The film opens with a reckless claim: one percent of the world’s population is psychopath. It is even more difficult to find, they say, a psychopath that you love.
It is already known that mercenaries are everywhere, and on the screens of the cinemas, not to mention. In the United States, for example, where it premiered in March SAS: Rise of the Black Swan -which has nothing to do with another bird and another film, The Fall of the Black Hawk-, at the same time that it reached Internet platforms in other European countries.
Well, now on Netflix in South America we can see Sam Heughan (the series Outlander, the movie Bloodshot), Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black, Batwoman in the DC Comics series), Tom Hopper, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson between the good guys and the bad guys.
Sam Heughan (“Outlander”), the agent against the mercenary who makes up Ruby Rose (“Batwoman”). Netflix photo
Most are bad.
The film is based on a novel, the first in a trilogy, written by former English military man Andy McNab, who is said to have been tortured, and who knows firsthand about government flushes and dealings with mercenaries here and there.
The mercenaries capture the Eurostream, and more action is coming. Netflix photo
Like what the British Prime Minister does with the so-called Black Swans, a family military company. For example: a town in Georgia, Russia must be discouraged from allowing a gas pipeline to pass through. They can change the verb deter to massacre, which is what the Americans Lewis, Dad (Tom Wilkinson) and their children, their favorite Grace (Ruby Rose) and Oliver (Owain Yeoman) do.
But since a survivor manages to record everything on her cell phone, it is best to eliminate the Americans before they open their mouths.
Thomas is surnamed Buckingham. There must be a reason. Netflix photo
good’s and bad’s
And here comes the good old Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan), from a wealthy family, who before taking his doctor girlfriend (Hannah John-Kamen) to Paris to surprise her and ask her to marry her grandmother’s ring, makes use of his attributions as a soldier of the SAS of the title. But in an ambush they can’t find Grace or Oliver, but they do find the father.
Andy Serkis, who played Gollum and Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” saga. Netflix photo
A separate paragraph deserves a dialogue between the parent and his son, when they were in Georgia. “You do have shit instead of a brain,” he says, didactic and not very diplomatic.
Then they say that parents are not favoritism.
Tom Wilkinson, a two-time Oscar nominee. Not for this one. Netflix photo
Returning to Thomas – who for a reason bears that last name, Buckingham; You will see-, it is not going that in the same train, the Eurostream that crosses the Eurotunnel, he, his girlfriend who is a doctor for something and the fugitive Grace travels.
Enough of counting the plot, although it is still missing. And although for the Norwegian Magnus Martens the rhythm, the montage and the choreography of the fights are more important than the story itself.
No white handkerchief. Grace is wicked. Netflix photo
There is some sadism, tinged with humor – I would not know where to include the “Yes, you have m … instead of brain”, if as sadistic or humorous – military with terrible aim, infiltrators and several etceteras.
In short, you can see it from the armchair at home, having an ice cold beer or a coffee if you have two hours to do nothing.
“SAS: The Rise of the Black Swan”
Thriller / Action. United Kingdom, 2021. Original title: “SAS: Red Notice”, 124’, SAM 16. From: Magnus Martens. With: Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose, Tom Hopper, Andy Serkis y Tom Wilkinson. Available in: Netflix.