Operator Blu-ray Review
Sometimes you just have to be in the right mood to enjoy something really bad. Sometimes you just crave McDonalds, but it’s generally when you’re drunk. In the case of OPERATOR, it may be best enjoyed amongst friends with a few beers. It’s difficult to tell if OPERATOR was created as a truly serious piece of filmmaking. It’s illogical, preposterous, bad, and finds a way to be implausible on a consistent basis. Like I said, you have to be in the right mood to enjoy a dumpster fire. And while I know there are certainly times I would have easily slept through OPERATOR because it’s a bad movie, this one instance I found it to be quite a bit of entertaining trash.
A criminal mastermind, played by Ving Rhames, uses a dispatcher, Pamela (Barton), for his mysterious plan that is more elaborate than any Al-Qaeda plot, but operated on a shoestring budget. While he pulls the strings of Pamela, he moves his disposable pawns across the city to kill cops, rob banks, and other highly organized crimes. Rhames’ character only needs a handful of men for multiple jobs that would require an army. The men’s actions surely would have alerted the FBI or at the very least, incited a panic in the city. One scene in particular involves a massive building exploding and lighting up the skyline, but when we cut to a terrified Pamela, her other dispatcher co-workers calmly go about their day. The plot is so inconsistent; it’s not really worth diving in to.
The directors, who go by the Olson Brothers, surely should have known they were making absolute garbage. The acting is flat and expressionless, unless it’s Ving Rhames who’s naturally husky voice commands Pamela and his minions. Then there are the special effects that could probably be stored on a floppy disk and sold at Dollar General. OPERATOR is operating at a primitive and most basic amateur level. So once again I have to reiterate, that it’s easy to understand why someone would turn this off within a matter of minutes, unlike me who trudged through 88 bad minutes.
But I’m not about to complete throw this one in the garbage, where it was most likely born, raised, and will die in. I have to relate for a second with the same people who tune in every year for the latest SHARKNADO movie. They can certainly understand that movies that are inherently bad can be a true joy to watch. If a hero cop is able to dodge a hail of gunfire, withstand the force of an explosion, and then fire off one shot striking the bad guy down, the only reaction you should have is laughter.
Of course this all comes back to my guess that the directors knew they weren’t making something good. But there’s a hiccup in my theory because I suspect the directors had Hollywood ambitions, with how many plot twists they throw in. These aren’t twists though because they’re either predictable or an obtuse happenstance. By the time the movie ended, it felt irrational to enjoy such a bad movie. But hopefully a third time’s the charm and you can understand when I say, you have to be in the right mood. If not, turn it off and pitch it.
Video: (1080p Widescreen 2:39:1) When everyone is standing still, the picture quality is clear, but the weaknesses are highlighted when action sequences and CGI enter the fray. The action is sometimes blurry as the camera quickly pans through a blur of colors.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) Like most action films, the chases and explosions are ear shatteringly loud, while the dialogue is very soft spoken.