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Extreme Ops
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10.09.2004 By: The Arrow
Extreme Ops order
Director:
Christian Duguay

Actors:
Devon Sawa
Bridgitte Wilson
Rufus Sewell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A film crew and a group of young extreme sports dudes and dudettes hit the Austrian Alps (i.e. Vancouver B.C.) to shoot a stunt-laced commercial. They eventually clash with a Serbian war criminal who is hiding out nearby and yes, the helicopter and the shotguns are whipped out. Fun times?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
EXTREME OPS could’ve been a groovy blend of XXX and CLIFFHANGER, but somebody forgot to go heavy on the essential ingredient that makes an action film work and that is...ACTION! The first hour of this movie was in most parts lifeless, with bad editing, annoying leads, forced relationships, lousy dialogue and idiotic “rebellious” behaviour tossed our way. One hour of that crap was a lot of vinegar to digest! Then there was the Devon Sawa thing; taking into account his “semi” brand name, I found it odd that not only wasn’t his character emphasized, but it also seemed like the actor himself was hiding from the camera. It made for a weird vibe when it came to his presence in the film. I think his obvious recent Burger King splurging might have had something to do with that. My last peeve with the flick is minor, but must also be addressed: if you’re going to bother putting a "two girls making out" session into your movie, don’t freakin' pan away when the deed is about to be done. GRRRR! That was out of line!

On the upside, the film sported enough random doses of gnarly snowboard, skiing, skateboard sequences backed by sly techno tunes to keep me awake and lightly entertained. I also got into the whole Rufus Sewell/Bridgette Wilson ruckus, mostly due to the charisma/chemistry that both actors emanated as opposed to the screenplay or lack thereof. Lastly, when the “real” action FINALLY kicked in for the last 20 minutes, I must admit getting into it and even feeling a little tension. Taking into account that I had nothing invested in these mooks; me feeling anything beyond beer burps at that point, was quite a statement on the power of those bits. Duguay delivered some effective polished visual shots, the creative stunts and action set pieces made me sit up and the fast pace helped that last block go down real well. Sure, the blue screen was bad and the CGI obvious, but I lapped it up anyway because I’m that guy! It boils down to this: will you sit through one hour of mostly crud for 20 minutes of sweet candy? Extreme this!
THE EXTRAS
We get some TRAILERS but I didn’t bother checking out what they were. Paramount didn’t care to provide us with any EXTRAS here, so why should I take time to check out the dinky advertisements for their other releases. This DVD is so empty that you would think it’s a typical Paramount FRIDAY THE 13TH sequel DVD release as opposed to a stand alone action flick.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
EXTREME OPS is not a good movie, but it had enough extreme sports sequences to keep me mildly entertained throughout and the last 20 minutes kicked in hard and had me smiling. The DVD itself came through audio/video wise, but the TOTAL absence of EXTRAS pissed me off to a PMS degree. I’m sure a well made “making of” for this flick would’ve been more satisfying than the film itself. If you’re really bored, have beers handy and dig on extreme sports, checking this one out won’t kill ya...but it might damage some of your brain cells. It’s all about the last 20 minutes guys, and to be honest, for me, they made the whole of it worth a gander. I’m happy I saw the film. Then again, I’m an action, extreme sports enthusiast who also happened to enjoy BALLISTIC: ECKS VS SEVER. Your call!
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