Movie Review: Extreme Ops (2002)
“Fear is a Trigger”
Extreme Ops (2002)
Director: Christian Duguay
Cast: Rufus Sewell, Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Synopsis: Some extreme sports enthusiasts find themselves targeted by a group of terrorists.
I’m not really sure what this movie’s title means in the context of the film itself, but it’s homogeneous enough to suggest the producers couldn’t think of a decent one that meant anything. And I think there’s a reason for that – it’s because there’s not really enough going on in the film for them to label it with a catchy, memorable title. For the first hour the movie amounts to little more than a travelogue combined with endless shots of skiers and snowboarders descending snowy mountains ahead of artificially created avalanches while filming a commercial. For the final half-hour the producers tag on a storyline involving a deposed Serbian warlord – you know the type: all bald head, scars and stubble – hiding out in the remote location our heroes have chosen for their shoot. Suspecting the film crew are undercover CIA agents – now there’s a leap – he decides to wipe them all out.
The action pretty much involves our nominal heroes running away from the bad guys until they’re safe. They’re not even picked off one by one until only a hero and his girl remain – as far as I recall only one of the crew actually gets killed. One of them is forced to take his shirt off in the snow – which is a bit cruel – but that’s about it really…
(Reviewed 21st October 2011)