Monday, 11 December 2017


THE TAKE (aka: Bastille Day, 2016)

This action movie is a spy thriller with Idris Elba playing a CIA agent in Paris. 

In the climactic sequence, some crooked cops fly in a Bell 205 that lands on the roof-top of a bank.   

Thursday, 30 November 2017



This British TV adventure series is about a couple of treasure hunters and global travellers played by Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond.

First episode The Amazon features a Eurocopter EC-120B searching the South American jungle for the remains of a lost Victorian explorer. 

In the show’s main rotary action, the pilot betrays the heroine but the hero climbs aboard the Colibri for some low-flying stunts over the river, where the heroes jump out before the chopper crashes into a rocky hill-side.

Episode Moscow includes an unlikely Bell 206 JetRanger in rural Russia.

Episode Cambodia has a Bell 407, without its rear doors, flying the villain and his henchmen to a mountain location. 

Friday, 17 November 2017

Suicide Squad


A follow-up movie to Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) this features a couple of AH-64 Apache Longbow helicopters destroyed in flight by a super-villain on the Midway City streets.

Carrying troops, an MD 500E lands at the FEMA camp during the evacuation of civilians, and a Bell 206L LongRanger is parked in the background of this scene. 

An MH-60 Black Hawk drops off convicts for suicide squad, Task Force X, at the military staging area.

Two Boeing CH-47 transports fly teams into the city, where one Chinook is shot down and it crashes sideways to roll through a car park. The second helicopter lands safely near the crash site.

Later, when it's hijacked by the Joker, a rescue Chinook hovers near a roof-top and shoots at the squad of antiheroes. Harley Quinn jumps off the roof and she grabs a rope to dangle beneath the getaway helicopter, but the Chinook is hit by a missile and the burning chopper crashes off-screen. 

Finally, an MH-60 gunship picks up the task force chief from the roof-top. The rescue Black Hawk flies away, spraying chaff, but is soon downed and it crash lands in the street. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017



Directed by Stephen Chow, this Chinese fantasy rom-com features a Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri that chases a mermaid off the shore, and the airborne villainess fires a torpedo into the sea that blasts the heroine out of the water.   

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Code Of Honour


Starring Steven Seagal, this cop thriller has a Bell 206L LongRanger hovering at the first crime scene.

For the final showdown, FBI agents in a Eurocopter AS-365 Dauphin arrive to interrupt a roof-top fight at night.  

Friday, 3 November 2017

Precious Cargo


The featured helicopter in this crime thriller is a Bell 206-L LongRanger, which first appears as a cartoon version during the caper movie’s animated titles sequence. Later, through binoculars, a Black Hawk is seen airborne when the gang of thieves spy on a private airfield. 

Finally, the LongRanger arrives as the heroes’ getaway vehicle from a hotel roof-top. In the background of some poster artwork for this movie, there are two Russian Hind helicopters, but nothing like that appears on screen.

Saturday, 21 October 2017


COLONY (2016)

This TV sci-fi drama series is about an occupied state. 

In Gateway, the last episode of season one, a black AS-355 TwinStar lands at a crime scene to medevac the alien VIP just rescued from kidnappers. 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Assassin's Creed


Based on a game, this sci-fi action movie features an Agusta Westland AW-109, used by the villains as a getaway vehicle from their HQ in Madrid. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Vigilante Diaries


One scene in this Tarantino styled actioner includes a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star hovering over Los Angeles. A rescue mission begins with the diversion of a toy quad-copter used as a flying bomb. 

Later, a Robinson R-44 Clipper II lands at an airfield to pick up a mobster and his girlfriend. Another Robinson R-44 and a Huey are seen parked outside the aircraft hanger.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Dr Strange

Marvel’s remake of the modern magician’s debut has a Sikorsky S-76. 

The helicopter is frozen, along with a lightning flash, in the night sky of New York, when time stops for the astral forms to ponder eternity and mortality. 

Monday, 25 September 2017



This sci-fi disaster movie is a belated yet epic sequel that includes a scene with three Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks taking off from a hospital’s roof-top heli-pad in Washington D.C. 

There’s also a ‘Marine One’ presidential flight using advanced technology, so it’s not actually a helicopter. During the alien attack, this machine fails to save a woman from a collapsing building.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Kill Command


British shoot ’em up against military robots, this low-budget actioner boasts twin co-axial rotor-craft as troop transports like a futuristic Osprey copter, with articulated legs for VTOL anywhere. This vehicle is used to fly a small team on a training mission to an island battle zone. 

There are twin-rotor mini-drones, deployed for surveillance in the woods, that flap around the soldiers. At the movie’s end, the big transport flight returns to pick-up survivors.      

Wednesday, 30 August 2017



This live-action sequel movie features a Bell 427 chasing the police convoy. The chopper uses a magnet to pull the top off a prison van and free a convict. 

The low-flying helicopter also evades a net launched by the heroes, while the villain escapes through a teleportation portal. 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Hologram For The King


This comedy drama, about an American salesman (Tom Hanks) in Saudi Arabia, features a Bell 430 flight, and a couple of Bell 205 transports in a scene where the Arabian king arrives in Jeddah.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hard Target 2

HARD TARGET 2 (2016)

This action-packed sequel by Roel Reine is a tribute movie to John Woo, maker of the original Hard Target (1993). The movie features a Eurocopter EC-135P-2 as the villain’s helicopter, that hovers above the penthouse of a tower block in Bangkok, before flying the hero to a military camp in the jungle. 

In the climax, the EC-135 returns with gun-men aboard, tracking the hero’s stolen speedboat down the River Kwai. After some low-flying stunts, the helicopter drops off some bad guys on a bridge at the border.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


The BFG (2016)

Steven Spielberg’s live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant book is a fantasy adventure with military helicopters following BFG to mythical ‘giant country’. 

Troops capture the rogue giants in haulage nets so that six Boeing Chinooks and three Sikorsky Skycranes can air-lift the monsters away to an uninhabited island.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Operation Mekong


This Asian actioner features a red Bell 429 GlobalRanger landing next to a Eurocopter EC-135, that’s parked in a jungle clearing with another EC-135, and a yellow AS-350B3e A-Star. The movie also includes a mini-copter drone spying on street activity.

Later, there’s a flying stunt with a man dangling on a rope from the A-Star swooping over the jungle.

The climactic assault begins with the GlobalRanger and two EC-135 choppers, taking off with police troops aboard on a mission to capture the chief villain. 

The Bell 429 and the A-Star are used to pick-up the heroes, while the yellow EC-135 helicopter is tracking a speed-boat chase. 

The chopper swoops down to drop a rope and hoist up the heroes, and the injured villain, but enemy gunfire forces it to withdraw from the scene before the rescue is complete.