Review: Default, 2014, dir. Simon Brand


“Action cinema tends to elect its bogeymen based on current world events. In True Lies, America fought against Palestinian terrorists. In 2008, John Rambo brought down a brutal Burmese military regime almost singlehandedly. Most recently, The November Man and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit took on Russian oligarchs and generals. But there’s a more widespread trend in screen villainy than the rise of Putin surrogates, and it ties all the way back to the success of Captain Phillips: the Somali pirate, featured in films ranging from Fishing Without Nets to Last Hijack, and now to Simon Brand’s found-footage thriller Default.” – Via Movie Mezzanine


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