SAS Black Ops [DVD]
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Conway, an ex-military man, travels to a remote farm where he finds his old friend Vet, a hardened man of war. He convinces Vet and his disbanded team of mercenaries to go on one last capture mission. The target is the defected Professor Black, a terrifyingly formidable scientific mind.
Before the mission, the group form up and plan the operation ahead. Each of them are specialists in their chosen field. BB is a physical powerhouse, Frenik is a veteran bomb expert, Scope is a highly accurate sniper, and MLTDF (Most Likely To Die First) is the messenger of the team. As they reunite, former tensions from a previous operation resurface threaten the mission ahead.
Immediately after landing communications are lost. A dangerous encounter with one of their former colleagues leaves them unsettled. As the operation deepens, they suffer gruesome attacks from a hidden adversary. As a bloody massacre ensues, suspicions and doubt plague the team.
What was meant to be a simple extraction mission soon becomes a terrifying journey into madness. The chaos that follows leads them to a startling revelation.
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As an ex soldier I found the 'film' risible; I'm staying with my mother at the moment, and even *she* found the 'field craft' risible, and I couldn't help thinking that the characters were badly drawn stereotypes of civilian misperceptions of what it means to be a soldier; they reminded me of the simplistic, silly and childish beliefs on the same held by fellow students I met at university, on leaving the forces.
As another reviewer puts it the actors wandered through "dappled forest glades" and that is the point; no use of cover, bare white arms, light coloured clothing, too many different calibres of weapon, badly scripted dialogue that was worsened by atrocious acting even if it was meant to be tongue in cheek according to supportive review, which smacks IMO of an attempt at plausible denial. "Tongue in cheek"? It felt as if someone was trying to put /their/ tongue in *my* cheek, a smoker to be precise. Satires frequently work, but only if credibly done. The effects were substandard in comparison to the serious work people tout on YouTube as a means for attracting industry attention. Satire or not there was nothing at all credible about this piece, except possibly the countryside, which did at least represent an improvement on 1970s cardboard sets and quarries.
Certainly the marketing and packaging were leagues ahead of the item itself, giving the impression that this was a serious piece of work, as did the blurb on the back of the wallet, and I quote:
"Breathtaking! Makes you feel like you're actually there!" and "Heart pounding action"
Believe me, I was not at all "there". I was in a cold state of disenchantment, wasting an hour and a half.
Perhaps the jacket reviews were written by viewers whose pre-film diet included substantial amounts of hallucinogenic substances, topped with dangerous levels of a psychotropic stimulant - a D-amphetamine perhaps - or perhaps this was a cynical exercise in deception, intended to generate cash for better future offering. Whatever, there was absolutely no excuse at all for this, which can only generate scepticism amongst UK viewers in respect of the home 'industry'.
I will not be giving this 'work' to the charity shop, as I do not want anyone to pay for this... ...thing. Instead I intend to inflict it upon my friends, one of whom reviews films, writes scripts and books and does other related stuff.
It is unfortunate that my only review on Amazon is so highly negative, but I believe that people need to know, convincingly, how they are wasting their money, so that there is no excuse, as there was for me, for buying such a shoddy product.
Final verdict; don't drink good beer whilst watching this if you have it, this will be a sad waste. OTOH, spend the money on that extra beer instead because, whilst you may not know it, you will enjoy yourself a lot more watching Tee Vee. My beer for the evening was Poacher's choice, a high quality drink.
This excuse for a film left me totally incredulous and angry. How could anyone create such an abysmal load of tripe!
The acting was literally, non existant, the 'action' was hilarious, if not sad and pathetic. I have never, never experienced anything quite so bad before. Where did they get this lot from? My parrot lent out of his cage and was sick on my shoulder! My american bulldog covered his eyes with his paws and two flies constantly divebombed the TV in a kamikaze attempt to clear the screen.
I beat them to it, by switching off!
I reallycannot find words suitable to describe this total affront to film making. I think this is probably the WORST film I have ever seen or likley to see.
Rest in Peace - SAP Black Ops
Totally unconvincing. I actually bought this DVD which was a waste of money. It's pathetic - how could anyone supply money to make this except that it can't have cost more than £1000. I'll avoid three wolves films in future.
Back in a previous life I used to review movies for a living - the really bad ones would sometimes be described as 'made for TV movies', which suggested they hadn't put in the funding or effort that your average soap opera had invested in it. This movie on the other hand wouldn't even qualify as a 'made for TV movie', in terms of quality of script, visuals and acting it's more on a par with one of those really made in-house safety instruction videos that big companies sometimes force on employees (like 'the safe operation of an extending ladder' and 'the important of washing hands').
Whoever it is who does the buying at Amazon/LoveFilm needs to seriously check into their quality control, because this is the worst dross I've seen since I inadvertently rented the 'Sci-Fi Adventure' Doll Man (as bad as it sounds) from my local independent video outlet some 20 years ago...
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