Monday, 9 October 2017

Assassin's Creed

ASSASSIN’S CREED (2016)

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

VIGILANTE DIARIES (2016)

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

IDR

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016)



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

KILL COMMAND (2016) 


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

TMNT: OOTS

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (2016)



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

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (2016)



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

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.