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Extreme Ops Review

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A bunch of extreme sports nutters, filming an advertisement up an Austrian mountain, accidentally catch on film a mad Serbian warlord who faked his own death. Adventure ensues, as he tries to kill them and they try not to be bumped off.

★★★★★

Why didn't someone think of it before? You stick a bunch of extreme sports nutters and a commercials crew up an Austrian mountain, then have them accidentally catch on film a mad Serbian warlord who faked his own death.

Credibility is red-carded early on, as the life-or-death scenario forces 'our heroes' into performing increasingly wild stunts. Unfortunately, 'our heroes' are spoilt assholes who are almost impossible to like, leaving us only Rufus Sewell and his comedy cynicism to root for. The story is so ludicrous that there's no real sense of danger, even though the snow-bound sets are marginally more realistic than in Vertical Limit.

Along with xXx, there's a move afoot to make the extreme sports star into a 21st century action hero. But no amount of skate tricks or avalanche-dodging ski stunts will win us over if the characters have had their charisma surgically removed.

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