After being suitably impressed with the first outing, ‘Outpost’, it was with some enthusiasm that I checked out the sequel.
Continuing the tale, literally picking up where the first movie left off, the opening scenes reveal the most unusual of new characters; a young Jewish Nazi hunter by the name of Lena. Her kill list ends with one final assassination, evil Nazi experimentalist ‘Klausener’. However, unfortunately for her, out of all the SS generals to choose from, he is the one who’s managed to build a machine which has created the army of super-soldiers from the first movie. Against all recommendation she joins the new Eastern front, teamed with a reluctant group of NATO forces, she ventures into occupied territory in Eastern Europe and destroy the machine once and for all.
The first movie was a success for many reasons. The lack of budget meant a good deal of thought went into making Nazis as ominous as they deserved to be and a clever script and a light spattering of effective scares also helped create an atmosphere which saw the movie draw you in more than its limited plot perhaps should have. Sadly, an obvious increase in budget sees a strong start deteriorate into so-desperate-to-make-a-third-movie ending which seemed to last forever with no satisfying pay off.
The acting is pretty decent, although this time, and whilst I praised the first movie for its good use of characters, these characters are both cliché and frankly a little unbelievable. The script however is up to scratch with a good lightening of the mood every now and then with some suitably crude British humour. The locations are as authentic as the first movie and good use of desolate forest both in the day and at night help the first half of the movie build that atmosphere which stood out in the original. Sadly this time, and despite a lot of explanation (much of which got a little convoluted and boring), once they reach the bunker the movie seriously fell apart. The story seemed to get more and more ridiculous as time went on, with nonsensical plot twists and poor character decisions hampering the movies pace. There are some scenes which just looked simply stupid, and the introduction of extra enemies which weren’t in the first movie seems a little ridiculous too. Most of all any atmosphere, which is the franchises greatest strength simply dissipated.
The action is decent enough, and there are some good skirmished scattered throughout the movie, but the 15 certificate hampered their impact as the majority of scenes were simply soldiers firing down corridors with only fleeting shots shown of the bullets hitting a target. Again, a stupid plot twist meant that this time the soldiers are now not invincible and not able to teleport as they were in the first movie, meaning that their threat was greatly reduced.
Worst of all, and certainly deserving of its own paragraph, the final decent into average comes from the ridiculous use of a Zombie groan/hiss sound sample whenever they were one was on screen. Literally sounded if it had been recorded from the old resident evil video games!
Overall, as you might tell, I was somewhat disappointed with the second outing. It’s certainly not a patch on the first movie, and even taken as a standalone movie it doesn’t really manage to generate any more praise than simply being average. As I said starts off strong, but tried too hard to develop something from nothing in the latter half. I’m not too interested to see where the third movie takes the story.