REVIEWS: Horror & SyFy — March 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm

REVIEW: Outpost 2: Black Sun (2012)

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During the closing stages of the World War 2, a German scientist Klausener is working on some sort of new technology that has the power to reanimate the dead Nazi soldiers. That’s a back story.

In the present day, a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europe, where a sinister enemy appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path.

A gutsy female investigator Helena (Catherine Steadman) is searching for Klausener, who has been labeled a war-criminal. She, thus far, is unaware of the approaching danger.

Following a narrow trail of clues, she ends up in the same area where the NATO soldiers battle the undead Nazis – a battalion of zombie storm-troopers.

Teaming up with Wallace (Richard Coyle), a man who’s been chasing Nazi secrets for years, Helena has to go all the way to the source of the Nazi army to prevent the history from having to witness the rise of the 4th Reich.

“Outpost 2: Black Sun” is a prequel to the original 2007 “Outpost” film, starring Ray Stevenson.

Overall, the prequel is not really superior to the original, however it does have its strong points, considering the budget of only $3 million, according to IMDB.

Everyone in the film, except for Helena are either Nazi zombies or greedy bastards who dream of world domination.

And there are also a bunch of soldiers who, despite being professionals, do not seem to be any match for the undead Nazis.

Speaking of Nazis, the zombie make-up is solid, although the action is too fast to actually see the zombies, and the killing scenes are not gory at all.

“Outpost 2: Black Sun” presents itself quite seriously, and it works until the very end, when we’re presented with a very cheesy scene of zombies being put to rest.

The first “Outpost” was a lot more scarier than the prequel, and Ray Stevenson handled the leading role better than Catherine Steadman.

Lack of strong male lead in this kind of film is one of the letdowns in “Outpost 2: Black Sun”.

The ending of the film left plenty of room for another film, as it can be assumed the filmmakers could probably shove “Outpost 3” in between the original film and the prequel.

If you like Nazi zombies, consider re-watching “Dead Snow” horror-comedy by Tommy Wirkola (who’s working on a sequel).

“Outpost” was able to reach its own height and hold on there from start to finish, while “Outpost 2” started off interesting, then slowly transformed into mindless zombie shootout and ended up rather weak.

BZFILM SCALE: 4/10

 



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