Movie Review – SEAL Patrol (2014)

SEAL Patrol
Directed by Nicolas Mezzanatto
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: February 11, 2014

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If you read the title of this film and assumed it was going to deal with Navy SEALs in combat or something similar, you are not alone; I, too, assumed the same. And when I read the plot synopsis below, I was even more certain I was on the right path. But wow…was I wrong! The plot of this film somewhat resembles the description, but there’s so much more to it as well. The title SEAL PATROL may sound generic, but it’s an entertaining flick with some nice gore and even an intriguing science-fiction/horror storyline to go with it!

If you are not familiar with SEAL PATROL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

In an effort to capitalize on tactics learned in the elite special unit known as the Navy SEALs, Navy veteran Lewis Locke forms a private team of ex-military contractors hired to extract “high-value assets” worldwide. What follows is a mission these war veterans will never forget.

This is the plot description from the back of the DVD case. Very vague, right? I agree…but it piqued my interest nonetheless. But check out how the Lionsgate website describes the storyline:

After losing contact with a clandestine energy-research facility, a powerful venture capitalist contracts an elite team of operatives to retrieve the physicist who holds the key to an unprecedented alternate energy source. Upon arrival, the operatives are ambushed by an extra-dimensional creature that has mutilated the onsite personnel. The team must develop a new brand of warfare if there is to be any hope of making it out alive.

Sounds a hell of a lot better, right? Yeah, I thought so, too. Interestingly enough, I didn’t read this until after I had started watching the movie. Needless to say, my mouth started watering, and I watched the film with renewed interest.

I’m always intrigued when a production company gives their film a name that has nothing to do with the movie itself, though. And yes, SEAL PATROL is one of those films. I’m not sure why they chose to name it so, because the group in this film are no longer in the military, nor is there any mention of them being SEALS prior to their current station (as private contractor operatives). Granted, they are obviously Spec Ops of some sort, and one of them is a Brit. But there are SO many other titles the film company could have used.

All of that aside, SEAL PATROL is a lot of fun. It is shot fairly well, especially so for being a low budget film, and the acting is pretty solid as well. I particularly enjoyed Rich McDonald, who is basically the main character in the film. I am only familiar with one of his prior works, as a Mason on the Call of Duty: Black Ops II video game, but he gives a great performance and is very believable as a Spec Ops operator.

The special effects in the film are pretty good well. There’s some very nice gore here and there, including an excellent shot of a bloody torso that has had its head torn in half; the only visible ‘clear’ evidence of the head is a single tooth that is still stuck in the jaw. Excellent visual. My complaint about the effects, however, is that the creature is primarily CG. The graphics are pretty good, but you can still definitely tell it’s animation.

But even that complaint is not enough to sink SEAL PATROL. I give this movie a thumbs up and recommend giving it a look. Don’t expect a massive Michael Bay-type budget, but be prepared to be entertained nonetheless. The film hits store shelves (with a limited theatrical release as well) tomorrow.

MSB

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