Outpost DVD: Review By Brian Gallagher

Overall, it’s a nice attempt at a movie like this, but a little originality and, well, more oomph in the story would’ve went a long way.
  • OVERALL
    1.5
    POOR
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A fine performance from Ray Stevenson and a decent, if not underused turn from Julian Wadham and a solid premise...
THE BAD
... that really needed to be fleshed out more. The dialogue is pretty bad and the characterizations are overdone, at best. Special features sucked too.
THE FEATURE
Who doesn't love a good Nazi zombie movie? While I'm not incredibly versed in the horror genre, I'd have to imagine a few stabs have been made at Nazi zombies. While this one does take a hearty stab (many many many times, to be literal), it still falls short of anything shelf-worthy.

The general underlying premise is basically a rip-off of Predator. D.C. (Ray Stevenson) is a mercenary who's shacked up in war-torn Eastern Europe, looking for any kind of bang and the buck that goes with it. He's approached by a man named Hunt (Julian Wadham) who is offering a gig into a nasty little spot right in the middle of the war zone. Of course, he won't say what his intentions there are, but he ponies up some dough and D.C. and his faithful "redneck" Prior (Richard Brake) go and round up four more men to take with them. When they get there, they discover that this location was an old Nazi bunker, and the more they discover about their surroundings, and why Hunt is really there, the worse it gets, and this small little mission for a quick buck turns out to be the fight of their lives.

Despite the Predator rip-off, screenwriter Rae Bunton (making his feature film debut, of course) does craft an intriguing premise that keeps you watching, despite the clich&#233d characters he throws at us. We get the same sort of merc bravado that we've seen countless times before, and it seemed that Bunton made no attempt to change these stereotypical characters. None of these characters are new to us at all, just the people who play them are. The way they talk, walk and do just about everything looks like it was ripped out of a playbook.

While Bunton does give us a solid premise, it's the execution and follow-through of this premise that really holds this movie back. While I'm never an automatic advocate of the "Hollywood ending" for any flick, after the end credits were rolling, it almost seemed that this flick needed one, because it ends rather flatly, leaving you wondering why this story was even worth telling to begin with.

I will give props to Ray Stevenson for a very solid performance as D.C., despite the anemic script. He has such a hardened persona and perfect look for this character and he has the chops to let some of the subtleties in his character out at just the right times. Sadly, though, he doesn't get much of a supporting cast around him with sub-standard to average performances by Brake, Enoch Frost as the over-accentuated African character Cotter, Brett Fancy as Taktarov (guess where he's from...) , Paul Blair as the skittish Jordan and Julian Rivett as Voyteche. While you can tell that Bunton tried to give them all a hint of characterization, it still was really nothing that stood out. Julian Wadham isn't too shabby as Hunt, but it seemed like we could've used a little more of him.

Director Steve Blake, although this is his feature directing debut, seems a bit out of his league here in some aspects. He does show some promising talent as a horror director, capturing the thrillier-esque parts of the flick nicely, but the action parts of the flick really aren't that impressive. I really wouldn't mind seeing him tackle a straight-up horror or a thriller, but the whole action scene just isn't his bag.

Overall, it's a nice attempt at a movie like this, but a little originality and, well, more oomph in the story would've went a long way.
THE EXTRAS
The only thing we get here are some Deleted Scenes, seven to be exact. They run a little over 10 minutes long and, like most deleted scenes, these are quite worthy of deletion. We don't really get any new info on the story or clarification of anything, so it's not worth your time.
THE VIDEO
The film is presented in the anamorphic widescreen format, in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
THE AUDIO
The sound is presented in the Dolby Digital 5.1 format.
THE PACKAGE
Nothing too spectacular here. The front cover just has the title card up top, a tagline down below and a shot of Stevenson in the foreground and a bunch of Nazi zombies in the background. The back has a uber-clich&#233 shot of a hand coming up out of the ground, a synopsis, a brief special features mention, a shot of Stevenson at the site and a billing block and tech specs. Nothing to write home about at all.
THE FINAL WORD
If you're a Ray Stevenson fan, I'm sure you'll dig his performance as D.C. in Outpost. If you're really into Nazi zombies as well, this might be up your alley, but if neither of those fit your bill, I'd keep patrolling right on past this Outpost.

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