UltraHeroix has released its latest film, Swift Moves, and it is another enjoyable heroine-in-peril romp from one of the genre’s most underrated producers. This one features a Supergirl-like character up against some bad guys wielding a familiar, green substance that seems to weaken our heroine.
I’ve become an avid fan of the videos released by UltraHeroix. I don’t think there is a company out there that makes better use of the resources they have to make entertaining films. They don’t have access to London supermodels or trained stuntmen, but the videos they release are always entertaining. To use a baseball metaphor, they are the Tampa Bay Rays and they seem to find ways to compete with the proverbial New York Yankees of the heroine world quite well.
Swift Moves is a departure from the last few UltraHeroix episodes, which have focused not only on action, but on creating a large and interconnecting world filled with superheroines. I’m not certain, but with Swift Moves, I think the producers decided to throw a bone to the peril fans—they created a Supergirl archetype named Swiftgirl and basically let the villains beat on her for ten minutes.
The story opens with the introduction of two new villains. Oliver B. Liviom and his henchwoman Tessa. Think of them as the UltraHeroix version of Lex Luthor and Mercy Graves. Their plan is a simple one. Draw Swiftgirl to their lair and through the use of a machine, siphon off her powers.
Swiftgirl shows up and initially takes it to the villains. As I mentioned, the producers may not have access to supermodels but the actress they cast as Swiftgirl worked quite nicely. She is beautiful, wears the costume extremely well and plays the role of the cocky heroine perfectly. I think the costume is a good one. As always, I am about the worst judge of what outfits will have mass appeal. The skirt is shortened on each side so I can’t imagine many fans will have a problem with that.
Things start to take a turn for Swiftgirl when the villain pulls out some Kryptonite. They don’t call it Kryptonite but let’s just assume it is for the purposes of this review. Once weakened, she is subject to several stomach punches, kicks, a reverse bear hug, and just a thorough two on one beat down.
The villains strap her to the power sucking device which Swiftgirl eventually escapes, only to once again be beat on by Tessa. I should mention that the actress that plays Tessa is a real Amazon and a convincing henchwoman. You don’t see henchwomen in these films very often and I thought she played the role of an enforcer very well. In this film she tends to shout a lot of her dialogue and has a pretty nice evil laugh going on. Basically, I liked both the character and the actress.
The film ends shortly after the second beat down with a bit of a cliffhanger and a promised continuation to the story. This is a peril heavy episode that does not touch on the current storyline revolving around the disappearance of Lady Ultra. I liked the direction they were going in with said story, but I think it was a wise move to get away from it for an episode. You can’t be all story all the time, and the producers did a good job changing things up with this episode. All in all another winner from UltraHeroix.