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An American news crew is taken hostage aboard a chartered jet off the coast of Seychelles by a gang of Somali pirates. The leader of the pirates is driven by one goal -- to be interviewed by a prominent member of the crew, legendary journalist Frank Saltzman. For the welfare of his colleagues Saltzman agrees to the demand before realizing they are immersed in a mortal battle that questions personal beliefs and the nature of fear. (C) Amplify

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Joanne Baron
as French News Anchor
John Burke
as U.S. Anchorman
Greg Callahan
as Saltzman
Arsha Darbinyan
as Armenian News Anchor
Mohamed Dione
as Military Man
Robert W. Evans
as American Soldier (V.O.)
Connor Fox
as Pete Bowers
Robert Locke
as ANC News Anchor
Peres Owino
as Nadifa Sabisi
Dave Parke
as American Commander VO
Mauricio Solis
as Front Desk
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Critic Reviews for Default

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  • Resourceful, Los Angeles-shot low-budgeter is solidly assembled, with Xander Lott's unobtrusive yet unsettling score a plus.

    Oct 17, 2014 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Brand devotes so much running time to fear-mongering and grotesque stereotypes that a last-ditch effort at moral ambiguity and a critique on muckraking barely register.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Even the failure to find a persuasive closing note doesn't detract from Mr. Oyelowo's riveting performance.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Brand works hard at verisimilitude on the plane and in the film's many intercut cable-news segments, but it's hard to achieve realism in a mode that's so completely contrived.

    Oct 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Setting itself apart from a crowded field of Somali pirate movies is a goal "Default" reaches for, but in choosing meaningless action over all else it's never achieved.

    Nov 7, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Default's stylistic choices in storytelling give the found footage genre some maturity not seen since Barry Levinson's The Bay.

    Jun 18, 2015 | Full Review…

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