Outpost II: Black Sun
Reviewed by Andy
aka The One Where Jeff-from-Coupling Meets Undead Nazis. Yep, it’s the second film in as three days featuring everyone’s favourite Welshman-from-Coupling (in fact from Sheffield) Richard Coyle, and this time he’s trying on an American accent for size. Unfortunately it’s less successful than his Irish accent in Grabbers, but it doesn’t detract too much from the film.
After the events of Outpost, several parties have gotten very interested in the technology hidden in the Nazi bunker and its ramifications. Add into the mix a woman (Catherine Steadman) gunning for the scientist behind the project as revenge for his war crimes against her family, and you’ve got an increasingly disparate group heading into dangerous territory. The angle of the technology used was an intriguing aspect of the first film, and it’s taken further here as well with more detail on both the project and modern technological attempts to take out the Nazi ghouls in order to get to the machine at its core.
There are some good battle scenes too, with heightened sound used to add extra impact, but like the first film the limited colour scope leans towards the drab and washed out. There are some nice twists through the film – though I’m still not sure about the Emperor-Palpatine ability that crops up – but as with its predecessor it’s decent but not brilliant. Ultimately pretty forgettable, but a fair enough diversion while it lasts. ***