War of the Dead (2011)

A platoon of British, American and Finnish soldiers come head to head with unstoppable zombie-like soldiers. Aided by a Russian grunt they must fight for survival.
Despite some over used slow-motion and unfitting sound effects War of the Dead director Marko Mäkilaakso delivers a wonderfully atmospheric World War II action ‘zombie’ film.
The film has pace, moving from one location to the next through bunkers, trenches, air shafts, forests and their plenty of gun fire and fights. The effects are modest and well executed and the sets are perfectly dressed, the location shoot gives it an edge. Writers Mäkilaakso and Barr B. Potter include some zombie hallmarks an empty house under siege, a graveyard, shots to the head but the antagonists share more with 28 Days Laters’ infected. War of the Dead expands the Nazi super soldiers angel further including some fast moving, stealthy, post experimental and ‘infected’ soldiers.
Reminiscent of The Bunker, Death Watch, Dog Soldiers and Outpost to name a few this latest addition includes some great worn looking actors including Antti Reini, the reliable and talented Andrew Tiernan (who also starred in the The Bunker) as Capitan Martin Stone. UK viewers may recognise ITV’s Bill – Mark Wingett. Supporting leads Samuel Vauramo as the emotional Kolya and Mikko Leppilampi as Lieutenant Laakso are effective enough. Notable is the only female Magdalena GĂłrska and Jouko Ahola who is perfectly cast as the super soldier Captain Niemi.
It lacks that slow foreboding feel and the mix of genres doesn’t work as well for this WW2 predominately action, chiller as it should due to the thin script. Nevertheless, its a tight good piece of entertainment packed with action and an obligatory nihilistic ending with a twist.
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