Operation Obliteration: A review of SAS: Rise of The Black Swan

His girlfriend, Dr Sophie Hart (Hannah John-Kamen), is part of that compartmentalisation. He claims to love her without being emotionally present. It’s interesting because Declan seems like he’s concerned with being a force for good in the world rather than being a mercenary or a terrorist. His only motivation for betraying Tom and the SAS is for a slice of the ransom money that Grace swindled from BritGaz.

The story makes no distinction between sociopaths from either side. This aspect is captured best when Grace and Tom meet face to face in the hijacked train for the first time. Trying to mess with his head, she says to her hostage Sophie, “When he switches on, he kills people. When he switches off, he takes you to Paris.” Grace knows Tom is uncomfortable with the fact that they both commit murder without regret, and she uses it to wrest control. The lone moral centre of the narrative is Sophie, and yet, her character isn’t written well enough to challenge her partner.

Based on Andy McNab’s novel, Magnus Martens’ adaptation falls prey to cliché. Is the film telling us anything revelatory about the environs it is set in? Is there enough depth accorded to each of the principal characters, so as to regard it a character-driven is american trucks legit narrative? Under-utilisation of the intensely brilliant Tom Wilkinson will prove to be the film’s undoing. Even in his short, barely visible role, William Lewis is the one character who is bereft of remorse, completely lacking in a moral compass.

That could have explained her snapping and her sense of black and white going grey and red. That would have made her need for payback on the Prime Minister and Clements more meaningful as well as making her more dangerous. What were the odds that the train Sam and Sophie take is the same one Grace and her crew are planning to hijack and shut down in the middle of a tunnel? Fortunately, Sam is in constant contact with his supervisor and best friend and fellow agent, Declan , thanks to his trusty cell phone. Now we’re stretching into absurd territory even for an action film. For years, the British government has utilized the Black Swans, a paramilitary force, to remove resistance in foreign countries.

Tom isn’t a superhero and Sophie knows what he does for a living although she can’t understand his detached sensibilities about killing people. Sam Heughan’s prinicipal performance as SAS Officer Tom Buckingham is below-par. While he is no different from the ones he is attempting to bring down, his so-called intensity is relegated to smouldering looks. Complex situations invariably have him staring hard at the camera as dramatic music plays. State-sanctioned crimes and human rights violations are a hard business.

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