Extreme Ops
Paramount // PG-13 // November 27, 2002
Review by Todd Siechen | posted November 27, 2002
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Extreme Ops equels extreme boredom. Cliffhanger meets Warren Miller? It seems as though someone wanted to make a typical snowboarding/skiing film while adorning it with hollywood action stunts, explosions, guns, bad guys, and really bad lines and then package it up and send it into theaters. I would love to have been a fly on the wall of the meeting where this idea was pitched and actually accepted and funded by Paramount.

Here is the plot (if you are bold enough to call it that). An ad agency is called upon to make an extreme action/sports commercial for a video company with skiers and snowboarders doing extreme stunts like jumping cliffs and outrunning avalanches. They team up with some young punk kids who are full of attitude and rebellious tendencies and travel to the remote mountain range with an unfinished resort as their base of operations. Also residing at this resort secretly is the terrorist leader Slobovan Pavlov who has faked his own death and now carries out his attacks from this new location. After discovering some accidental footage of him taken by our fearless daredevil teenage outcast the terrorits seek to hunt down and kill the team while they manage to elude them in a ridiculous circus extravaganza of helicopter chasing, cliff hanging, downhill silliness only to culminate in what could not be a less interesting finale where the only excitement was in imagining how great it would be to leave the theater after suffering through this garbage.

The only even remotely redeeming scene of this whole film was a hot tub sequence with Chloe and Kittie getting drunk and looking very hot, but the two of them could have stripped naked and had hot lesbian sex and it would not have been enough to save this disaster of acetate someone was stupid enough to call a film. Rufuss Sewell plays the Leader Ian of the extreme team, Bridgette Wilson plays Chloe the gold medal winning downhill skier. Other than these two, I didnt recognize anyone in the film.

I won't waste anymore of your time with this, and Im sure it will come as no surprise when I highly recommend that this film be skipped in favor of so many other films in theaters not to mention great ones on DVD.


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