Published on March 18th, 2008 | by Chris1
In the UK-produced Outpost, we get to follow a mysterious band of mercenaries hired by an even more mysterious man into the forests of Eastern Europe. The mission? Well, he's not telling.
The group makes its way into the forest, and comes across a long overgrown bunker of some sort. They venture inside, and quickly realize that they're not on any ordinary mission.In fact, they've stumbled into one of the greatest, and most terrible scientific experiments the Nazis mustered up during World War II. In this bunker, the Germans dabbled with the very fabric of space and time, to create the fabled UberSoldat. What they created instead was a legion of undead, who still haunt the outpost to this day.
Once you've suspended your disbelief (trust me, you'll need to do this) you discover that the mercenaries' employer knows exactly what he's after: The Nazi's "unified field" machine, somehow still able to be fired up after sixty-odd years underground.
I figured I'd rent Outpost from Netflix on a lark, that it'd be good for a laugh or two. And it was. But I was actually surprised at how good this picture was. While it may be light on the FX side, that actually works to its benefit, relying instead on more traditional horror movie suspense than your typical slash and spill gore. Don't get me wrong, there's still a lot of that to go around, but it's not the primary focus.
There are plenty of twists to the plot that will actually surprise you, and I really don't want to spoil them here. You'll have to be surprised on your own. The German film they find is just classic, and is actually quite a believable construction. And the ending, the ending was exactly what I had hoped it would be, instead of your typical American "somebody from the 'good guys' has to win" outcome.
The mercenaries are, unfortunately, your stereotypical merc types. The redneck, the coward, the nervous, the stoic, their fearless leader.... But Saving Private Ryan this ain't, so I will let it slide. I would have liked to see a bit more exploration of the twisted SS undead, and their mysterious Commandant, though.
If you're after a fun and scary melding of the horror and war movie genres, then Outpost is right up your alley. I'm giving this an overall six, just because it wasn't the dreck I was expecting. I can't help but think somebody dropped the ball and could have made this plot into one hell of a first-person-shooter game, too.
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As war ravages Eastern Europe, a battle-hardened team of mercenaries sets off on a mission, facing an enemy powerful and evil enough to turn these violent, seemingly indestructible men into quivering victims...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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- Ray Stevenson
- Julian Wadham
- Richard Brake
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A surprising movie for what it is, and well done at that,
This review is from: Outpost (DVD)The first thing that caught my attention about this movie is the fact that the casting actually bothered to get actors with authentic accidents. None of them sound forced and artificial (and most films butcher a southern American, "redneck", accent). The next thing I liked is that you know what the mercenaries know, and nothing more. So much of the horror is implied through mystery. While this film is criticized for not explaining itself, that is actually the beauty of it. You get enough story to draw you in and keep you interested, but not enough to totally over explain it. Mankind's oldest and strongest fear is fear of the unknown. So many movies completely miss this today. Also the characters are not all over the top mercenaries, stereotyped in their roles. The movie actually shows you glimpses of their outlooks on life, and interactions with each other. Of course, that's a side note to the main movie but I did appreciate the attention to detail rather than making them mindless... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good, gritty and realistic,
This review is from: Outpost (DVD)I was plesantly surprised by this low budget thriller. A group of mercenaries are hired by a man to go into a war-torn area somewhere in Europe. He won't reveal his reason for wanting to get into the dangerous area, saying only that he is "an engineer". This comes into play later.
Once there, the soldiers find an old underground bunker, formally used by the Nazis. No doubt freaky experiments were done, as evidenced by the medical equipment and a pile of bodies, one of them still living. Ok, I said 'realisitic' in my title, but as with any film of this genre, there are times when you have to suspend logic. Why the bodies never rotted away isn't explained. And when our ill-fated heroes manage to fire up a WW 2 era generator with relative ease, that stretches things a bit. But it doesn't take away from the story too much. Things soon go from mundane to nightmarish as the group realizes they're facing an army of the undead, created in part by the very object the engineer is... Read more
Watchable Zombie Flick,
This review is from: Outpost (Amazon Video)
"Outpost" is a fairly low budget but reasonably well produced zombie horror movie that zombie fans will likely enjoy. I tend to like Grade B horror movies and this one is far from the worst and even had a few very clever elements.
No spoilers from me; the story follows a team of mercenaries that have been hired to take a scientist to deserted bunker is a fighting hot zone. The mercenaries soon discover that the site has an unpleasant history and the former inhabitants haven't all actually left. The creepy location and dark lighting worked fairly well to set the mood, even if it was a little hard to see some the action on occasion. The acting was actually better than usually found in most of these types of movies, which was a pleasant surprise. There is an interesting, but somewhat weak, explanation for the zombies but it really does not hurt the plot.
This is quite watchable if you like bad zombie movies, like I do.
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Summary: If you're after a fun and scary melding of the horror and war movie genres, then Outpost is right up your alley. I'm giving this an overall six, just because it wasn't the dreck I was expecting. I can't help but think somebody dropped the ball and could have made this plot into one hell of a first-person-shooter game, too.