Outpost: Black Sun

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When a Jewish woman on a mission to hunt down a NAZI in hiding runs into a former partner the pair join forces to track down a machine that can reanimate the dead but find the NAZI soldiers who were already subjected to the machine still guarding it and looking to expand beyond their underground bunker.

I love how science is basically magic to film makers, magic capable of doing anything and everything. The machine used to reanimate the dead in Outpost: Black Sun uses a unified field to make the soldiers unstoppable, immortal killing machines. Now, I’ll admit I’m kind of an idiot when it comes to sciencey stuff, I still can’t tell the difference between summoning a demon from the deep and starting your car, so maybe science and magic are one in the same and Thor’s hammer is just a giant cell phone, but I still don’t think that unified field theory works that way. I could of course be wrong, and Einstein was really coming up with ways to reanimate the dead when he came up with his theory. Who knows really? Well, except you know, those people who actually understand science, or more specifically physics, and from what I read on Wikipedia, the new source of all knowledge and infallible understanding that is completely perfect and never unyielding in its presentation of the truth, unified field theory has nothing to do with reanimating the dead. Still, who needs real world science? Does it get ridiculous at times with the things science is able to do in film? Abso fucking lootly. But does it often times make movies better if they ignore actual science and just go with whatever works? Again, abso fucking lootly. Yeah, some of the things get beyond unbelievable, but it makes a film so much more enjoyable to see things that you know are way outside the realm of real world possibility. I’m going to just throw Jurassic Park out there and drop the mic.

Our second part in the Outpost trilogy begins with what appears to be an innocent looking woman visiting a retirement home in Paraguay to see her uncle. Things take a turn though when the woman proves herself less than innocent by grabbing the old man’s hands and breaking two of his fingers. It seems that our old uncle is really an old NAZI that worked at a concentration camp where our angry woman’s family was tortured and murdered. She’s looking for someone in particular, a man this old NAZI may know of named Klausener, but before he can spill the beans he has a heart attack and leaves the woman with only a cryptic warning. The only clues she has are a map of Eastern Europe, a twisted looking decoder ring, and a picture of Hunt (the scientist from the first film). We then switch over to a very familiar looking bunker, the very same one from Outpost, where a team of NATO soldiers are being attacked by the same NAZI zombies that killed the mercenaries from the first film. As the team of soldiers are mercilessly slaughtered, they are being watched via camera from a large mansion by the aforementioned Klausener who will only warn his people that “It has started.” A short distance away from the bunker, the NAZI hunter (now identified as Lena) is meeting with a fellow hunter from her past named Wallace. Wallace is there looking for the unified field device that made the undead NAZIs, intent on destroying the machine as he believes no one can be trusted with so much power. He only need show footage of the NATO soldiers being cut down by the undead NAZI soldiers to Lena for her to agree the machine must be destroyed. The pair set out to find the machine but run into some trouble when they are nearly killed by the creatures created by the very same device they are looking for. Thankfully, a small Special Forces team happens to be nearby and saves them from the undead soldiers, with the agreement that Wallace will lead them to the device so that they are able to complete their mission. In between them and their destination is a horde of undead NAZA’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep them away.

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{It’s a well known fact that unified field devices work better with a person attached}

I think this film might be one of the greatest examples of not judging a book by its cover, or in this case, a film by its sequel. Much as I didn’t expect the previous film to be more than cheap garbage, I felt the same way about this film. Sequels are notorious for being absolute trash. That’s not always true, some sequels are better than others, but for the most part as a film continues on the more it becomes crap. Horror movies in particular are famous for creating franchises that go on and on regardless of whether or not sequels are necessary after the first film. Even when they’re needed, as in the case with this film since Outpost ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, they can still completely fuck up the franchise so badly you no longer even wish to enjoy the first film. Thankfully that’s not the case here. Outpost: Black Sun is a great addition to the first film, and different enough that you don’t feel like you’re just watching the first movie all over again, and what was great is that since the first film already did all the set up they are pretty much able to jump right into the action with this one, and I will say there is a lot of action in this movie.

