ideological and practical aspect that essentially separates Nazi lunacy from Communist idiocy are the concepts of racial purity i.e. rabid nationalism: the other garbage is pretty much the same. Just needed to mention that.I guess they figured they'd make more money with the sequel if they included a female this time around. The first "Outpost" movie was all-male, which made it less appealing, and I thank them for bringing the gorgeous Catherine Steadman into the fray. She's sort of the Natalie Portman type, only much prettier and a far better actress (which admittedly isn't difficult). I also thank them for not turning her character into some mindless lara-croftian uber-female who kills Nazombies with the ease of a skinny gun-waving supermodel having her period. Quite to the contrary, her character is quite naïve and even somewhat incompetent, though she does prove to have above-human powers by actually surviving a shot through the chest at point-blank – without immediate medical aid; more on that nonsense later.What I'd like to know is why the Nazombies (Nazi zombies, for those of you who still haven't figured it out) don't use their odor to kill the enemy. These undead goofballs have been wearing the same uniforms for nearly 70 years, and because I have a hunch that zombies don't wash their clothes – ever – I suggest that next time they should try torturing and maiming NATO and UN troops by scent alone. There was a huge magnetic-field-disseminating/whatever-the-hell machine, but no WASHING machine anywhere in sight in that large bunker. The stench alone should have had Steadman ill for hours, vomiting up her last 15 breakfasts. One swift rising of the armpit by a Nazombie would have had a whole NATO battalion writhing in agony. (Of course, in this scenario the NATO soldiers would have glued to their nostrils together by sticking clothes pegs, but that would result in too much hilarity for this "serious" movie.) The plot is so silly that the "History Channel" should find plenty of ideas here for the next season of "Ancient Aliens". The film's ridiculous over-the-top quasi-advanced-aliens super-machine should be right up their alley. The movie ends with a lot of frankly unnecessary pomp, reminiscent of (i.e. ripping off) "The Raiders of the Lost Ark" and even "Return of the Jedi".I have never understood the moronic tendency in these Nazombie flicks to make the Nazombie commander more intelligent than the other Nazombies. A zombie is a zombie, right? They're pretty much a classless lot, fulfilling the old Marxist dream of total equality. Or not. I know this is just horror-film fluff, but it's a bit silly that this zombie-manufacturing machine would actually live more brain-cells in the heads of commanders, while leaving the privates and other lower-ranked Nazombies as dumb as watermelons. If the Nazombie regulars have an IQ of 16, that should leave a top boss like Klausner with an IQ of 23; but all this means is that Klausner should take an hour less to tie his boots – hardly the skills of a leader. Even sillier, Klausner's face is the only Nazombie mug that has stayed intact, i.e. he pretty much still looks like his old human self, whereas all the other (low-ranked) Nazombies look almost exactly alike. Very silly indeed.I can't decide whether a giggling Nazombie witch waving an injection around gives the film a note of originality or merely renders it even more ridiculous. You be the judge. One thing I do know though: the ending IS laughable. Once Coyle (stupidly cast as an American, with a goofy fake accent, as if there is such a thing as a shortage of American actors!) double-crosses Steadman, things get extremely stupid. It gets dumber in the last scene, when Coyle and Steadman declare war on each other like two snotty kids. (Which means that this brunette girly yet AGAIN chases after an international mastermind criminal ALONE, without the help of professional institutions such as CIA that actually do know what the hell they're doing.) The producers were hell-bent on doing more sequels, and they wanted to make sure we knew. Thank you for letting me know, movie – for letting me know that the sequel will be even DUMBER so that I can avoid watching it. (Unless Steadman is in it again; then I'll think about it.)Kosovo isn't located on planet Zong hence hasn't got only two colors, you know – as this movie might mislead you to believe. But that's the problem with these modern films: directors nowadays seem to think that depressing-looking mono-colour visuals make for a dazzling cinematic experience. Hello CGI, goodbye colour. What the hell?
. . . . than anyone would like this movie. Only two positives: Opening scene with Lena chasing Nazis & the "way cool" automatic machine guns the troopers were using. Everything else sucked!!!! Well, the Nazi zombies were pretty cool, but all the roaring reminded me of my Beagle barking continuously - very irritating.Basically this movie made me not care. It was boring, and at the end I just wanted it to be over. Thanks heavens I only paid $1 to rent it & even then I think I got screwed.Long periods of time where nothing happened - maybe I fell asleep - I certainly hope so.Actually I made a mistake when I rented it - I saw an advertisement for another movie - Outpost War in Hell & I thought why not see this one first? I may still rent the first one. But I doubt it.It made me sick to see the original Dawn of the Dead (Monroeville Mall) mentioned in the same breath as this clunker. Stay away - stay very far away. DonB
Exceptionally well-made piece of work with top-notch production values all round. Fantastic acting from the leads down to the small parts, great use of sound, excellent dramatic lighting and powerful, gripping camera-work especially in the action sequences. Some truly shocking moments and great plot-twists and surprises. My favourite parts of this film were actually not the battle-scenes but some of the dialogue scenes particularly the final one with the two men. Extremely good casting and some great performances from not just the leads who were uniformly great but all the tiny roles as well since it's essential to ensure every actor (no matter how small the role is) is great in a film like this otherwise cracks would start to show.