It seems like 84 years ago, but Netflix launched a real offensive to take the ambitious Border Operation on the front lines of 2019, in an attempt to present its subscribers with a brucutus à la meeting The Expendables in compressed version for the small screens.
JC Chandor’s feature film, however, had a meager audience and lukewarm reception by a large part of the public and critics, precisely because, in fact, it was an average film. The failure put in check the production of a sequel, but not the desire to bring a quality “Major Sunday” to the platform. So why not bet big on another project and recruit names, let’s say, more inspiring to fulfill the mission?
Based on the comics city, the plot of Rescue, a new film from Netflix, exempts itself from any narrative complexity and shows a fearless mercenary who aims to rescue the son of an influential Bangladeshi criminal. The young hostage is the target of a dispute that involves more interested parties in his possession, dragging the entire city to the bullshit. And it’s the entire city.
Legendary stuntman Sam Hargrave is the guy at the helm, having Captain America: Civil War, atomic, Hunger Games, among other blockbusters in his IMDb record. However, who takes the spotlight for themselves are the Russian Brothers, commanding production and script. They were responsible for giving life to Avengers: Infinite War and Ultimatum. Only.
In essence, Rescue is a mixture of rambo with John Wick, Jason Bourne and another handful of movies from the 1980s and 1990s, without giving up the frenetic Bollywood action. The stereotypes are there: the call of duty (which comes from the helicopter), the unbridled killing, the hardships of an unresolved past, the juggling facets to kill targets, the Asian afternoon setting, whose beauty hides a hostile underworld dominated by banditry, and so on.
It leaves aside a conceptual plot to focus on extremely well-choreographed and exciting action sequences, from the sharp montage of fights to the intuitive camera play that cleans up every fight. There’s a special moment in a sequel that is just fabulous and holds the attention from end to end. The production as a whole hits the nail on the head when the focus is on a mess in Bangladesh.
Thor Odinson, better known as Chris Hemsworth in real life, technically plays himself in the film, although that’s what is expected of the actor due to the strong marketing based on his image. His partner, played by newcomer Rudhraksh Jaiswal, struggles with some success to create the emotional bond between the two.
Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) is restricted to the mission and distribute some shots here and there, with David Harbor (Stranger Things), which has the same task and could have been put to better use. The ruthless villain, the rival mercenary who so soon becomes an ally, the incorruptible right-hand man—among other such buzzwords—are there in the presence of Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpai, Pankaj Tripathi, and large supporting cast.
Rescue it is audiovisual escapism in its purest essence. Hargrave’s production is capable of entertaining with stunning action sequences and enhanced by the sepia beauty of South Asia. The abject plot and the obviousness of the brucutu genre are left aside and voila: shot, beating, and bespoke bomb in the Netflix subscriber’s quarantine.
Text written by Fabrício Calixto de Oliveira via Nexperts.