... you are ever likely to see.
The genre is ... confused.
It is has simultaneously elements of a martial arts film, a spy film, a comedy, and a horror film.
For example, there is a lot of humor around and about the topic of North Korea. Being from the west, I was not even aware that this was a bountiful source of material for comedy, but the screenwriter clearly saw the matter differently, and wrote jokes accordingly.
The shifts in mood & tone are unpredictable, and that is not necessarily a good thing.
A North Korean officer runs into the barracks only to find one of the soldiers reading a porn magazine. So he takes out a gun and shoots him in the head. In an adjoining scene a captured spy is being tortured by having his intestines removed while he is still alive.
Not quite as funny, that second bit..
All this takes getting some used to.
Nor does it help that the protagonist, the hero, speaks English with an odd accent. Now, in fairness, Jean Claude Van Damme did the same thing at the beginning of HIS career but I somehow doubt that Sedina Balde is about to follow in Van Damme's footsteps. More likely, he is simply going to be a bottom-tier action hero with an annoying accent.
The director TRIES. Boy does he try. There is a scene where simultaneous fights are taking place on two contiguous floors of the same building and I swear the camera angle actually inverts (goes upside down) to prepare the viewer for what comes next.
That is a very cool scene, perhaps the highlight of the film. Seriously cool.
Other directors will see it and copy it. It's THAT good.
Unfortunately, it comes near the half way point and its is all downhill from there.
------------------------------------------------------- PS added 11-12-14. Noticed 4 new reviews added, all rating this film at the level of THE MATRIX or GODFATHER, all by reviewers with only one single review in their IMDb profile. Make of this what you will.
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A captured bounty hunter is promised his freedom if he can break several prisoners out of a North Korean military stronghold.
IMDB: 2.76 Likes
The Synopsis for Covert Operation (2014) 1080p
Gabriel is promised his freedom in return for his service in a rescue operation to save a missing British operative. When Gabriel is captured and taken to the compound where his target and several others are being held, he must devise a plan to take on the entire North Korean military installation and get everyone to safety.
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The Reviews for Covert Operation (2014) 1080p
One of the Most Ambitious B Movies....Reviewed byA_Different_DrummerVote: 6/10
... you are ever likely to see.
Seydina Baldé is a better actor than Barak "I'm-not-a-communist!"Obama.
He can swing a karate chop faster than Obama can sign an ExecutiveOrder.
Since being a natural born American citizen is no longer required,Seydina should run for U.S. President!
What a great movie!
If Seydina were the American President, he could cut our taxes becausehe could defend himself.
We wouldn't have to waste taxpayer-dollars on a Secret Service thatvisits whorehouses, allows psychos to hop the White House fence orallows armed, disgruntled nut jobs onto the same elevator as thePresident.
Seydina could defend himself!
And if he disagreed with a Republican member of Congress, well he couldjust karate chop them across the throat.
Done, end of conversation.
Seydina is the bomb! He is the best!
This picture is really weird. Filmed in France? I think it was supposedto be an action packed thriller. For me it was also a comedy. I laughedout loud several times. The plot has so many holes, worse than a Swisscheese. The acting was meh, the dialogue was written by Yogi Berrasitting on the toilet and eating crackers. The main bad guy was alsoalways uptight. He was a caricature of what a western person mightthink of an Asian evil dude. You could tell the hero was a professionalmartial artist. He was really good, the fight scenes were OK, but alsocontributed to the comedy. You know, the unwritten law that only oneman at a time can attack the hero even though he is surrounded by 16martial arts guys.
Yet still I liked it. I gave it a seven.. I'm easy