If anyone out there is looking to get their Adrianne Palicki fix (and who wouldn’t be), Netflix just may have your solution. A little-known movie of hers has just become available on the streamer, one that may just satisfy Palicki fans.
In what may be one of the movie world’s most unlikely of trilogies, S.W.A.T.: Under Siege has hit the airwaves. The movie stars Adrianne Palicki as Ellen Dwyer, the commander of a Seattle SWAT team. When the DEA enlists the help of the Seattle SWAT unit, their mission to capture cartel members and a drug shipment doesn’t go as planned. When the dust settles, one SWAT and a few DEA agents are dead. But the search for drugs turns up a man chained inside a shipment container. This man calls himself The Scorpion (Michael Jai White).
When SWAT gets the man back to their headquarters, it is attacked by a large group of terrorists claiming The Scorpion is their partner. SWAT, led by team leader Travis Hall, believes the man to be a fugitive. When they try to move the man from the compound, they realize someone from the inside is working with the terrorists. When Hall confronts Scorpion, the man reveals to Hall that he is a spy.
The terrorists desperately want Scorpion, so they hack the security code to the building. They storm it, killing more SWAT but the remaining SWAT team is able to hold off the terrorists. As they wait for more backups, Scorpion finally reveals what the terrorists want. He hands over a microchip saying he is tired of running. Not long after, the inside agent is revealed with another firefight ensuing. Who makes it out alive and just what Adrianne Palicki is up to can only be answered on Netflix.
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege is the third movie in the trilogy that began back in 2003 with the release of S.W.A.T., an underrated movie that starred Samuel L. Jackson as Hondo and Colin Farrell as Officer Jim Street. The movie also starred Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles, and Jeremy Renner. This S.W.A.T. was based on the short-lived ‘70s TV series of the same name. The story followed the Los Angeles S.W.A.T. team who are tasked with transporting and preventing a French crime boss from escaping custody. What makes their job even more difficult is that the crime boss has offered $100 million to anyone that will help him break out.
The Samuel L. Jackson-led S.W.A.T. enjoyed moderate success at the box office but wasn’t an overwhelming hit, which is probably the reason why it took eight years for a second S.W.A.T. movie. This one, S.W.A.T.: Firefight, starred Robert Patrick of Terminator fame and was released straight to video, bypassing theaters altogether. It did not receive favorable reviews from those who saw it. Which makes a third S.W.A.T. movie, coming six years after the second, a puzzling production.
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege received the same release as its predecessor, straight-to-video as well as the same critical response. Not that Adrianne Palicki or Michael Jai White weren’t game, the movie just wasn’t up to par to deserve a major theatrical release. This doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy it, much like audiences enjoy the weekly S.W.A.T. TV series that stars Kenny Johnson, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Jay Harrington, and Shemar Moore as Hondo.
Adrianne Palicki has enjoyed a fairly successful movie and television career. She is presently starring in the science fiction comedy The Orville with creator and co-star Seth MacFarlane, which recently found a new home on Hulu. Her success, though, covers both television and features. On the feature film side, Palicki has starred in films such as Legion, Elektra Luxx, the Red Dawn remake, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and even grabbed some time in the first John Wick film.
On the TV side of the ledger, she played a big part in the series Friday Night Lights and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D while also finding time on South Beach, Lone Star, and About a Boy. In 2011, Adrianne Palicki was cast as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman on the NBC pilot, Wonder Woman, that never aired. In a fun bit of trivia, Pedro Pascal, who starred in the most recent Wonder Woman 1984, was also part of an impressive cast that included Elizabeth Hurley, Cary Elwes, and Justin Bruening.
So, release your mind of all the negativity and head on over to Netflix. Queue up S.W.A.T.: Under Siege and don’t worry about the country’s problems. They’ll still be there after the hour and a half it takes to enjoy Adrianne Palicki in S.W.A.T.