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Operation Delta Force Reviews

Viewers of OPERATION DELTA FORCE can snooze at any point and not miss anything essential plot-wise. This special forces adventure, which premiered on HBO and then was released directly to home video, is for action junkies only. Stationed in South Africa, Delta Force is an elite American military squad ready to follow the orders of Admiral Henshaw (Hal Holbrook) to tackle political hot spots. Capt. Lang (Jeff Fahey) and his team, which includes McKinney (Frank Zagarino), Marie (Natasha Sunderland), and Hutch (Todd Jensen), are assigned to intercept Afrikaans terrorists led by Johann Nash (Joe Lara). In an attack on a UN experimental lab, the terrorists have stolen canisters of the Ebola virus and its antidote. With the Force is epidemiologist Jeffrey Tipton (Ernie Hudson), the sole survivor of Nash's attack. Following Tipton's hunch, the Delta Force moves to head off Nash as he races by hijacked train to Mozambique. The Delta Force blocks a rail tunnel and forces Nash's troops into an abandoned mine, but Nash triggers an explosion and escapes into the jungle. Henshaw informs the US commandos that Nash plans to elude them by boat and then rendezvous with racist leader Pretorius (Dan Robbertse). Although the Delta Force attacks the convoy, Nash escapes with the antidote canister. Lang's men retrieve the viral canister from the water, but it has been cracked, infecting Lang's squadron with what they learn is a super-virulent strain of Ebola developed as a weapon by the Pentagon. Racing the clock before the military firebombs the entire coastal area in order to stop the disease, Lang and his men track Nash and capture the antidote. Only viewers with a high tolerance for machismo will be entertained by this empty-headed paranoia. Such fans will only be miffed when the prodigious action sequences are interrupted to deal with McKinney's sexist belligerence toward his female comrade or Lang's trumped-up animosity toward Tipton--elements obviously added only to space out the mayhem. Perfunctorily scripted films like OPERATION DELTA FORCE need to do more than buttress their high-tech heroics with production values; they need to learn the rudimentary mechanics of suspense and how to move a plot sensibly from point A to point B. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, adult situations.)