Outpost is a 2008 British war film directed by Steve Barker and starring Ray Stevenson, Richard Brake and Julia Bache-Wiig. It is set in the Second World War and follows a group of British soldiers who are sent to a remote Scottish island to investigate strange goings-on.
The film starts with a group of British soldiers being sent to a remote Scottish island to investigate strange goings-on. They are met by a local woman, who tells them about the island’s history. The soldiers are then attacked by a group of German soldiers, who have been sent to the island to find a secret weapon. The British soldiers are able to repel the German attack and find the secret weapon, which is a powerful new type of bomb. They then use the bomb to destroy the German base on the island.
Mercenaries hired to recover a gizmo – yup, a gizmo, you know, weird looking machine, does all kinds of weird shit and looks a bit like an old motor – run into ghostly, zombie, interdimensional type Nazis!
I don’t know what you’d really call the bad guys. Not quite zombies, not ghosts either. Interdimensional super soldiers? The ought to be dead last bastion of the Third Reich? Or just mean, silent bastards in SS uniforms? Guess it doesn’t really matter what you call them, all you need to know is that they sneak around, can appear anywhere, and are vicious as hell – 60 years may have passed, but the SS hasn’t lost its taste for hammering spent cartridge cases into peoples eyeballs and kneecaps.
Spooky shenanigans develop quickly as the mercenaries fetch up in an isolated old underground base, it isn’t long before the relics of the Third Reich, ‘trapped’ ubersoldiers created in some Einstein type experiment in cloaking and immortality, are on the case and wreaking havoc.
It’s one atmospheric bugger of a film, done well, ratcheting up the tension nicely. Plenty happens to keep the interest, there’s gunfire and shit all over the shop, plenty of ominous scenes of silent Nazis looming out of the darkness, an entertaining plot, and just the odd bit of real nastiness to keep the vicious among you happy. Even the mercenaries, perhaps second only to kids in horror movies for usually being shallow cut out characters, are fun, likeable, and have personalities.
Good job on the acting, there’s a decent stab at plot, and it builds up the tension nicely, sticking a blade in at the start and not flinching from giving it a nasty twist at all the right moments. Very enjoyable dead Nazi romp, it brings a little of everything good to the table and serves up a very tasty treat.
Outpost is an enjoyable war film with a good mix of action and suspense. The acting is decent and the film is well-paced. The film’s main weakness is its lack of originality, as it borrows heavily from other war films. However, Outpost is still an entertaining film and is worth watching.
In the early 21st century, the world is on the brink of a new ice age. A group of scientists, led by Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor), are working on a way to stop the impending disaster, but when their research site in Antarctica is destroyed, they are forced to evacuate.
With the help of a team of soldiers, the scientists are able to escape to a nearby outpost, where they continue their work. But as the days pass, it becomes clear that the outpost is not as safe as they thought.
The soldiers begin to experience strange hallucinations, and the outpost is soon overrun by a horde of ravenous zombies. The scientists must find a way to escape the outpost before it’s too late.
Outpost is a 2008 British horror film directed by Steve Barker and starring Ray Stevenson, Richard Brake, and Julian Wadham.
Director: Steve Barker
Writers: Steve Barker, Rae Brunton, Kieran Parker
Actors: Ray Stevenson, Richard Brake, Michael Smiley, Julian Wadham
Release Year: 2008