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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws


Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot present an R rated, 109 minute, Action, Horror, Mystery film, directed by Julius Avery, screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith with a theatre release date of November 9, 2018.


Boyce (Jovan Adepo) was at his home cutting his grass about three months ago but now he is sitting on an airplane getting ready to drop into enemy territory on the eve of D-Day 1944. Planes are exploding all around him while flying over enemy territory in Nazi occupied France. Suddenly Boyce’s plane is hit several times with explosives and rapid fire from below. Boyce and the other men have no choice but to jump from what’s left of the plane. Many died but Boyce lived falling into a lake behind enemy lines. As he runs from gun fire he soon meets up with Ford (Wyatt Russell) who also was on his plane. Sometime later they meet up with three more men from their plane, Tibbet (John Magaro), Chase (Iain De Caestecker) the photographer and Dawson (Jacob Anderson). Their mission is to meet up with any other survivors and complete the plan of taking down a tower that is being used by the Germans as a communication point. First though what they find in the woods besides Nazi’s is a young woman named Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier) a scavenger robbing from the dead. Soon thereafter the men are held up in her home with her young brother and a very sick Aunt.

One of many nights a German officer named Wafner (Pilou Asbaek) stops in to take advantage of Chloe unlucky for him he decided to have some fun on a very wrong night. The night the Americans are hiding in the attic. They have already lost one of the five soldiers but they have no intention of stopping from doing their mission. Running from a German dog Boyce finds himself in an enemy truck and soon behind enemy lines right where the tower is located. What Boyce sees inside the church building is something his eyes cannot believe. While making his way out and saving Rosenfeld (Dominic Applewhite) from some crazy experiments by Dr. Schmidt (Erich Redman) Boyce meets back up with the other men. Ford wants to target the tower which was the original plan but Boyce wants to destroy the labs found below.

In a compromised agreement between Ford and Boyce they not only enter the building to destroy the tower as well as the labs but also rescue Chloe’s little brother who was taken by the Nazi’s. In their plans to help the war and save a child not all the men return from their fight against super-human soldiers brought back from the dead or near dead by a serum created by German experiments taking place in a small French village church.

The story is not exactly what I expected since the trailers make the film look more on the horror side rather than the thriller side it tends to fall on. I absolutely enjoyed the military aspect of the film but what makes it different are the experiments taking place by the Nazi’s. Dr. Schmidt is busy testing serums on the villagers and soldiers but he still has not quite achieved his goal as of yet. The score is perfect, the wardrobe as well for its time in history but some of the best moments are the special effects that take place throughout the story. Nicely written and equally directed this film is not what I thought it would be but still very close and even better.

I am not familiar with the actor Adepo but either way he does a great job of carrying this film of which he shares the spotlight with Russell, the son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The supporting characters all bring their elements to make you chuckle, get scared or just plain old sit back and enjoy the plot as it develops the characters even more. I must say even though it is slightly different than my expectations I still enjoyed every moment of it.

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