Release date: May 26, 2022 (Australia), June 3, 2022 (Worldwide)
Language: English
Director: Matthew Reilly
Genre: Action drama film
Cast: Elsa Pataky, Mayen Mehta, Marcus Johnson, Luke Bracey, Rhys Muldoon, Colin Friels, Aaron Glenane, Belinda Jombwe, Zoe Carides.
Cinematography: Ross Emery
Producer: Michael Boughen, Matthew Street, Stuart Beattie
Production: Ambience Entrainment, Foryor Entrainment
Starring: Elsa Pataky, Luke Bracey
Country: Australia

The film interceptor is about terrorists who want to launch a nuclear attack on the United States with stolen missiles. When the terrorist attack a remote offshore missile interceptor that could stop their missiles, an officer (Elsa Pataky) defends the facility with courage.

Elsa Pataky as an Army Captain JJ Collins is in charge of a lone nuclear missile interceptor base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When the simultaneous base attack threatens the base itself, Collins comes face-to-face with Alexander Kessel (Luke Bracey). Alexander is a former US military intelligence officer.

Interceptor is an American –Australian action drama film distributed by Netflix. Mathew Reilly along with Stuart Beattie started writing the screenplay for the movie in 2017. The Interceptor trailer was released on 4 May 2022 on Netflix. The movie had an average rating of 4.9/10 with 44% of 32 critics’ reviews being positive. While some of the critics were of the view that the movie had truly bad acting and inane dialogue calling it a waste of time.

Elsa Pataky’s performance as a military officer is commendable. Her dialogue delivery was laudable, as incredulous as they were. It was good to see a female actor as a lead in an action movie as most of the time we see a male actor in an action movie as the main lead.

Luke Bracey as the main villain is not given a lot of work in terms of dialogue and character motivation, yet he manages to exude the sliminess and wretchedness that we can expect from B-movie’s bad guy.

But sadly, the storytelling is a bit of a jumble as it moves from the initial terrorist attack through to the utterly peculiar climactic standoff. There is no plot logic to be found. The dialogues are clunky and full of clichés as if the script was written back in the 90s. The movie comes across as old-fashioned and stale as it goes through the motions. The fight choreography is flat, especially in the climax.

Interceptor is not set up as one with a lot of twists and turns, so becomes an exercise in execution. Full of plot holes and harmlessly eccentric, the film almost takes itself too seriously. If you are looking for something with brains as well as brawn, then you are going to be disappointed.

The movie is not that good but still watchable if you can forgive the narrative flaws. The film did touch on the topic of gender politics and sexual harassment, the director tends to skirt over the seriousness of these topics in favour of hand-to-hand combat scenes and moments of athletic power.

Director, Mathew Reilly has managed to take some inventive action scenes. The fun cameo of Chris Hemsworth has given the movie credibility.