Interceptor review by Bobby Blakey
Elsa Pataky is no stranger to action holding her own as part of the family in Fast and Furious parts 5-7. Now she is headlining her own action flick with the new Netflix film Interceptor co-starring Luke Bracey from director Matthew Riley. Could she bring the action fans are hoping for or will she fail to stop nuclear war?
Interceptor follows Captain JJ Collins who finds herself in charge of a lone nuclear missile interceptor base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after she is wrongfully drummed out of her dream job at the Pentagon. When a simultaneous coordinated attack then threatens the base itself, Collins comes face-to-face with the charismatic yet crooked Alexander Kessel, a former US military intelligence officer intent on carrying out an unthinkable plan. With only minutes on the clock, Collins must utilize her years of tactical training and military expertise to determine who she can trust and stop Kessel and his covert mercenaries from completing their twisted and terrible mission.
Heading into this flick I knew nothing about it, but thought she was good in the Fast and Furious films so figured it had the chance to be a decent action flick. While there are some decent fights the film itself is all over the place trying to be relevant and doesn’t offer up much that really works.
The story is fine, but they have crowbarred in almost every current issue in the world today including immigration, the me too movement and political stances. It could have worked if it wasn’t so in your face, forced and out of place in this type of movie and instead used to try to make this film more important than it really is. Sadly even if they had gotten rid of these elements to just go straight action it wouldn’t helped all that much.
The film is essentially Die Hard, but a horribly sad attempt. It is filled with things that don’t make sense and bad decisions that just make the film more
frustrating as it moves forward. Patakay holds her own in the action and even has a good presence for an action heroine, but with little to no explaination of how she is able to fight so many people twice her size with little harm to herself just makes it sometimes laughable.
The CGI here is pretty cheap and really reminded me of the Asylum or straight to SyFy Channel films. One shining light comes in a funny, but really useless cameo from her real life husband Chris Hemsworth so look out for that if you chose to give this film a shot. Decide for yourself and check out Interceptor available now on Netflix.