Sister in Arms
During a mission in the Philippines U.S. Captain Amy Jennings (Theresa Randle) ends up being captured and held by a terrorist. On learning of Jennings captor General Frank Lewis (Rutger Hauer) orders his elite unit lead by Lt. Matt Daniels (Mark Dacascos) to rescue her from the terrorists. It's a dangerous mission and learn that planned action elsewhere may mean Jennings becoming a casualty of war, Refusing to accept this Lewis and his team continue their mission going deeper into danger to save their sister in arms.
You only need to read that synopsis for "The Hunt for Eagle One" to understand that there is little which isn't familiar about this movie. An elite team lead by a tough character head in to enemy territory on a rescue mission has been done so many times before that I have lost count of the number of movies I have watched which use it. And unfortunately whilst there is some nice camera work everything else is only average at best but more often than not forgettable.
The trouble with "The Hunt for Eagle One" it fails to be exciting, when Jennings helicopter crash lands there is no sense of drama or doom or at least enough to have you gripped by the unfolding drama. When Daniels and his team enter a seemingly abandoned shack only to discover a terrorist in an explosive waist coast the sense of danger never materialises. It's a shame as not only is it what this movie deserves but the fact it never feels like a corny, over the top action movie like those of the 80s.
What this all boils down to is that in some ways "The Hunt for Eagle One" is better than the majority of direct to DVD movies as the look is okay and the lack of cheese is a welcome surprise. But sadly the familiarity of the storyline combined with a lack of excitement make it mostly dull.