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
This is one big shot in the DARK - with no light at the end of the tunnel... Save your money...,
This review is from: Outpost (DVD)
I would give it an Okay (3star) if they eliminate 90% of the dialog which was basically F*** everything in sight or not tied down. The plot was a little above average merging into to sci-fi realm with a bunch of Mumbo Jumbo quackery thrown for good measure. Plus most of it was shot under cover of darkness so your imagination gets (has) to do most of the work to make it come together. Maybe this one really qualifies for B rating (as in BORING) more than R rating (as in RIDICULOUS). I'm all done...
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"The Bell" sort of, kind of, and Zombies, sort of, kind of...,
This review is from: Outpost (Amazon Video)
Yeah, it's ok. It's a clever take on the zombie movie genre, in that it doesn't contain zombies but undead, that are still alive? It didn't really work for me -- I lost interest halfway through, the actors were good and it was filmed professionally, it's just that the story runs out of steam quickly and you never get to know the characters well enough to care what happens to them. If you're interested in Nazi occult technology, check out Nick Cook's book "The Hunt for Zero Point", and Joseph Farrell's numerous works. I think the Nazi device in the movie was supposed to be loosely based on "The Bell", but the real thing was probably a lot more interesting... Someone should make a movie about that.
This review is from: Outpost (DVD)(Possible Spoilers)
Sometimes, keeping things simple works. Outpost kept it simple and it did work, even spawning a few sequels to try and answer leftover questions.
Small group of mercs is hired to escort an intellectual to an isolated location to find 'something'. The location turns out to be an old bunker from world war 2 and the 'something' happens to be the research done in the bunker. Unfortunately, when they get there, they turn on the power and wake what remains of the former tenants of the bunker. A ton of speculation and unanswered questions regarding how the former tenants are there are raised, but not really answered.
Putting aside the unanswered "how?", the film is solid. Mercs are developed barely enough for the audience to tell them apart. Why they cannot leave is glossed over, but is enough to make sense. The enemy fairly well done for practical special effects, though you can tell they hide a lot with light and camera... Read more
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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.