4.5/10 You’d think a movie taking place in WWII with action, violence, danger and…werewolves (kind of)…would be a fun thrill ride but “Burial” doesn’t fully commit to its B-movie pulp and becomes overserious instead of embracing its campy nature. It is hard to pin down the movie’s tone since half the time it is a serious drama about a group of Russian soldiers near the end of WWII bringing Hitler’s body back to Moscow and the other half of the time it is filled with hallucinations, werewolves, people being able to see events decades earlier due to magic dust, etc. While the plot gives us an “Inglourious Basterds” revisionist history and is therefore free to do anything, the movie still feels limited and bound too close to realism in most scenes. As for what worked, the acting is well done with Charlotte Vega as Brana Vasilyeva standing out the most. The most recognizable face is Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise) as Lukasz, who similarly does a great job with his screentime. The production and costume design are both impressive for a movie with a lower budget (although I wasn’t even able to find an official budget online). The action and violence is surprisingly well done and engaging, particularly in the movie’s final act. Besides those positive elements, the negatives bring the movie down to where it becomes forgettable and not something worth revisiting in the future. Besides the tonal shifts and overly serious nature, the movie just wasn’t as interesting or memorable as it should have been. It certainly didn’t help that virtually none of the supporting characters, along with the antagonists were given any kind of character development, making for two dimentional characters. Only one or two characters were given any kind of real character arc. A lot of the movie takes place at night out in the woods and the cinematography made it so it was often extremely difficult to see what was going on at all. The smoky/foggy atmosphere, meant to set the mood, only made things more difficult to see. If you are going to put some revisionist history into your movie, you should go all out and not just change up one or two facts. A character in the beginning of the movie breaks into a woman’s house and knows a surprisingly large amount about the woman but it is never shown how he knows everything he does. Characters of different nationalities often speak languages they wouldn’t speak just so English speaking audiences won’t have to read subtitles but the languages and who speaks them is all over the map. In the end, the solid acting and decent action can’t make up for a story that isn’t as interesting as it should be, no development of the vast majority of characters and tonal shifts that feels like the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be.

#WerewolfMenOfTheSS / #ScarySlaughterAndTheGasChamberOfSecrets / #NotABoxOfficeHitler / #TheCorpseRide / #WrongBurn / #ASacredMosCow

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