Outpost (2007) – Review

Eastern Europe. A German underground military facility of the Second World War. Zombies. Undead Nazis. That’s pretty much everything a viewer needs to know to get intrigued to watch Outpost.

Julian Wadham stars in this horror movie playing the role of Hunt, a british scientist who hires a squad of skilled soldiers to accompany him on a crucial mission. His task and personal goal is to unravel the mystery that hides behind a German bunker in the middle of the woods somewhere in Eastern Europe.

Even though he initially doesn’t reveal his intentions to his fellow companions, they all soon enough begin to realise that the purpose of their mission is not due to the genuine curiosity of a devoted scientist.

Once the soldiers start disappearing one at a time and are later found brutally killed , Hunt is forced to reveal the truth about the bunker and its former inhabitants. Apparently, back in the WWII, the German soldiers had been conducting experiments in that base in order to create an army of invincible troops. In a way they did it, as the squad led by DC (Ray Stevenson) is attacked by the undead Nazis who are absolutely immortal.

The plot sounds quite intriguing and it is indeed. Outpost had the potentials of being a very good splatter movie enriched with adrenaline scenes, as the big Nazi figures wearing their uniforms with their pale rotten faces chasing DC and his squad team could ultimately create some good action.

However, Outpost is talk…talk…talk. Then you get some action, and then again…talk…talk…talk. It is not only until the last 15 minutes of the film where the final battle against the undead starts. But again, it is not as satisfactory as one would expect. DC’s team struggles, fights, runs, shoots and the zombie-Nazis just walk towards them. Undisturbed, with a steady pace they just march towards their targets confident and ready to conquer their enemy.

Director Steve Barker and writers  Rae Brunton and  Kieran Parker obviously wanted to create a suspenseful atmosphere full of agony and horror brought to the audience by the sight of the undead killing machines. However, what is the point of having a final battle between good and evil, life and death, when the zombies are completely invincible? It is not a spoiler alert, really, as the following two sequels – with Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz being the latest – don’t actually foretell that the story ended quite nicely in the first part.

Outpost is not the kind of film that can successfully depict a bloody, horrific war between men and the undead. The war is bloody indeed, but it’s not done successfully and it could certainly be a lot better. If the action started earlier in the film, the viewer’s interest would be kept alive. Thus, it wouldn’t end up being a narrative of the horror that could be brought by the zombies and the brutalities they could have caused.

Horror movie fan or not, Outpost is not the kind of film that could provoke particular satisfaction as the lack of tension is quite obvious. The characters are easily forgotten and eventually the plot doesn’t make much sense. Hopefully the sequels did a better job than first one. I’ll take one for the crowd and keep you posted.

7 Responses to “Outpost (2007) – Review”
  1. thycriticman says:

    Was quite a poor horror film, and the worst news I can give is that it does not get much better. I remember disliking this film, but cannot for the life of remember much of it. Likely because it was talk…talk…talk…that went nowhere fun. Good written review!


    • maria kriva says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, I was really hoping that after all the introduction, we would actually see some good action scenes, but unfortunately they were really limited. You don’t sound very encouraging, so maybe I’ll skip the sequels for now! Haha!


  2. Well… I loved this movie! ha. I saw it back in high school and was impressed enough to make it my pick for the weekly movie session my mates and I had. I actually really liked the slower pace, and found the characters entertaining enough to let them breathe a bit (though when the gore and Nazi’s set in I enjoyed that too!). The sequel I didn’t love, but though I may be in the minority I’ll defend the original and Ray Stevenson’s cool performance vigorously.
    (Also, I thought it was shot and scored superbly… ha. Still, I always enjoy reading an opposing thought).


    • maria kriva says:

      You did?? Haha! 😀 Ok, I admit that I really liked Stevenson’s performance, but I really wish the Nazis had a bigger part in the film!!They could be really scary! It was a bummer that they were invincible, I was really hoping for a payback scene!
      But I can’t argue with you..I even loved House of Wax WITH Paris Hilton in it, so you know…haha!


      • I do see what you mean, but an enemy that can’t be killed is a very scary premise! Plus how cool was that animated propaganda him in it?? ha.
        Haha, I think a lot of people love it but are just too embarrassed to say so!


      • maria kriva says:

        Haha, the animated clip was really awesome! I think I’m gonna have to watch Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz to make an informed decision about it! 😀

        No com’on…it’s not that embarrassing! haha


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