THE PLOT THUS FAR
An elite band of mercenaries is caught behind enemy lines and left for dead. When their mission leader escapes war torn Sector 4, he pledges to return, leaving “No One Left Behind.”
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Sector 4: Extraction” is an adventure movie about a team of mercenaries that are trying to escape the clutches of Al-Qaeda. If the movie had DLC and dumb dialogue, it could pass for any Call of Duty game. So, why can’t films like these find their way? People keep making them and somebody’s watching them. Does every film in the modern era have to play as a tribute to America’s unsung heroes? What happened to the olden days of WWII and Korean War movies where the War was just a backdrop for larger issues?
Military themed DTV movies are a dime a dozen. That being said, the uniform nature of the recent onslaught of Post Terrorism American War movies allows for gems to slip past our gaze. The film is a basic men on a mission movie that seemed really popular in the immediate decade following Vietnam. I guess the rise of POWs and heavily injured soldiers of the modern era allows for some sympathetic ties to emerge. No one on the team is that memorable, but you feel the thrust of the mission and why some will find it important. Honestly, I’m just enjoying it as a film scholar at the dawn of the 21st Century noting how so many subgenre tropes tend to recycle throughout the ages.
The DVD comes with a trailer gallery as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a DTV flick. The Dolby track is supportive with its surround design. However, the transfer feels flat. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 07/22/2014