WWII airborne GIs prepare to parachute behind enemy lines. We are introduced to them between volleys in the bombardment and see their fear behind the bravado. We sense their dread at stepping out the door. We know that nothing can prepare them for what they are about to face.
Then, in one fluid, effects-laden shot, a paratrooper drops through the sky, surrounded by explosions and aerial carnage, grasping desperately to pull his chute. Ten minutes in, you’re already rooting for the film’s hero to just survive.
Overlord is the rare genre crossover film that succeeds stupendously on both of its narrative levels at once. The JJ Abrams produced film offers a compelling vision combined with absolutely stellar filmmaking, while making you genuinely care about the fate of its cast, even though you know they won’t all live to the end.