Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Purge: Election Year


This sci-fi thriller includes a sequence with the villain’s team of mercenaries airborne in a futuristic gunship (digital visual effects) flying to attack the heroine’s ambulance van on the night streets of Washington D.C.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Call Up

THE CALL UP (2016)
This sci-fi action movie, about virtual war-games, has a Mil Mi-24 Hind (in a digital visual effects scene) that flies by the upper floors of a building, and then turns away to cruise over the ruined city. 

The helicopter gunship re-appears hovering just outside a window. Later, helicopter wreckage is found by the gamers just outside a doorway.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Deepwater Horizon

Peter Berg’s suspenseful disaster movie is based on a true story. 

At Bristow heli-port, we see an airborne Bell 407 and an Agusta Westland AW-139 surrounded by several helicopters parked on concrete pads.

The morning flight has a Sikorsky S-92A carrying crew to the oil-rig. The big transport suffers a bird strike before landing safely at the off-shore location.

After the explosions, a US Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin is the first rescue flight to reach the burning platform. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Made in the UK, this Hollywood sci-fi action thriller features an Agusta Westland AW-109E Power (G-EMHC) flying a convict (Kevin Costner) from prison to an RAF base in Dover.

Later, there are two Westland Apache gunships on patrol over another British city.

The spy chief (Gary Oldman) takes a Eurocopter AS-355 TwinStar (G-XLLL from Excel charter) flight over London to follow a van-load of Russian agents, and the helicopter lands in the grounds of a university.

This Twin-Star takes off again to pursue the hero who is driving a stolen ambulance to a small air-field for the final shoot-out.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Day Of Reckoning


This sci-fi horror begins with a montage of apocalyptic scenes that include a pair of Black Hawk gunships and two Mil Mi-24 Hind choppers in brief CGI shots of aerial combat against swarms of flying creatures. 

There’s also a couple of U.N. helicopters, a Russian Mil Mi-17 Hip transport and a Bell 212 Twin Huey, in a brief stock-footage shot.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Central Intelligence


This comedy action movie includes a Bell 427 that lands in the grounds of a school for the heroes to attend a class reunion party.  

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mechanic: Resurrection


This action movie sequel includes a Eurocopter AS-350B3 A-Star that lands on the bad guy’s motor yacht, moored near Bangkok.

Later, there’s a Bell 206 JetRanger flying over Sydney harbour where the hero jumps down 60 feet from the hovering helicopter into the sea.

Finally, in Bulgaria, a hospital medevac EC-145 helicopter is used by the hero, who sneaks aboard the flight to reach the heli-pad of his target’s bunker hideout.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

X-Men: Apocalypse


In this action movie sequel, about a team of mutant superheroes, a Sikorsky S-61N Silver is the featured helicopter. This big transport arrives at Xavier’s school just after the building has been demolished by an explosion.

Some of the kids are kidnapped, but three more teleport into the helicopter’s cargo cabin, as the bad guys fly to a secret military base, where the helicopter enters the complex through a tunnel in the mountainside.

One of the bad guys uses the same helicopter to escape in when his plans are ruined by pesky kids, and captured mutants break out of their prison cells.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

5th Wave

THE 5th WAVE (2016)
In this sci-fi movie about an invasion by mysterious aliens, we see a fleet of school buses arriving at the military base, where a Cobra and a Huey are parked outside of a hanger, and another Huey flies overhead.

Later, a Huey flies a squad of kids into action against the bad guys, and the helicopter returns to pick up a survivor.

When a rebel saboteur’s bombs destroy the base, a pair of Black Hawk transports get airborne to evacuate the commander.

A gun-man aboard one of the Black Hawks shoots down at the young heroes who are trying to escape.

The 5th Wave is reviewed on VideoVista.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Midnight Special


This sci-fi mystery adventure is a road movie that features an FBI transport (a Eurocopter AS-350) used by agents to reach the site of a satellite crash.

Later, two A-Star helicopters appear at the road block.

A UH-60 Black Hawk joins the police and army's search for a psychic boy, and there are other Black Hawks (all CGI work) seen flying in the distance during later scenes.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

London Has Fallen

This sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) has a few good helicopter scenes. 

First, there’s a Metropolitan police Eurocopter EC-145 hovering over the city.

During the security prep and British police briefing, there’s a brief shot of helicopters in silhouette, flying in formation.

Arriving in Britain, the US president is flown into London by the Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk and its two decoy helicopters.

After the initial terrorist attacks, POTUS and his bodyguard escape across London to reach the helicopters but, even when he's airborne, the president is still not safe.

When a missile strike destroys one of the choppers, and a second is forced into a sacrifice position to intercept another missile when the flights all run out of flares.

In addition to destroying several of London’s landmarks, the special effects for this movie include White Hawk helicopters attacked by terrorists.

Eventually, the US President’s helicopter flight ‘Marine One’ is shot down by a missile and crashes in a field.

Thursday, 13 April 2017



Yet another superhero movie based on a Marvel comics character, this comedy features a Sikorsky S-61N transport that lands at an isolated airfield. The big helicopter takes off again when the bad guys have finished their business deal.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Captain America 3


This superhero movie in the Disney & Marvel studios franchise has a few helicopter scenes.

After the bomb attack in Vienna, there's an Agusta-Westland AW-109 medevac flight seen above the damaged U.N. building.

When a GSG 9 squad hunt down ‘Winter Soldier’ Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, an AW-109 gunship delivers aerial support, while heroes are fighting on a flat roof-top. Flying superhero Falcon kicks the helicopter’s tail boom and spins it away from attack position.

The same gunship returns to strafe the street when fugitive Bucky tries to escape. We also see the AW-109 fly over the scene where Captain America is arrested.

In the Berlin breakout sequence, Bucky steals a German police chopper (a blue Eurocopter AS-350) for his escape attempt.

However, in a roof-top stunt, Steve Rogers prevents this getaway flight, using his brute strength to grab the landing skid and pull the helicopter back down.

It’s a clever blending of CGI stunt work and studio props for live-action filming.

At the Leipzig airport, there’s another AS-350 parked on the concrete. Captain America walks towards the A-Star, but Iron Man disables the helicopter with an electric device.

Other AW-109 helicopters are seen in the background, but less visible, during this climactic battle. 

Tony Stark uses a private Bell 429 GlobalRanger to fly out to sea and rendezvous with the Raft prison.

After visiting inmates in the cells, Stark returns to his auto-piloted GlobalRanger, leaves the submarine base, and then Iron Man launches from the helicopter.