Thursday, 20 July 2017

Arrival

ARRIVAL (2016)


This sci-fi drama of human contact with alien visitors begins with a dawn flight, from the scientist heroine’s house, aboard a Sikorsky S-61 to the military camp in Montana


There’s a Black Hawk parked at the base, while Chinook transports haul cargo and supplies to the UFO landing site. 


Chinooks appear in the background of several later scenes. 


In a crisis of paranoid confrontation, three Apache helicopters chase away the departing spaceship. 


For the final evacuation, two Chinooks are waiting, on the ground, with rotors turning.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Purge: Election Year

THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (2016)

This sci-fi thriller includes a sequence with the villain’s team of mercenaries airborne in a futuristic gunship (digital visual effects) flying to attack the heroine’s ambulance van on the night streets of Washington D.C.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Call Up

THE CALL UP (2016)
This sci-fi action movie, about virtual war-games, has a Mil Mi-24 Hind (in a digital visual effects scene) that flies by the upper floors of a building, and then turns away to cruise over the ruined city. 


The helicopter gunship re-appears hovering just outside a window. Later, helicopter wreckage is found by the gamers just outside a doorway.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Deepwater Horizon



Peter Berg’s suspenseful disaster movie is based on a true story. 


At Bristow heli-port, we see an airborne Bell 407 and an Agusta Westland AW-139 surrounded by several helicopters parked on concrete pads.


The morning flight has a Sikorsky S-92A carrying crew to the oil-rig. The big transport suffers a bird strike before landing safely at the off-shore location.



After the explosions, a US Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin is the first rescue flight to reach the burning platform. 


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Criminal

CRIMINAL (2016)
Made in the UK, this Hollywood sci-fi action thriller features an Agusta Westland AW-109E Power (G-EMHC) flying a convict (Kevin Costner) from prison to an RAF base in Dover.


Later, there are two Westland Apache gunships on patrol over another British city.



The spy chief (Gary Oldman) takes a Eurocopter AS-355 TwinStar (G-XLLL from Excel charter) flight over London to follow a van-load of Russian agents, and the helicopter lands in the grounds of a university.



This Twin-Star takes off again to pursue the hero who is driving a stolen ambulance to a small air-field for the final shoot-out.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Day Of Reckoning

DAY OF RECKONING (2016)


This sci-fi horror begins with a montage of apocalyptic scenes that include a pair of Black Hawk gunships and two Mil Mi-24 Hind choppers in brief CGI shots of aerial combat against swarms of flying creatures. 


There’s also a couple of U.N. helicopters, a Russian Mil Mi-17 Hip transport and a Bell 212 Twin Huey, in a brief stock-footage shot.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Central Intelligence

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016)


This comedy action movie includes a Bell 427 that lands in the grounds of a school for the heroes to attend a class reunion party.