Interceptor – Film Review

Director: Matthew Reilly

Writers: Matthew Reilly and Stuart Beattie

Starring: Elsa Pataky, Luke Bracey, Aaron Glenane, Mayen Mehta, Rhys Muldoon, Beline Jombwe, Marcus Johnson, Colin Friels, and Zoe Carides

Rating: ★½

Interceptor is about the threat of a nuclear attack on America and the ways that would stopped. It stars Elsa Pataky as Captain J.J. Collins who is being stationed at SBZ-1, an interceptor base in the middle of the sea that has one mission; to stop a nuclear missile if it’s fired towards America. There are two interceptor bases, with the other being Alaska, which is quickly taken over by terrorists, leaving SBZ-1 as the only operating base during an attack.

Sixteen nukes have been stolen from Russia by a terrorist group who want to destroy major cities in America, after they have also taken down the Alaskan base they quickly turn to the remaining base, with Captain Collins as the last line of defence for the base after the terrorists start to take control. She holds out in the control room, with the door locked as Alexander Kessel (Luke Bracey) attempts to get in. She has told hold out ninety minutes for reinforcements to arrive.

The set-up for this film could be good as a tense action thriller, but it just isn’t. It’s so dumb, that it’s only worth watching because it falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. The whole thing just gets increasingly stupid, with annoying characters, poor acting, as it progresses towards its inevitable finale. The motive for the terrorists trying to destroy America to build a better America is dumb.  

The bad guts make bad decisions that lets Captain Collins get the upper hand, quite a few times. They don’t kill her when they get the chance, multiple times. At one point her dad is being tortured, that obviously tests her limits with keeping the door locked, but instead of continuing the torturing they straight out kill him, giving away any leverage they had.

Interceptor is a laughably bad film, that even a cameo from Chris Hemsworth (one of the only good bits) can’t save. The acting is poor, the characters don’t act logically, and the whole plot is over-the-top and takes away from the tension. It’s really not worth watching.  

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About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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1 Response to Interceptor – Film Review

  1. David says:

    “so bad it’s good”, except it’s not good, it’s just bad.


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