5.5 out of 10
Release Date: 26th August 2012 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Steve Barker
Cast: Catherine Steadman, Richard Coyle, Daniel Caltagirone, Nick Nevern, Ali Craig, Gary McDonald, Michael Byrne, Clive Russell, David Gant, Vivien Taylor with Johnny Meres and Julian Wadham
Writer: Steve Barker & Rae Bruton
Trailer: OUTPOST 2
Outpost II is an improvement on the first installment. I was disappointed in the previous film because it was unadventurous, had a sluggish pace and was predictably plotted. The only aspect of Outpost that was interesting was the backstory of the Black Sun Project and it’s mechanics. The legend and the creepiness are expanded upon massively in this superior sequel. The first Outpost saw a team of mercenaries escort a science officer come bounty hunter (JULIAN WADHAM – NOW IS GOOD) on a search for a nebulous weapon of mass destruction from the Second World War. The selling point was that said weapon can re-animate the dead, in other words it’s an excuse to have Zombie Nazi’s trudge-amok. The team (RAY STEVENSON, MICHAEL SMILEY, BRETT FANCEY and others) from Outpost were so dim and underwritten, the usually entertaining format of “Who-gets-it-next?’ was rendered very boring. Gladly all but two of the original characters met with a grisly death so they haven’t returned for part II.
If there were any fans of the first one, then the sequel will be a double treat. Elaborating on the back-story of Project Black Sun, which was the master-race’s idea to be an unstoppable military force, a reich of a thousand years, the signal that controls the Zombies is getting stronger and wider. The ghouls are now attacking local towns and villages leaving local soldiers and mercenariesstruggling to contain the plague. Meanwhile, a Nazi hunter, (CATHERINE STEADMAN – SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN) gets embroiled with a second bounty hunter (RICHARD COYLE – W/E), who is essentially picking up where Julian Wadham’s character from the first film left off. En-route to the outpost, the heroic pair fall in with a group of mercs (DANIEL CALTIGIRONE, NICK NEVERN and others) who will do ever so nicely as Zombie fodder.
There’s a fair bit of suspense in Outpost II and now more of the mystery is out in the open , as opposed to snatched glimpses and snatches of exposition in the first Outpost, the plot makes more sense. There is more character motivation and you feel that real lives are at stake for bigger reasons as opposed to a fat merc pay check. The deaths here are more inventive and the expansion of the lead Nazi-Ghoul’s presence is really welcome. A wordless force of doom, General Gotz (JOHNNY MERES – OUTPOST) is a memorable foe. He is certainly well cast and looks the part. Having a nazi hunter at the head of proceedings also gives the film more of a raison d’être. The single shock that the Nazi’s had planned such an atrocious apocalypse so far into their future is very good. I’m not sure that there is enough juice in the tank for Outpost 3, which is currently in production, but at least they got the right mix of story, scares and characterisation right in this middle section for this rare decent sequel.
For Outpost 3, I’d like even more back-story and more General Gotz. A much improved sequel that makes you sad that you had to sit through the bloody boring first installment. Put it on your superior sequel list!
5.5 out of 10
review by joe pesci II below…. funny f*cker.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Catherine Steadman: About Time, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Hippie Hippie Shake
- Richard Coyle: The Food Guide To Love, Grabbers, W/E, Pusher (2012), Prince Of Persia, Franklyn, The Whistleblowers (TV)
- Daniel Caltagirone: The Reeds, The Pianist
- Nick Nevern: Sexy Bizness, Manor Hunt Ball, Spring, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, The Hooligan Factory, Vendetta, White Collar Hooligan 2, GBH, The Rise Of a White Collar Hooligan, Victim, The Sweeney Movie, 7Lives, Turnout, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Terry
- Ali Craig: May I Kill U?
- Gary McDonald: All Or Nothing, Young Soul Rebels, Eastenders (TV)
- Michael Byrne: Mortdecai, Diana, Quartet, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – part 1, Blood – The Last Vampire, Beyond The Sea, Gangs Of New York, Apt Pupil, The Sum Of All Fears, Proof Of Life, Battlefield Earth, James Bond – Tomorrow Never Dies, Braveheart, Nostradamus (1994), Buster, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Force 10 From Navarone, The Eagle Has Landed
- Clive Russell: Sherlock Holmes 2, The Wicker Tree, Sherlock Holmes (2009), The Wolfman (2009), Coronation St (TV), Festival, Ladies In Lavender, Mr In-Between, The 13th Warrior, Oscar & Lucinda, Margaret’s Museum, Neverwhere (TV), The Hawk, Soft Top – Hard Shoulder
- David Gant: Cold and Dark
- Vivien Taylor: Outpost 3
- Johnny Meres: Outpost 3, Outpost
- Julian Wadham: The Riot Club, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding, Now Is Good, The Iron Lady, War Horse, Legacy- Black Ops, Wah-Wah, Outpost, Dominion – Prequel To The Exorcist, Exorcist – The Beginning, Keep The Aspidistra Flying, The Secret Agent (1996), The English Patient, The Madness Of King George III, Maurice