Condor’s Nest: Review
Will Spalding (Jacob Keohane) was a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War Two. Nearly ten years later, his dreams still haunt him when he thinks about the atrocities that were committed right in front of his very eyes. In particular an incident where his entire squad were killed right in front of him by Colonel Martin Bach (Arnold Vosloo) and Spalding has made it his personal duty to avenge those deaths.
Travelling to South America, Will meets a variety of people who may lead him in the right direction including Leyna Rahn (Corinne Britti) who is on a vengeful path of her own. However, along the way Will finds himself making difficult decisions and uneasy alliances to finally bring down his target.
Condor’s Nest is a World War Two drama written and directed by Phil Blattenberger. Taking inspiration from the war movies from the 60’s and 70’s, Condor’s Nest comes across as more of a fun adventure rather than a stark reminder of what happened during the world’s darkest hour. Setting up its villain and hero quite quickly, the action then takes Will around the world in order to find his man. Although it’s quite clear that the budget can’t stretch to those locations.
More Inglorious Basterds than Saving Private Ryan, Condor’s Nest wants to give its audience an experience where the good guys win single-handedly while the villains shrivel away like cowards. However, the problem is that Condor’s Nest takes itself a little more seriously than perhaps it should do.
Keohane in the lead is perfectly fine and whereas his costumes may evoke the best of Harrison Ford’s characters, it’s just a shame that his performance can not. Also, the movie could have done with a little humour amongst all the hard-bitten broodiness of its villains and a little variety in locations and scenes wouldn’t have gone amiss.
It turns out that there can be one too many scenes where somebody is tied to a chair and interrogated and it would have been nice if the filmmakers realised this.
Those interested in the genre may like a modern production of the type of movie they just don’t make anymore, but that’s where the novelty value stops. The finale may be satisfying and give everything they may want, but the build up could have been more impactful.
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