Interceptor is a new Netflix movie starring Mrs Chris Hemsworth, aka Elsa Pataky (Fast And Furious 8), as army captain JJ Collins, an action heroine with muscles, and who doesn’t take any baloney from anyone, whilst dispensing quick action wit.
In this case, there’s a nuclear missile threat against the US from Russia, and they only have two bases that can seek and destroy them, known as Interceptor bases. The one in Alaska has been taken over, which just leaves the classified location known as SBX-1.
No sooner does she arrive at the latter, than she learns of what’s happened in the first location, where everything has “gone dark, and we’re getting all our information from Twitter“, according to Chief Army Major Bigwig. If she does nothing about it, then the plant’s 16 nuclear missiles are going to soon be firing off and landing at 16 US cities at which they’re aimed.
On the plus side for this film, the action kicks in early, even at SBX-1, thanks to JJ and her powers of deduction. Plus, it doesn’t take her long to get down to her vest, similar to Bruce Willis in the Die Hard films. Beyond that, she must hold the central room at their base for 90 minutes until the cavalry comes, but main bad guy Alexander Kesell (Luke Bracey – Point Break 2015) is trying to cut through the strong doors with blowtorches to get to her, and naturally, he finds a way to get in and cause more havoc.
Additionally, JJ is a badass, and the way she blows a flick of hair out of her face…lush!
However, Interceptor is cheesy ’90’s-style B-movie nonsense which we’ve seen 100 times before, with dialogue like JJ’s line, “You planned for every possible outcome… but you couldn’t plan for me”, and her catchphrase is basically about how when it comes to Kessel and her interrupting his plans, “I’m still fucking up his day”.
Hence, while it passed 90 minutes or so, it’s entirely forgettable. Great script and stellar acting are strange bedfellows, but then it’s not trying to be Oscar-worthy. I’d like to see Ms Pataky in something more substantial, maybe hubby can get her a role in a Marvel film?
There’s also an uncredited cameo, and a mid-credits scene:
Interceptor is on Netflix from Friday June 3rd, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 96 minutes
Release date: June 3rd 2022
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Panavision)
Director: Matthew Reilly
Producers: Stuart Beattie, Michael Boughen, Matthew Street
Screenplay: Stuart Beattie, Matthew Reilly
Music: Michael Lira
JJ Collins: Elsa Pataky
Alexander: Luke Bracey
Beaver: Aaron Glenane
Shah: Mayen Mehta
Captain Lou Welsh: Paul Caesar
Ensign Washington: Belinda Jombwe
General Dyson: Marcus Johnson
President Wallace: Zoe Carides
General Crowthorne: Kim Knuckey
Russian Submarine Captain: Cristian Saliadarre
Marshall: Rhys Muldoon Rhys Muldoon
Holly Simmons: Riley Dandy
Zhang: Tim Wong
Corporal Swain – American Soldier: Ché Baker
Dark Cloud (Japanese Sword Guy): Ali Kadhim
Machale: Steve Morris
Fox News Anchor: Janelle McMenamin
Game Theorist: Mark Dessaix
Nikolai: Steven A Davis
Alexa: Rachel Biazzo
CNN News Anchor: Nick Barker-Pendree
And an uncredited role:
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