WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for director Julius Avery's Overlord, in theaters now.
Director Julius Avery's Overlord is a high-octane, edge-of-your-seat period piece that pits American soldiers against a Nazi squadron, all in an attempt to destroy a French church the Axis is occupying just before D-Day. The World War II heroes have to infiltrate stealthily, however, because their targets have fortified the compound pretty well in order to conduct zombie experiments.
Eventually, the Allies manage to get the job done, but it doesn't really come down to their genius military tactics. In fact, there are two glaring plot holes which handily give the Americans the upper-hand, allowing them victory on the day.
The Nazis Don't Believe in Killshots
When the star of the film, Private Boyce (Jovan Adepo), sneaks into the church, his main objective is simple: Set charges and detonate a radio tower jamming the Allies' communications. However, knowing the Nazis are producing their revival serum in the catacombs below, he wanders off to destroy the lab, too. As he snoops around, he hears a gun cocked, and a barrel is placed right in the back of his head. It's none other than the Nazi chief, Dr. Schmidt (Erich Redman), who's been orchestrating the project to create a "thousand-year army" for Hitler's Reich.
But rather than blow Boyce's brains out, he decides to question him. The stupid thing about this is Schmidt has no reason to do so. His second-in-command, Dr. Wafner (Pilou Asbaek), had earlier told him Americans were lurking, they knew about the formula and were trying to destroy it. Given that Boyce is wearing the uniform of the enemy, Schmidt should have killed him on the spot rather than try to imprison him. It would have been the smart decision as he'd also now have an American to experiment on, adding insult to injury. Instead, he does the typical villain schtick of trying to monologue about German glory looming on the horizon, only for Boyce to easily overpower and strangle him.
The Nazis Actually Empower The Enemy
This silly decision from Schmidt has dire consequences as it allows Boyce to make his way in Overlord's finale to try to save his commanding officer, Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell) from Wafner, who after getting injured, took the serum himself and mutated into a grotesque super-soldier. Wafner, being the overpowered abomination he is, had soundly beat Ford up, but rather than kill him, he chained him up and was going to inject him with the same serum. Wait... what?
That's right, Wafner makes the dumb choice to basically turn his enemy into a super-soldier as well. It never occurs to him, or the film's writers, that he's undoing his own mission by levelling Ford up. Boyce intervenes, temporarily rescuing Ford, but when Wafner is about to kill Boyce, Ford ends up taking the serum on his own and incapacitates the megalomaniac. The Nazis' dumb decisions come full-circle in the closing moments as Ford proceeds to blow himself, Wafner, the entire zombie legion and all of the serum up, while Boyce ends up taking the tower down, all reiterating that strategy may not have been a German strongpoint.
In theaters now, director Julius Avery's Overlord stars Jovan Adepo, John Magno, Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine, Pilou Asbaek, Jacob Anderson and Iain De Caestecker.