Matthew Reilly’s debut “Interceptor,” now on Netflix, would possibly as properly include a Cannon emblem in the entrance of it. It’s such an old-style motion movie that it virtually performs like a discarded Chuck Norris script, simply with some trendy gender politics and social points in play (though somebody like Cynthia Rothrock may have simply headlined nearly precisely the identical movie within the ‘80s). With co-writer Stuart Beattie (“Collateral”), Reilly has crafted a movie that the characters from “The Expendables” might sit around watching, and there’s one thing admirable concerning the no-nonsense hoo-rah of all of it. A few of the execution is a bit clunky—the combat choreography is flat, particularly within the climax—however that is the type of summertime escapism that individuals usually search for because the climate will get hotter throughout the US. Now you may get it on Netflix too.
The story goes that Reilly purposefully wished his first venture to incorporate average finances with few solid members and one set. And so we all know it gained’t be lengthy earlier than one thing chaotic when he drops JJ Collins (Elsa Pataky) on a ship in the course of the Atlantic, a vessel that homes interceptor missiles, the worldwide security web designed to handle enterprise if a nuclear weapon occurs to be launched. It is a homecoming of types for Collins, who was pressured out of service by trolls who got here after her when she blew the whistle on the superior who sexually assaulted her. She’s a no-nonsense soldier, somebody who we would like on our facet when the shit hits the fan.
In fact, on the day she will get there, the fan will get blasted when terrorists steal 16 nuclear weapons from a facility in Russia and intention them at main cities in the US. As she’s discussing how this might have occurred with a superior, she discovers that the dangerous guys have additionally thought of the position of the interceptor and occur to be on the ship already. Led by an obnoxious alpha male named Kessel (Luke Bracey), the terrorists appear to have little greater than full annihilation of the human race in their thoughts. Can JJ hold them from the management room that will enable them to disable the interceptors and wipe out the whole United States?
In fact, she will be able to. A film like “Interceptor” isn’t arranged as one with numerous twists and turns, so it turns into a train in execution. Most of that falls on the shoulders of Pataky and Bracey, who bicker between the bullets and combat scenes that erupt each time Kessel tries to breach the management room. Pataky could be a bit too stoic, particularly within the opening scenes, however, she’s the sport for the motion of the second half of the movie and plausible because of the hero. Bracey leans into the shallow smarm of his character, even when he too may have been a tad extra charismatic. Each performer appears a bit under-directed when there’s a model of “Interceptor” that leans even more durable into its B-movie ’80s roots, dropping one-liners and high-quality kills. As goofy and filled with plot holes as it’s, the movie nearly takes itself too severely (though a cameo from Pataky’s husband and govt producer Chris Hemsworth is kinda enjoyable.)
It additionally might need been good to lean into type a bit extra with the motion, most of which is shot in a means that will get the job executed however little greater than that. In the end, that’s an appraisal that works for all of “Interceptor.” It’s superb. It will get the job executed. Given the number of mediocre motion films that have discovered their technique to VOD and streaming companies during the last couple of years, simply getting the job executed type of appears like a minor miracle. However Chuck Norris would have had extra enjoyment with it.