O’Hara (Megan Fox) is the captain of a highly-skilled group of mercenary soldiers. Their current mission is to try and rescue a young girl who has been captured and trafficked. After sneaking around the enemy site, O’Hara and her team not only find the girl they were hired to rescue, but they also discover another two kidnapped girls. After a debate, O’Hara advises that the mission has changed and they will now try to escort all three girls instead of just one. But while leaving the site, the team get discovered. Now on the run, the team call for a helicopter so they can escape, but things don’t go to plan. With dead teammates, the remaining team members are stranded and await rescue.
Putting distance between themselves and the enemy, they find a new location which will give them some shelter and possibly some food. But little does O’Hara and her team know that wild animals inhabit the place they have decided to rest at. These animals have killed all the poachers who had captured them and are now roaming free. Now the team of professionals must try to arrange a new extraction as well as survive the night while being hunted by wild animals.
Visually I found this film to be somewhat enjoyable. The locations which have been used in the movie along with set designs and even costuming are also pleasing. The film’s opening is positive for the most part as the film gets right into the plot and introduces the team of heroes, allowing us to witness them in action. The film also introduces a few moments of cheesy humour from certain characters. This was also acceptable and expected.
As for issues with the film, while I enjoyed seeing actress Megan Fox take on a new role which is quite different from her previous work, the character is not overly convincing. As a leader of the mercenaries, she is simply hard to accept. The actress has lots of dialogue which comes out quite bland and uninteresting, even when people around her are dying. This character also makes choices in the film which make her unlikeable. Along with these other issues, watching O’Hara consistently yell out foul language felt unnecessary and forced. While I might be disappointed with the leading character; I do think that Megan Fox is generally trying to make this character work on screen.
While the visuals are favourable for the most part, some effects relating to CGI don’t quite hold up. This includes CGI lions. The heavy use of CGI weakens any tension the film created, and yet I understand this has been done due to the film’s budget. At multiple times characters have predictable deaths which are dragged out in an attempt to create suspense. These dragged out moments never deliver the tension they are going for. The runtime here certainly overstays its welcome and feels rather noticeable halfway through the film.
Overall, this film certainly provides a level of brainless entertainment. Having actress Megan Fox lead a group of soldiers to take on a group of bad guys and wild animals will be enough for many. While I feel Megan Fox is undoubtedly trying, her character is a significant weakness here. CGI has a big part to play which cheapens the film and also takes away possible tension. Rogue is filled with predictable moments, and the runtime certainly overstays its welcome. Still, for many movie lovers, Rogue is the perfect film that doesn’t require any brainpower.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden