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Extreme Ops

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2002 1 Jan
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Extreme Ops
from Film Forum, 12/05/02

Extreme Ops drew in crowds of action fans this week for a wild mix of extreme sports and anti-terrorist antics. It involves a group of athletes filming a commercial for sports gear on snow peaks in Austria. The group stumbles onto a fugitive terrorist's hideout, and thus they have a good excuse for stunts galore in the name of saving the world. This film is not based on a true story.

"The film is crammed with death-defying action stunts and a whole lot of character attitude, but little else," writes Phil Boatwright (The Movie Reporter). "The plot is borrowed from other films, and the dialogue and direction keep it from seeming fresh or imaginative."

Steven Greydanus (Catholic News) says the movie "looks an awful lot like one of those supercharged sports-themed TV commercials, with glossy footage of daredevil athletes snowboarding down sheer ice walls, skateboarding atop trains, and throwing themselves off precipices. At least the protagonists seem to be enjoying themselves—when they're not skiing for their lives, of course."

Mainstream critics seemed eager to put the experience behind them. Elvis Mitchell (New York Times) says, "It is hard to say what Extreme Ops is a bigger waste of: film or time."


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