Saturday, 19 January 2019

Kill Switch

KILL SWITCH (2017) 

Although not strictly helicopters, as they have no rotors, the jet-powered VTOL drones of this sci-fi actioner operate much like the tri- / quad-copter flying machines that they vaguely resemble.  




Various copter-styled models of these futuristic security drones patrol a city in the alternative ‘cloned’ world and, during the special effects sequences, several are shot down by gun-men on the ground.  




Thursday, 10 January 2019

Punisher

THE PUNISHER (2017) 

This Marvel TV series is a crime drama remake about a US marine turned vigilante. 


Season one’s fifth episode Gunner features a quad-copter drone that flies over a forest in Kentucky, during the hero’s shoot-out with mercenaries. 


Monday, 7 January 2019

Renegades

RENEGADES (aka: American Renegades, 2017) 

This action-adventure movie is about a salvage heist by a military commando squad. 



When the US navy SEAL team visit a lake, their MD-520N Defender (portrayed by an NH-500E) performs low-flying stunts over a Bosnian forest until the hero's NOTAR gunship is attacked by missiles from an enemy jet-fighter.



The chopper returns fire and the damaged war-plane is chased away.


Later, a US marines CH-53 Super Stallion arrives just in time to rescue some rogue heroes from the lake, and air-lift a stash of Nazi gold. 





The Black Hawk on the DVD cover does not appear in this movie. 


Thursday, 3 January 2019

Mummy

THE MUMMY (2017) 

This monster movie launches the ‘Dark Universe’ franchise of 21st century remakes.


There’s a Bell UH-1N transport used by a US army officer in Iraq, and another Huey flies overhead.


The Bell 212 air-lifts an Egyptian sarcophagus from its hidden tomb.



Two Huey flights join a military convoy that’s crossing the desert, and the chopper delivers its relic haul to a military cargo plane.




Monday, 31 December 2018

Moontrap: Target Earth

MOONTRAP: TARGET EARTH (2017) 

This low-budget sci-fi adventure is a belated sequel Moontrap (1989). 


One digital visual effects scene has a Comanche stealth gunship that appears suddenly, hovering in the night sky, and shoots a man standing up on a ridge in the desert.


Monday, 24 December 2018

Tomb Raider

TOMB RAIDER (2018) 

This actioner is both a remake and prequel to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). 


Near the end of the movie, an NHI NH-90 transport is hijacked by the heroes as their escape vehicle from a remote island. 



Friday, 21 December 2018

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017) 

This comedy adventure movie features a Bell UH-1H, found in a barn at a jungle camp and stolen by the heroes as their getaway vehicle. 


The Huey gunship’s main rotor is damaged by enemy rocket fire.


The chopper hacks through tree-tops and drops into rocky gorge where the pilot says “the collective is busted”, and the Huey nearly crashes.


Flying just above the ground, the Huey is chased by rhinos while the hero climbs up, outside of the cabin to fix the rotor in mid-air, just in time to escape from a stampede in the canyon.






The heroes return for a dropped jewel and one of the sidekicks is pushed out of the Huey to distract animals.


When the sidekick returns, and falls from the sky, the chopper tilts over on its side to catch the falling man.




This flying stunt sequence was filmed in a studio with the actors aboard a helicopter prop and green screens for digital visual effects.   





Eventually, the Huey lands safely on a hill-side.