Known for providing their wealthy clients with whatever footage it takes to sell a product--even if it means kayaking over a 110-foot waterfall or dangling by a harness from a helicopter--advertising executive Jeffrey, director Ian and cameraman Will agree to make a seemingly impossible commercial for a new digital video camera. Their mission: to show three expert skiers outrunning an avalanche. Heading for the Austrian Alps with beautiful downhill gold medallist Chloe, wild-child snowboarder Kittie and 19-year-old overall daredevil Silo, the film crew sets up in an unfinished resort perched 12,000 feet atop a mountain in the Austrian Karawanken Range on the border of Yugoslavia. But they are not alone. Serbian war criminal Pavle, who recently faked his death in a plane crash, is hiding out with his exotic girlfriend Yana, his son Slavko and a gang of terrorists determined to complete their horrible mission--even if it means murdering anyone who gets in the way.
Another wholly unnecessary addition to the growing, moldering pile of, well, extreme stunt pictures, "Extreme Ops" mostly follows Ian (Rufus Sewell), a director of commercials who is off to a spectacular snowy locale to make an advertisement for a video camera, the Avalanche. Ian's partner, Jeffrey (Rupert Graves), who wears Burberry-tartan loafers, decides they will shoot the spot in an actual avalanche. If "Extreme Ops" has anything going for it — and believe me, that's one of the bigger ifs in movie history — then that would be the stunt work. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-11-28 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Extreme Ops