War movies are most effective when they put you in the thick of the unrelenting action of a battle. A good director knows to deliver a veritable sensory overload of visuals and sounds that disorient the audience as if they were about to lead the charge themselves.
It seems that Julius Avery is one of those directors, based on a clip from his upcoming war/supernatural mashup movie, Overlord. Posted by Sony's official PlayStation YouTube channel, the clip is presumably from the start of the film, when a group of American paratroopers are about to make the dreaded jump into Nazi-occupied France — all of this while planes are being shot out of the sky around them.
Shot up close and personal in the spirit of Saving Private Ryan, the scene is tense, realistic, and bloody. It even uses the old war movie standby of cutting out all sound for a few moments to take you inside the nervous head space of the solider named Boyce (Jovan Adepo) just before he jumps out of the moving plane.
Watch the clip below and don't forget to breathe...
Even with all of the action, Avery takes a moment to give voice to the brutal anti-Semitic policies of the Third Reich, when a fellow soldier (Dominic Applewhite) turns to Boyce and asks what will happen if something goes wrong and they land in the middle of a Nazi battalion.
"We both know what the Nazis are gonna do to a guy named Rosenfeld," he says, alluding to the horrific policy of discrimination and genocide implemented against Europe's Jewish population beofre and during World War II.
Co-starring Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49), Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), Jacob Anderson (also Game of Thrones), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Mathilde Ollivier, and John Magaro (The Big Short), Overlord gets its title from the codename of the Allied invasion of Normandy in June of 1944.
After a group of American soldiers land, things go from history, to horror when they discover an abominable Nazi experiment going on in a small French village.
Overlord is produced by J.J. Abrams and parachutes behind enemy lines on Friday, Nov. 7.