Sunday, 14 January 2018

Emerald City


Directed by visual stylist Tarsem Singh, this TV fantasy series based on The Wizard Of Oz begins with episode The Beast Forever, featuring a robot helicopter machine cruising over the sea.

The final episode There’s No Place Like Home has squadrons of copter drones, a sci-fi version of the ‘flying monkeys’, that swarm into the sky where they spell out the name ‘Ozma’ for the city’s estranged princess.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

American Assassin

This action movie features a US navy Bell 412 rescue flight arriving at the villain’s hide-out.

The military helicopter chases a speed-boat and hoists the hero to safety just before a nuclear bomb explodes underwater.

Although the Bell 412 is caught in the blast wave, the chopper’s pilot regains control and so the spinning helicopter does not crash into the sea.

Some poster artwork features Black Hawk helicopters that don’t appear in the movie.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Contract To Kill


This B-movie thriller, starring Steven Seagal, is a good example of using drone helicopters, on screen, in action cinema. 

It first appears with an assault rifle attached, remote piloted in gunship mode to attack a parked car.

Fitted with a video camera, the eight armed rotor-craft is re-deployed for a surveillance mission, flying outside a hotel in Istanbul.

The copter follows the crooks’ car and lands in the street.

Later, the drone takes a night flight and lands on the pavement.