Sunday, 26 May 2019

Adventurers

THE ADVENTURERS (2017) 

Stephen Fung’s crime thriller begins with a freed convict (Andy Lau), who evades the police following him by escaping in an AS-350. 



The anti-hero parachutes from the A-Star over France. 


After the heist, an EC-135 lands on a cliff-top for the showdown.


No helicopters are shot down in this movie as suggested by artwork for some posters. 



The A-Star also features in adverts and promo videos for this movie. 


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Fast & Furious 8

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (aka: Fast & Furious 8, 2017) 

This action movie is part of a franchise about street racers turned heroes. 


During the climactic sequence, an AS-350 gunship with Russian air force markings takes off in pursuit of the hero’s car. 



An EMP knocks down the A-Star, and it crashes on the dockside. 



Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Inferno: Skyscraper Escape

INFERNO: SKYSCRAPER ESCAPE (aka: Crystal Inferno, 2017) 

A European disaster movie, about a burning tower, this features an Agusta A-109K2 that lands on the building’s heli-pad to save two executives. 




The escaping chopper is caught in the blast from an explosion, so it spins out of control and crash-lands in street. 





A Bell 212 in Twin Huey flying stunts for DVD cover artwork does not appear in the movie. 


Thursday, 9 May 2019

American Made

AMERICAN MADE (2017) 

A comedy-drama set in the 1980s, this movie is based on a true story about a former airline pilot who becomes a smuggler.

There’s a Eurocopter AS-350B2 flying over jungle to land at a secret camp. 


Nitpicking criticism of American Made includes the amusing anachronism of a company website address painted on the side of the A-Star, although the WWW did not exist until the 1990s.  


There’s also a Bell 212 hovering about during a police raid.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

12 Strong

12 STRONG (aka: 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers, 2018) 

This war movie is about a US task force in Afghanistan. 


An MH-47 Chinook takes off from ‘K2’ military base, captioned “97 miles” from the Afghan border. 



A low flying UH-60 Black Hawk buzzes over army tents on the base. 




A Chinook transport is escorted by two Black Hawks, during a high altitude flight above the clouds, landing to drop off troops in the desert. 



After the final battle, a Chinook swoops into land on the battle-field for a medevac flight. 


With a Black Hawk escort, a Chinook lands in Uzbekistan, bringing the troops back to base. 


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Darkest Minds

THE DARKEST MINDS (2018) 

This sci-fi movie is about psychic kids becoming heroes. 


A pair of Chinook transports fly over the prison camp.




In a night raid, two Osprey tilt-rotors hover above the kids’ hide-out, where attacking troops and mutants slide down ropes to the ground. 



When the heroine controls minds of the pilots, one of the Ospreys crashes into the ground, to crumple and explode on impact in a spectacular special effects sequence.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Magnum

MAGNUM P.I. (2018) 

This TV series is a remake of Magnum, P.I. (1980-8), about a detective in Hawaii.  



The first episode, I Saw The Sun Rise, includes an airborne stunt of a helicopter rescue, where the pilot ‘TC’ (Stephen Hill) flies a Hughes 500D painted to match the chopper in 1980s TV show's colours. 



Season one episode Bad Day To Be A Hero also has a recreation of the original show’s ‘Island Hopper’ with its doors off. 




There’s a helicopter chase in season finale The Day It All Came Together.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Man Who Killed Don Quixote

THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (2018) 

Terry Gilliam’s comedy adventure is inspired by Cervantes’ novel. 


A Spanish police MBB Bo-105 circles over a dump site in the desert. 


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Guardians Of The Tomb

GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB (2018) 

This Chinese-Australian co-production is a horror movie about deadly spiders. 


An AS-350 A-Star lands at the camp-site of an archaeological dig in the desert.