Outpost II: Black Sun review

Nazis are just about the perfect movie villain, aren't they? There is no way anyone can feel any sympathy for them, not after they commited possibly the worst attrocities that the world has ever seen. The whole world hates them, on that we can agree. But ... combine nazis with zombies? Ah, that lifts them to a whole new level of evil.

Lena (Steadman) hates Nazis, and has devoted her life to finding those last surviving members and bringing them to justice. While in South America on the trail of the nasty former general Klausener, she meets fellow Nazi-hunter Wallace (Coyle) - who is actually seeking not the nazis themselves, but a machine the germans invented back in WWII. The machine in question, hidden deep in a bunker, actually allows nazi stormtroopers to become immortal. So with the aid of a squad of NATO troops, Lena and Wallace head off to the bunker in deepest, darkest germany (or wherever was the cheapest plac ein eastern Europe to film that week).

They need to infiltrate the bunker and hit the machine with an EMP to take out the undead Nazi soldiers. But getting there is a bit of a trial. And so is this film. It's not relaly a horror film, more of an action film with some horror elements. The stormtroopers aren't really zombies, either - just super-strong undead soldiers who can move pretty quick when they want too. There is some decent action to be had, and a fair amount of bloodshed, but the whole things is pretty uninvolving. It looks good for what is clearly a low-budget film, but the characters are underdeveloped, as is the dialoge, and after a while you don't really care if the good guys complete their mission or not.

Outpost: Black Sun is an unnecessary and unwanted sequel to a film that was not that big a hit to begin with, and as such is only worthy of your attention if you are really, really desperate for a bit of undead nazi action.

Outpost II: Black Sun at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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