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Overlord is a 2018 American war horror film and the Fourth installment in the Cloverfield series directed by Julius Avery and written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. It stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk, and Bokeem Woodbine. The plot follows several American soldiers who are dropped behind enemy lines the day before D-Day and discover secret Nazi experiments.
On the eve of D-Day, a paratrooper squad is sent to destroy a German radio tower in an old church; however, their plane is shot down before they can reach their target, leaving only five apparent survivors, Corporal Ford and soldiers Boyce, Tibbet, Chase, and Dawson. Dawson is killed by a landmine but the team continues onward, running into a French woman named Chloe who agrees to take them into the village where the radio tower is located. The soldiers learn that Chloe lives with her 8-year-old brother Paul and her aunt, who has been disfigured by Nazi experiments taking place in the church. After Tibbet and Chase depart to check the scheduled rendezvous site, the remaining soldiers are forced to hide in the attic when a Nazi patrol performs a routine inspection. But when SS Hauptsturmführer Wafner attempts to rape Chloe, Boyce attacks him, forcing the soldiers to take him prisoner.
Attempting to reach the rendezvous point, Boyce witnesses the Nazis burning disfigured village residents. He is nearly caught by a dog and is forced to take refuge in a truck carrying the bodies of some of the other paratroopers. Once inside the base, Boyce learns that there are various experiments taking place in the lab, based around a mysterious liquid compound the Nazis discovered by distilling an ancient tar from under the church through human bodies. Boyce takes a sample of the serum and rescues Rosenfeld, another member of the paratrooper squad who was captured by the Nazis, and escapes the castle.
Back at the attic, Wafner refuses to explain what the serum is when questioned and is subsequently beaten by Ford. As the squad prepare to assault the church, Wafner attempts to escape, shooting and killing Chase in the process, driving Boyce to use the serum on Chase after his death. The serum restores Chase to life, but he immediately begins to mutate, showing inhuman strength, a resistance to gunfire, and turns hostile, forcing Boyce to pulverize Chase's head to stop him. In the midst of the chaos, Wafner escapes while taking Paul as a hostage, although part of his face is blown off by Ford in the subsequent shootout.
With time running out until the deadline when the radio tower must be destroyed, Boyce convinces Ford that destroying the laboratory has to be their priority. While Rosenfeld and Tibbet create a distraction at the main entrance, Ford, Boyce, and Chloe enter the base through the sewers Boyce previously used to escape, with Boyce and Ford planting the explosives while Chloe rescues Paul. Ford is attacked by a mutated Wafner, who has injected himself with a combination of untested serums, which heals his injuries while driving him increasingly insane. When Boyce manages to distract Wafner, the injured Ford injects himself with another sample of the serum, allowing him to force Wafner down the pit where the compound was discovered, but he then forces Boyce to leave him behind and finish setting off the dynamite. Boyce succeeds in blowing up the radio tower and the laboratory, escaping just in time for the church and radio tower to collapse behind him.
After the destruction of the radio tower, Boyce reports to their superiors that Ford chose to plant the bombs inside the church rather than outside to ensure its destruction, choosing to avoid mentioning the serum or the lab as Ford believed that neither side should possess the serum. The military accepts this story and the soldiers are informed that they will be reassigned to another company as the war continues.
- Jovan Adepo as Private First Class Ed Boyce, a paratrooper who uncovers the Nazi experiments below the church and radio tower.
- Wyatt Russell as Corporal Ford, a paratrooper and explosives expert who is vehemently against swaying from the mission to destroy the radio tower.
- Mathilde Ollivier as Chloe, Paul's sister, Simone's niece and a French-German civilian who aides the stranded paratroopers.
- John Magaro as Private First Class Tibbet, a paratrooper and sniper.
- Pilou Asbæk as Captain Wafner, an SS Hauptsturmführer.
- Gianny Taufer as Paul, Chloe’s younger brother. and Simone's nephew
- Iain De Caestecker as Private Morton Chase, a paratrooper and photographer.
- Dominic Applewhite as Private First Class Jacob Rosenfeld, a paratrooper.
- Jacob Anderson as Private First Class Dawson, a paratrooper.
- Bokeem Woodbine as Sergeant Eldson
- Erich Redman as Dr. Schmidt, head of the experimentation on French civilians and dead German soldiers.
The initial story for the film was conceived by J. J. Abrams and screenwriter Billy Ray, with Ray penning the script. Paramount acquired the film in 2017, and Mark L. Smith was brought in to polish the script.Abrams denied this at CinemaCon on April 25, 2018. Principal photography began in September 2017 and wrapped January 2018.
Visual effects for the film were provided by Industrial Light & Magic, Pixomondo, Rodeo FX, Southbay and Nzviage. Mark Bakowski, Julian Foddy, Dan Seddon, Stefano Trivelli and Pauline Duvall served as visual effects supervisors.