As the big voice, Tom Wilkinson contemplates the nature of psychopathy. Whether such a connected person is capable of love, we meet the Black Swans.
A ruthless private military organization led by Lewis Wilkinson and his two older children. Grace (Ruby Rose) is Lewis’ right-hand man – she’s cold, cunning, and ready to get wet. Ollie (Owen Yeoman).
Meanwhile, he is just a tyrant.
The swans arrive at a pipeline construction site near Tbilisi, Georgia. Where they are led by Clements (Andy Serkin). A slimy British military man with the ears of the Prime Minister.
To free a village that is blocking construction. The resulting massacre, recorded on tape, forced the government to admit its role in capturing geese or suppressing mercenaries. We also meet Special Air Service Operator Tom Buckingham (Sam Hugan of Outlander fame).
Who comes from privilege, is devoted to his regiment and loves Sophie (Hannah John-Kamen, Game of Thrones). Tom and Sophie take the Eurostar to Paris, where he plans to sell.
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But things go wrong in the Channel Tunnel when Grace and her Black Swan team hijack the train. Your demands? The prime minister publicly acknowledged his government’s role in the Georgia massacre or that Grace received a $500 million ransom.
Tom is free in the tunnels, playing cat and mouse with Swan’s followers. And communicating with his SAS pal Declan (Tom Hopper). As he searches for a way to get Sophie out, attack Grace, and possibly rescue the other hostages. (Honestly, he doesn’t seem to care about the hostages.)
And while Tom continues to sneak up on one of Grace’s seemingly endless supplies of villains, another aspect of their plot emerges that continues to blame Clements, the government, and Brit Gas. Do you remember that pipe in Georgia?
Well, the oil companies also have underground pipes in the canals. And Grace is the type of psychotherapist to blow it up. Even if Clements and the SAS assault team are in the spotlight, of course, they must foil only Tom Grace’s evil plans.
We look more like you than you think:
” Grace tells Tom as they stab and punch each other at the end of the film, and this is yet another moment when Rise of the Black Swan tries to add some substance to its standard plot to maintain.
And maybe Tom is a psychopath. Still, Sam Hugan’s blank stares and “inexplicable” scorn says nothing about the character’s motivations.
And where it ends, the film remains on the channel with a succession of impersonal death supporters, and Ruby Rose makes a threatening call to Andy Serkis on Skype. We understand that Grace is crazy – Rose got it right.
But “SAS: The Rise of the Black Swan” sank with many circles because it took forever to get involved in the Swan’s gruesome plot. There’s military feedback jargon — “Shut Target Recce,” “All Call Signs, I have Alpha,” “Sierra Red One,” blah blah blah blah — and none of this brings us any closer to who’s going to make the channel live.
Don’t let Tom Wilkinson’s presence fool you.
The veteran British actor appears here in a life-size extended cameo, who trusts Gravitas to take advantage of the mechanics of the action film Black Swan.
Rose gave Grace a sneaky series, but she couldn’t beat a weak script, and Sam Hugan seemed convincing enough to wield an assault rifle. Still, he never really gave Tom any fundamental ideas beyond the sketchy piercings of what it means to lead a life that’s full of life. Full of violence.
The representative part of the SAS: Rise of the Black Swan is only satisfying if you don’t pay much attention to it.
Outlander super fans may see Heughan in a contemporary setting. But SAS: Rise of the Black Swan is otherwise too action-packed as an action film to be worth it.