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

A column header designed for Night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews opinion from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “codename” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now my friends as you have learned, I love a good bloody action movie. I also love any superhero show made by the CW. So when I learned that Ruby Rose, former star of “Batwoman”, was set to play the villain in a little movie called “SAS: Rise of the Black Swan” my attention was peaked. Rose tends to be great in action movies. And this was no different.

The film tells the tale of Tom Buckingham, a ruthless but nevertheless honorable SAS operator. Buckingham decides to take his girlfriend on a train ride from London to Paris to propose to her. However, this just so happens to be the same train in which a rogue private military company known as the Black Swans decide to hijack. You see, the Swans engaged in a little massacre of a remote village in order for a British oil pipeline to be built as one often does. However, footage of this little stunt happens to get out and thus a Red Notice is sent out on them. Though after a botched arrest attempt which Buckingham was involved in, the leader of the Swans is killed with a few others escaping. Desperate and angry at those they felt betrayed them, the Swans seize control of the train putting themselves on a direct collision course with Buckingham who will have to summon his inner Ethan Hunt or this Red Notice will be served in his own blood.

The film stars Sam Heughan of “Outlander” fame who plays Buckingham. Hannah John-Kamen, known for such roles as Ava Starr/ Ghost in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and Dutch in “Killjoys”, plays the role of Dr. Sophie Hart, Buckingham’s girlfriend. Ruby Rose of “Batwoman” and “John Wick Chapter 2” plays Grace Lewis, the homicidal sociopathic acting leader of the Swans and main antagonist. Andy Serkis, likely best known for voicing Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, plays the part of George Clements, the utterly ruthless SAS commander.

The movie’s actually pretty good, the fights are intense and not just “oh-he-got-shot-in-the-head-intense” more “oh-god-she just-got-a-shard- of-glass-rammed-into-her-throat-intense.” Rose’s fight scenes are great per usual with her getting punched and slammed around with bone breaking force. I’d give this movie a solid six and a half torches out of 10. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a good action movie. Though fair warning, don’t go in expecting a whole bunch of self thought and substance, Shakespeare this is not.


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