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{The zombified leader of the NAZI zombies looks creepy even without any makeup, he’s the one there on the left looking like he wants to eat your soul}

That’s one thing that makes this movie so good is the amazing amount of action. The action is constant, frantic, and chaotic, but it’s still very easy to follow. The shootout scenes were very well done and very tense. I’d easily go so far as to say some of these scenes could rival the best of war movies. They also showed a lot more of the zombie’s path of destruction than I expected. In the last film they were tied to the bunker and couldn’t go beyond its border, but in this film they were able to go further out, devastating anything and anyone in their path. It didn’t matter if you were a soldier or a civilian, everyone was fair game, including children. They were kind of bold in their allowing the NAZI zombies to kill children as well as adults. Why do I say kind of bold, because while it is implied the zombies kill children it is never shown. I can’t say if I like that or not, it’s always very shocking in a film to see a kid taken down, but I don’t ever really care to see it personally. That’s just my tastes though so it’s up to you to decide whether or not that’s a bad thing. Outpost: Black Sun had more heart than I expected too, showing more humanity than most films of its ilk. There is even one scene in particular that was very touching in which Lena and Wallace are walking down a road littered with the discarded belongings of refuges escaping the zombie rampage. It seemed to be implied that all of the refugees were dead and gone. Lena even reaches into a bag to pull out a locket before quickly putting it back as the thought of so much death haunts her.

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{It was kind of like that look, just less blood}

Actress Catherine Steadman (Lena) was very good at showing a lot of emotion without having to say anything at all. Her performance as a Jewish woman seeking revenge for past NAZI atrocities was wonderful. Richard Coyle’s performance as fellow NAZI hunter Wallace was good too. Johnny Meres plays the zombified leader of the NAZI zombies, and I have to say that he does make a truly scary character. His completely emotionless face is scarier than any monster snarling and snapping could be. The only ones I didn’t care for were the Special Forces characters. They just try too hard to be badasses the whole time, and it was rather annoying. They are constantly spouting off corny line after corny line in an attempt to come off as the hardest of the hardcore. It didn’t work.

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{I kept half expecting them to throw death metal signs and yell “We rock” really loudly}

As much as I wish I could say nothing but good things about this movie since I did enjoy it very much, there were a few things that weren’t done right beyond the bad Special Forces characters. One thing was how certain story elements didn’t add up. For instance, in the plot described above you should have read about the NATO soldiers battling the NAZIs, and their fight being sent to be watched by another NAZI. No big deal right? Well, it wouldn’t be if they hadn’t specifically said that no electronics work anywhere near the bunker. If that’s the case then how the hell are they still able to film their actions? Or what about the fact that in the previous movie, and the first two thirds of this movie, you can’t hide from the NAZI zombies, they will find you no matter what, but by the end of the flick the zombies seem to have trouble finding anyone anywhere. Where before you could find the best hiding spot possible and they’d find you, now all you need do is hide around a corner and you’re good. Then there’s the fact that not only are the zombies immune to all gun fire but apparently their cloths are as well, or at the very least they heal. They show cloths being shot through but any second shot shows the cloths just fine. Never knew they had regenerating clothing, but I know I want me some. Then there’s the effects. The shootout scenes are done great, but some of the effects aren’t so great. I can’t tell you how the zombies look for the most part. The times they’re shows don’t look so terrible but they spend most of their time in their shadows, so I didn’t feel like I could make an accurate assessment. What I do know is that some of the shown effects are rather lame. There’s a scene in particular where a character uses what I can only describe as force lightening that looks so fucking awful. It was just bad, all bad. A character hooked up to a machine shoots off force lightening and it looks so bad. Epic fail bad. Last but not least there is this NAZI zombie witch that roams around that makes no sense. She seems to be the advisor to the zombies or something, I don’t know, I never figured out what the fuck she was doing there.

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{Yeah, I have no fucking clue what her purpose there was}

Still, Outpost: Black Sun is a great film. It was more war film than it was zombie movie but I enjoyed it none the less.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Steve Barker (Outpost, Generation Z)

Starring: Richard Coyle (Grabbers, A Good Year), Catherine Steadman (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, About Time), and Clive Russell (The 13th Warrior, Thor)

Released By: Black Camel Pictures and XLrator Media

Release Year: 2012

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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