Outpost: Black Sun (2012) starring Richard Coyle, Clive Russell, Catherine Steadman, Michael Byrne Movie Review

Outpost: Black Sun (2012)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Catherine Steadman in Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Black Sun = Poor Visuals

Reports of a lethal force of soldiers in Eastern Europe have led to NATO moving in with a US task force sent in to the region. Also in the region is Lena (Catherine Steadman) a young Nazi Hunter on the search for a Nazi scientist named Klausener (David Gant) who is also the target of Lena's former colleague Wallace (Richard Coyle) who is after him because of a mysterious machine he is said to have created to make the Third Reich immortal. But as the task force, Lena and Wallace all end up at Klausener's bunker they discover the truth of his machine as they are confronted by Nazi zombies.

The mention of the word zombie is enough to attract me to a movie even when I learn it is a sequel and I haven't seen the original. That is the case when I came across "Outpost: Black Sun" as whilst as of writing I had never seen "Outpost" the world zombie was enough of a persuader to give this sequel a go. In truth I can't tell whether having watched "Outpost" would have enhanced the experience of watching "Outpost: Black Sun" as frankly it is quite simply laborious.

Now I suppose truth be told I expected "Outpost: Black Sun" to be just a typical b-movie which doesn't waste time getting to the zombie action when in truth it takes what feels an age to get there as it meanders through a failed attempt to create character depth when it comes to Lena. It is one of the reasons why "Outpost: Black Sun" ends up laborious because rather than just giving fans of zombie movies what they want director Steve Barker tries to make more of it than needed and forgets that most people who watch this are after simple entertainment of the zombie horror variety.

The other issue with "Outpost: Black Sun" is that artistically it sucks. What I mean by that is that when the action is not taking place in poorly lit rooms or corridors it is taking place at night and so scene after scene is a blur in the darkness. Maybe it is Barker aiming for some sort of visual authenticity but again is it really what audiences who watch because they see the mention of zombies want.

What this all boils down to is that "Outpost: Black Sun" didn't do it for me and what sounded on paper like a reasonably entertaining zombie movie ended up a laborious test of endurance.

Tags: Zombie Movies