EXTREME OPS is extremely stupid. A blend of XXX and JACKASS: THE MOVIE, EXTREME
OPS follows daredevil extreme sports buffs as they film a commercial in the
Austrian Alps in which they outrun an avalanche while holding video cameras to
record the event.
The only things that the picture gets right are the snow sequences, which are
breathtaking. They blow it on everything else, even the sound. The sound of
surf in BLUE CRUSH made a frightening noise, full of deep bass roar. In
contrast, the various avalanches in EXTREME OPS make little auditory impact.
Rufus Sewell, a fine actor, is completely wasted as Ian, the commercial's
director. Bridgette Wilson plays Chloe, a very blonde, gold-medalist skier who
doesn't think she can do the stunts like the rest of the hot-dogging athletes.
Do you think that, after one pratfall after another, she might up end up being a
The movie really goes off the deep end when it introduces a subplot about a
Serbian war criminal who decides that the commercial actors are really spies.
The silly script includes such drivel as, "I know they are a CIA plant. I can
After generating several large, unintentional laughs, the movie finally ends
with the bad guys dead and the good guys with their commercial in the can. One
of the characters gives viewers an early warning when she declares, "It's not
funny or clever. Watch out!"
EXTREME OPS runs 1:25. It is rated PG-13 for "violence/peril, language and some
nudity" and would be acceptable for kids around 10 and up.
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it 1/2 of a star for the snowboarding scenes. He
complained that it had no plot and that it was less exciting than watching bread
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes