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Chris Ryan's Strike Back [DVD]
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Based on ex-SAS man Chris Ryan's bestseller Strike Back is a story of deception, redemption and revenge, all played out in the interlinked lives of two former soldiers; Major Hugh Collinson and discharged veteran John Porter. Their paths last crossed seven years ago. Now, amidst a new hostage crisis in the Middle East, their lives are about to collide again.
It’s 1993, Basra City and Porter leads a team to rescue a kidnapped British businessman. The decisions taken on that night inexorably unite the fate of both Porter and Collinson. Porter bares the burden of guilt and the repercussions haunt him for years, until an opportunity presents itself for him to return to Iraq and redeem himself.
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I am sure there will be the nit-pickers whose reviews will complain about such things as plot-holes and the services personnel who will give an endless list of everything that was wrong with the uniforms and the equipment. My advice is: just relax and enjoy this "high-octane" ride because Strike Back really is a great adventure.
The production values of this six part series are very high. It was filmed in South Africa - rather than in a Welsh slate quarry - and its magnificent scenery provides a beautiful and believable substitute for Zimbabwe, Iraq and Afghanistan. The cast are some of the best actors to be seen on our TV screens, the music underlines the heart-pounding action sequences, and both Chris Ryan and a group of ex SAS men were called in to advise and train the actors and the production team.
Those who have already read the book may not be satisfied with the way that the scriptwriters have extended, changed and, to my mind, improved upon, the original story. But Chris Ryan has declared that he is more than pleased with the outcome and was particularly thrilled with Richard Armitage's portrayal of his hero, John Porter.
The story concerns a hostage extraction in Iraq which goes wrong. Porter takes the blame and leaves the army in disgrace, but returns 7 years later to redeem himself in another hostage situation.Read more ›
I love action movies, books and series, I have an avid interest in British Special Forces and I think Richard Armitage is one of the best actors I have ever seen, so the moment I heard he would be in Strike Back" I also knew it would be good. I wasn't disappointed, on the contrary, as especially the second and third episodes are great entertainment.
The first episode roughly follows Chris Ryan's books and shows John Porter's downfall and his redemption by saving the kidnapped journalist. The beginning may be a little slow going, but the characters are complex and have to be established, but the second half contains lovely, tender scenes between Porter and Katie, and much action so that time flies. The next two episodes are original stories set in two of the hell holes of this world, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
Richard Armitage is truly a dedicated actor, undergoing hard physical training to turn his fine-boned long-distance runner's body into that of a decathlete. He shows that being a professional soldier needs not necessarily lead to being a killing machine without conscience. That's his weakness, but it is an endearing one. It is also a little hard to believe that he has no academic qualifications, because he has a natural intelligence and ability to impovise that makes him a combination of Sharpe, Indiana Jones and Danger Man.
There are many intense, yet subtly acted moments - for instance as Porter waits to be executed by a bullet in the back of his head, first struggles and then resigns to his fate, his daughter's name upon his lips. Ironically, the cruel goings-on in the jail are most beautifully filmed, bathed in pale yellow light, the night scenes in soft dark blue.Read more ›
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Excellent. Ordered it for Richard Armitage and he never lets down. His performances are always superior as he brings his character to life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacqueline Pisano
I really enjoyed this series. It doesn't end with a cliffhanger so it can be watched on its own. Sadly however the follow on series produced by Cinemax is a real let-down as they... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)
If Chris Ryan is consulting on the series he never was SAS! These storries are so full of holes and there so many unlikely actions and bad SOPs that I can cannot in good concience... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Arts