2 out of 10
Release Date: 31st March 2014 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Kieran Parker
Cast: Bryan Larkin, Michael McKell, Ivan Kamara, Velibor Topic, Douglas Russell, Ben Lambert, Vivien Taylor and Johnny Meres
Writer: Kieran Parker & Rae Brunton
Trailer: OUTPOST 3
Now this is disappointing. The original Outpost was a DOA non-thriller which trudged through the ‘ten little soldiers’ formula in which a small bunch of mercenaries are sent to retrieve a mysterious device that creates undead super soldiers from a former-Nazi Bunker. Outpost 2 was a vast improvement that opened the premise up to excellent effect and featured competent name actors playing Nazi hunters. Whilst the makers are scratching their heads wondering how to continue their series on a positive note they’ve rushed out this very boring prequel that shows us how the bunker came to be – who ran it and what would happen to anybody who came into contact with it.
A small squad of Russian soldiers are our heroes on this occasion. They are led by a plank played by another plank (BRYAN LARKIN) sporting a dodgy Russian accent into a forest to follow a mysterious road. After they ambush a Nazi convoy the survivors of the attack get taken prisoner and thrown in to a cell deep inside the bunker. The Kommandment (MICHAEL MCKELL – FREIGHT) is a brutal schwein who is project managing the said scheme to develop an everlasting unkillable soldier. From this point on it turns into an indistinguishable remake of War of the Dead with its endless series of gun fights, near misses punch ups, and gory endings for its dimly lit procession of Frankenstein-lite soldiers.
The only curiosity is the inclusion of Johnny Meres (OUTPOST 2) as General Gotz. A character from the first two films who I’d have thought would have had his back story investigated in a prequel such as this? He’s an intriguing character full of mystery but it would seem the makers either don’t care or are saving his story for a future sequel. In part 3, he pops up as one of the prisoners, pulls a funny face and disappears into the murk again. A waste of time.
This second sequel squanders all the good will generated by it’s hard working predecessor. That it shares the same writer is even more of a puzzle. The lack of momentum and plot is a real kick in the balls as I felt I’d been cheated into watching this. If part 2 was a lemon would I have watched this? We’ll never know. But sadly there’s nothing to report. This is pointless, unthoughtful and has zero to say about the experiments that go on in the bunker. There’s literally no sign of the vril generator or any of the intrigue of part 2’s story.
2 out of 10 – Deadly boring sequel that only offers competent fight scenes in dimly lit rooms again and again. Evidence of a squandered good idea that’s been painted into to a corner.
Review below by Matt Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Bryan Larkin: Vengeance (2017), King of Drug Dealers, London Has Fallen, Let Us Prey
- Michael McKell: Hatton Garden – The Heist, Essex Vendetta, Doctors (TV), Emmerdale (TV), Who Needs Enemies?, Freight, Essex Boys
- Velibor Topic: Never Let Go, Our Kind of Traitor, Convenience, The Smoke
- Douglas Russell: Redcon-1, The Survivalist, Let Us Prey, Outlander (TV), Vikings – The Berserkers, Let Us Prey, Valhalla Rising
- Vivien Taylor: Outpost 2
- Johnny Meres: Outpost 2, Outpost