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Extreme Ops (2002)

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While filming an advertisement, some extreme sports enthusiasts unwittingly stop a group of terrorists.

Director:

Christian Duguay

Writers:

Timothy Scott Bogart (story), Mark Mullin (story) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Sawa ... Will
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Chloe (as Brigette Wilson-Sampras)
Rupert Graves ... Jeffrey
Rufus Sewell ... Ian
Heino Ferch ... Mark
Joe Absolom ... Silo
Jana Pallaske ... Kittie
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Zoran
Liliana Komorowska ... Yana
Klaus Löwitsch ... Pavlov
David Scheller David Scheller ... Slavko
Detlef Bothe ... Ratko
Heinrich Schmieder Heinrich Schmieder ... Goran
Franjo Marincic Franjo Marincic ... Ivo
Rade Radovic Rade Radovic ... Jaksa
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Storyline

A film crew travels to the Austrian Alps near the (former) Yugoslav border to film three extreme sports enthusiasts being chased down by an avalanche for a commercial. What they don't know, however, is that they're filming near the secret hideout of Slobodan Pavle, a Serbian war criminal. Accidentally catching him on film, they become locked in a life-or-death chase for their lives through the mountains that includes skiing, snowboarding, sky diving, white water rafting, helicopters, motorcycles and base jumping. Written by Schleppy

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Tempo ist die beste Waffe (Speed is the best weapon) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/peril, language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Germany | Luxembourg

Release Date:

27 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Extremists See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,233,525, 1 December 2002

Gross USA:

$4,842,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,959,475
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The closing credits begin with 'To Werner' - Werner Koenig had died in an avalanche in 2000 while location scouting for this movie. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Ian and Will are hanging in the kayak, Ian's phone rings three times even though he has picked it up and said hello before the third ring. See more »

Quotes

Chloe: I won a gold medal in downhill skiing.
Silo: What color is it?
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Connections

Referenced in The Extreme Team (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Pick Up the Pieces
Written by Clint Baker, David Keel, Dustin Stroud & Mark Johnson
Performed by Riddlin' Kids (as Riddlin Kids)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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At its very best it is still only a distracting, unenthusiastic *shrug* of a film
15 October 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

An extreme sports advertising firm travels to snowy Eastern Europe to shoot an advert featuring snow-boarding in the middle of an avalanche. Despite the danger, all the thrill-seekers see it as a bit of fun but, when they accidentally get film of a "dead" war criminal very much alive, they find themselves in very real danger.

Perhaps unfortunately also known as The Extremists, this film is an European attempt to do what xXx did in regards making an action film out of extreme sports. Now, to many viewers this may feel like a particularly bad overall aim but bear in mind that, instead of American muscle-man Vin Diesel, we've got Rufus Sewell in the lead – "oh sh1111111t boy....it's on now kid, we bringing the C-WELL" etc. You get my point – from the start you cannot shake the feeling that this is a product made without a lot of money sloshing around. With that in mind I did expect it to be awful and it was a weirdly nice surprise to find that it is only "not that good". The plot about terrorists in a remote location is not reached for two-thirds and up till then we just have lots of noisy "extreme sports" action. This snow-boarding stuff is all very well but, without any plotting or characters to speak of, you'd be better off just watching it on one of those channel 4 sports programmes instead.

In the final thirty minutes we suddenly have an action movie as one would expect but this is too quick and lacking in tension or the sort of internal realism required to engage the viewer. It pootles along OK I suppose but it never shakes the feeling of being basic mainly because Duguay can't inject action and thrills into it, he does his best but the material is the root of the problem and the film never did anything for me other than distract. The cast don't help the feeling of this being done on the cheap but the bigger problem is that nobody really has a lot of presence or charisma. The only exception to this is Pallaske, who is cute and energetic enough to stick in the mind. Otherwise though we are left with Sewell being too bland for this film, Graves doing a "comedy" character, Wilson being blonde and tall, Sawa (better known as Eminem's Stan) doing not that much and then lots of Eastern European boiler-plates.

Extreme Ops offers a mix of so-so extreme sports action, so-so narrative, so-so performances and so-so action. It is no surprise then that the overall film at its best is "so-so" and other than a very lazy Friday night watching cable, I don't think many viewers will find that this meets their needs. "Here we go again" is the final line of the film – extremely unlikely I'd say.


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