Vision Films Inc. presents the new action thriller coming soon to VOD and DVD, Transit 17. Set in a dystopian world which has been torn apart by a deadly virus, Guy Bleyaert’s high-intensity new film crosses genres with it’s incredible action sequences and terrifying imagery making this an instant new favorite for action, sci-fi and horror aficionados. This film was released in the United States and Canada across all major streaming platforms on October 22, 2019 and will be on DVD online and in Walmart stores December 17, 2019
Starring director/writer/producer Guy Bleyaert (The Last Inquisitors), martial arts superstar and World Champion Zara Phythian (Doctor Strange, Tribal:Get Out Alive), Silvio Simac (John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum), Lee Charles (Dragon Kingdom), Kimberly Stahl (Lost), Stefanie Joosten (voice of Quiet in the game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain), John Flanders (Moonwalkers) and Lucas Tavernier (The Monuments Men), Transit 17 takes place after a virus infects multiple European countries and a team of resistance soldiers fight to save a young girl who seems to be their last hope for a cure.
After Europe is hit with a virus which infected 60 million people, General Ratzinger (Jean-Paul Van der Velde) and his military aim to control the survivors hidden in secret outputs known as “transits.”Lead by the Commander (Silvio Simac), his “sniffers” continue to look for those who refuse to be confined while insurgents known as the Free Fighters, lead by Vanguard (Christophe VanZandycke), aim to evade and destroy this oppressive military which instead of looking for a cure, continues to kill the infected as they grow in numbers.
Meanwhile, a separate Resistance team composed of Tex (Guy Bleyaert), Eve (Zara Phythian), Brad (Lee Charles), Deena (Kimberly Stahl) and Daniel (Daniel Pala) sets out on a secret operation to find Jen (Maria Melikidze), a 15-year old girl who was infected with the virus but survived. She may be the only hope for a cure which causes The Free Fighters and the Resistance join together. They will stop at nothing till she is safe and and the cure to save mankind is discovered.
I have been waiting for Transit 17 for a few years now since I first heard about its production (im a big fan of Zara Phythians work having seen her in films such as The Hike, He Who Dares,and Marvels Doctor Strange and followed her work over the years) I was fortunate enough to check out a screening of Transit 17 recently so what did I think. This does pain me a little to write as the film does have its major flaws which dragged me straight out of the film. Now as most of you who read my reviews know, I rarely write about the negatives of a film, But I feel that with Transit 17, I would be at a disservice if I didnt write about some of them that caused me to not stick with the film 100%.
There are some great performances in this film, such as Zara as Eve, and Lee Charles as Brad however the film struggles with what i can only guess is its post production process. There are some very strange editing choices in the film including a shot that runs backwards in a shot. (I know that sounds like a nit pick, but it was a huge ‘hang on that was weird’ moment that I did have to rewind the scene to see if I had seen what I had (and I had) Add to that some other editing choices and a lack of opening titles of explanation, It did take me a little while to work out who was who and what they were doing. (again that might sound a bit nit picky but these were major things that caused me to struggle with the film) Its such a shame too, As i really was really excited about seeing Transit 17 and as I reverse back to something I said earlier. There are some great performances in the film, its just that the finished film just may not have captured it as well as it should have. and Im gutted about that, genuinely
I will try to rewatch the film at some point in the near future and see if i can get over those issues but I have spoken to others who have had similar issues with the finished film so I know its just just a random opinion of mine.
Transit 17 will be available on digital for an SRP of $4.99 – $9.99 from platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Playstation, Xbox, Amazon Instant, Google Play, FandangoNow, Hoopla and Overdrive as well as 200+ cable affiliates including Comcast, Spectrum, Charter, Cox, Verizon, Frontier, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Google Fiber, and Dish.