Joaquim de Almeida
But enough ragging. This film is actually very entertaining if you consider the action scenes and a very cool and creepy character. The character in question is a guy known as "The Tracker". This dude (Vladimir Mashkov) is some sort of elite sniper/hunter/scout/kung-fu master/overall bad-ass who's got it in for our friend Owen. This dude is cool as a cucumber as he hunts the pilot down through any landscape you can think of without regard for himself, his victim or even his compatriots. To put it plainly, this guy doesn't fuck around and he's all business. As far as plotline goes, don't expect this to be Tolstoy, but in terms of adrenaline, it delivers! It's pretty fun stuff, although some of the CGI was crap and would have been more believable had Play-Doh been used. On the other hand, some other effects are flat out spectacular! I guess this film just keeps you guessing as to whether or not you should like it.
Next up is a set of 5 deleted or extended scenes. These scenes are all pretty good on their own but in the end, I was happy they had been left out. Some seemed to be off with the pace of the rest of the film while some were giveaways of things that had been implied in the film. It's sometimes better not to be so obvious. They're worth a look. Also included are alternate opening and end credits. All these are available with optional commentary from director John Moore and Editor Paul Martin Smith.
Following that is a Pre-Vis Ejection Seat Sequence. As you can imagine, the pilot has to eject when he gets shot and this gives way to one of the most spectacular sequences in the film. This Pre-Vis sequence let you see a "model" of what the scene was originally intended to look like prior to being shot. Looking a bit like a home movie, it's a cool insight in the world of filmmaking.
And last but not least, there are two commentary tracks. The first one is narrated by director John Moore and Editor Paul Martin Smith. They're both pretty subdued and the track runs a bit slow, but it's your average commentary fare, with the guys going over the standard topics. If ever you've heard any DVD commentary track before, you'll know exactly of what this consists. If you haven't, this shouldn't be your first one.
The second track is given by producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey. I usually don't like commentaries by producers simply because they never offer any real insight into the film, but these guys are a real piece of work! I've never seen two guys whine more about how demanding their job is. For the love of God!! You're a producer!! You sit on your ass, write checks and sleep with hookers!! How hard is that!?! One of them actually has the gall to complain that they had to accommodate the Navy's schedule while they were filming on the carrier!! What a pair of clowns!!!