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1 February 2011

Outpost (2007)

When I watched Dead Snow the other week, I was little sceptical about the subject matter. I mean, how can you mix Nazis and Zombies in the same film? I wasn't really sure that I wanted to watch a film about Nazis and Zombies. But as it happened I did watch it, and I did enjoy it. Read the review here if you don't believe me.

What I didn't expect was that I'd ever watch another film about Nazis and Zombies again. Well Bloody Hell! Can you guess what Outpost is all about?

It would appear that there's a whole sub-genre of Zombie films that specialise in Nazis. I don't know how many there are, or how good they are, but they exist!

What's that all about?

Outpost is a fairly modern film, with a fairly modern feel to it. It looks and feels a bit like a made-for-TV film. You can tell that it didn't have a huge amount of money behind it; There aren't many locations and the special effects are just so-so. The acting is okay, but I personally think that it could have been so much better.

The film opens with a group of mercenaries being hired to escort a scientist into war-torn 'foreignland'. They don't know where they're going or why. They end up at a bunker in the middle of nowhere and things start to go awry. One by one the mercenaries are being killed by an enemy force unknown. What do they do? How do they defend against an enemy they can't see? Sounds difficult doesn't it!

Now I'm no combat expert, but these guys just didn't ring true as hardened soldiers to me. I'm sure there are guidelines against standing too close together in a clearing when you suspect the enemy is upon you. Likewise, I'm sure basic training covers things like keeping your head down in a fire-fight. For me, this wasn't war, it was a paint-balling weekend after a boozy night-before.

I'm being harsh! It wasn't that bad. Let's move on...

What about the zombies then?

They weren't really zombies. Yes, I know that technically they were dead, but they didn't try and eat anyone. They didn't appear to be rotting in any way, and they weren't missing limbs. Does that count as being a zombie? I don't think so.

All in all, I'm struggling to think of a stand-out scene in the whole film. I want to tell you something good about it, but nothing is coming to mind. I know when I'm beaten... I'll stop...

I'm going to give Outpost a Dad's Army 4. Don't make me watch it again!

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