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

BFG

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

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. 


Monday, 24 July 2017

Dead Rising 2

DEAD RISING: ENDGAME (2016)

This action thriller with zombies is a sequel movie to Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015). In a montage for the movie’s title sequence, there is a video library clip of an AS-350 A-Star in flight. 


For the climactic escape from a quarantine zone, a Eurocopter AS-355 TwinStar is the heroes’ getaway vehicle. In a gory stunt, one zombie is beheaded by the helicopter’s whirling rotor blades.    


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.  


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mechanic: Resurrection


MECHANIC: RESURRECTION (2016)

This action movie sequel includes a Eurocopter AS-350B3 A-Star that lands on the bad guy’s motor yacht, moored near Bangkok.
 
 

Later, there’s a Bell 206 JetRanger flying over Sydney harbour where the hero jumps down 60 feet from the hovering helicopter into the sea.
 

 
Finally, in Bulgaria, a hospital medevac EC-145 helicopter is used by the hero, who sneaks aboard the flight to reach the heli-pad of his target’s bunker hideout.
 
 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016)

In this action movie sequel, about a team of mutant superheroes, a Sikorsky S-61N Silver is the featured helicopter. This big transport arrives at Xavier’s school just after the building has been demolished by an explosion.


Some of the kids are kidnapped, but three more teleport into the helicopter’s cargo cabin, as the bad guys fly to a secret military base, where the helicopter enters the complex through a tunnel in the mountainside.



One of the bad guys uses the same helicopter to escape in when his plans are ruined by pesky kids, and captured mutants break out of their prison cells.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

5th Wave

THE 5th WAVE (2016)
In this sci-fi movie about an invasion by mysterious aliens, we see a fleet of school buses arriving at the military base, where a Cobra and a Huey are parked outside of a hanger, and another Huey flies overhead.


Later, a Huey flies a squad of kids into action against the bad guys, and the helicopter returns to pick up a survivor.


When a rebel saboteur’s bombs destroy the base, a pair of Black Hawk transports get airborne to evacuate the commander.



A gun-man aboard one of the Black Hawks shoots down at the young heroes who are trying to escape.

The 5th Wave is reviewed on VideoVista.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Midnight Special

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (2016)


This sci-fi mystery adventure is a road movie that features an FBI transport (a Eurocopter AS-350) used by agents to reach the site of a satellite crash.


Later, two A-Star helicopters appear at the road block.



A UH-60 Black Hawk joins the police and army's search for a psychic boy, and there are other Black Hawks (all CGI work) seen flying in the distance during later scenes.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

London Has Fallen

LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016)
This sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) has a few good helicopter scenes. 


First, there’s a Metropolitan police Eurocopter EC-145 hovering over the city.


During the security prep and British police briefing, there’s a brief shot of helicopters in silhouette, flying in formation.


Arriving in Britain, the US president is flown into London by the Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk and its two decoy helicopters.



After the initial terrorist attacks, POTUS and his bodyguard escape across London to reach the helicopters but, even when he's airborne, the president is still not safe.

When a missile strike destroys one of the choppers, and a second is forced into a sacrifice position to intercept another missile when the flights all run out of flares.


In addition to destroying several of London’s landmarks, the special effects for this movie include White Hawk helicopters attacked by terrorists.

Eventually, the US President’s helicopter flight ‘Marine One’ is shot down by a missile and crashes in a field.