It is the World War 2 and the eve of D-Day when a team of American soldiers are dropped behind enemy lines, deep into Nazi occupied France. Their mission is to destroy a radio transmitter on top of a heavily fortified old church by dawn the next day. The destruction of the transmitter is crucial to the success of the D-Day invasion.
The plane carrying the soldiers comes under heavy fire as it nears their destination, eventually being shot down. Only a small group of the men survive and as the soldiers make their way towards the town, they stumble across a French villager Chloe (Ollivier) who has little choice but to show them the way. It soon becomes apparent that Chloe is a rebel and as they join forces to get the soldiers to the church on time (ha ha), so begins a night that will be unlike anything any of them will ever experience again.
As well as our brave, young soldiers and our plucky French heroine, we have a sick aunt, an adorable kid brother, a sleazy Nazi boss you will want to throttle yourself, a mad scientist, some murderous Nazis and a village full of unwilling medical experimentees.
Oh and did I forget to mention this movie is produced by the team at Bad Robot. So that makes this a J.J Abrams movie. So yeah, you know where this is all heading, right?
Why should I watch it : The first half of the movie is an above average war movie. The opening scene with the army plane coming under heavy German fire and ultimately being shot down is truly exceptional. The soldiers have to hide at the local village as the Nazis come looking for them but then, once they find their way to the old church and we get to see what’s going on inside….. that’s when the fun really starts!
Anyone with even a passing interest in the Nazis knows they got up to some pretty freaky shit during World War 2. With strong interests in the supernatural, psychics and other unworldly things, we also know they had a very liberal view of what was and was not acceptable under the guise of medical experiments. Be it fact, fiction, fantasy or whatever, it all of this comes together here.
The second half of the movie rolls past in a seemingly endless assault of blood, gore, violence, big needles filled with weird fluids, guns, corpses, Nazis, a full on class nerd mad scientist (who you just know will always insist on the integrity of his work) and one or two talking heads on a spine.
I admit, I spent more than a few minutes watching the movie from behind my hands, willing the blood and gore to be gone! Alas, this was not to be.
This movie is everything the trailer promises it to be. And more.
4 1/2 stars
Running Time : 110 minutes
Release Date : In cinemas now
Who is in it : Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De Casetecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am Sue-Ellen (never Sue please, but feel free to ditch the hyphen).After 8 or so years writing content for various online sites and publications, I decided to venture forth on my own and founded Write Here Copywriting in late 2017. My main goal is to help small businesses find their voice in the white noise of the interwebs. It may seem a little daunting to begin with, but when we commit to working together, your voice will suddenly ring clear and true.