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|Genre:||Horror, War Movie, Action|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 110 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
On the eve of D-Day, a small unit of US paratroopers jumped over a small village in France to carry out an important mission. They are to destroy a radio tower through which the Nazis in Berlin communicate directly with the bunkers on Normandy beach. But when the young soldier Boyce (Jovan Adepo) makes a cruel discovery in the cellar of the castle where the radio tower is housed, he persuades his superior Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell) to destroy not only the tower but also the cellar vault. The small troop starts a dangerous manoeuvre where they have to deal with an unexpectedly powerful opponent…
"Operation: Overlord" starts like a classic war movie. Visually, Julius Avery pulls out all the stops after just a few moments, but also serves all the usual clichés. The troop around Corporal Ford probably corresponds to all stereotypes known from other war movies. You would expect sentences like "Tell my wife that I love her" - "You'll tell her that yourself, damn it" - Yes, everything seems very familiar and not very surprising. Also the upper Nazi Wafner, played by the Danish Pilou Asbæk ("Game of Thrones","Borgen"), is a changing peeling figure with a slightly exaggerated attitude. This is all quite exciting and visually stirring. But also strictly according to scheme F.
However, the film suddenly changes genre and mutates from a war movie to a monstrous horror flick with a kind of Nazi zombie. That sounds trashy, but surprisingly, it's not. Avery finds a tone that works over long distances. Admittedly, at times the film seems a bit indecisive, as if it doesn't know whether to tell the story with a certain seriousness or with humor that is not unusual for the genre. And so also the viewer sometimes feels a bit hesitant, whether you should laugh here or whether you are dealing with involuntary comedy.
However, this only marginally reduces the high entertainment value. Admittedly, "Operation: Overlord" lets us assume here and there that it could have been a much better movie if Avery had gone a bit more determined. But even so, this horror flick still offers enough positive aspects to satisfy genre fans. And so there is a deserved one for that: Worth seeing!
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