Strike Back: Project Dawn (2011)


Project Dawn
Strike Back

Critics Consensus

Strike Back doesn't have much depth, but still offers a solid fix for viewers seeking an explosive espionage thriller.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 124
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A high-octane, globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from today's headlines, Strike Back is a one-hour drama series that focuses on two members of a top-secret anti-terrorist organization known as Section 20: Michael Stonebridge, a British sergeant in the ultra secret Section 20 anti-terrorist team, and Damien Scott, a Delta Forces operative who was disgraced and discharged on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The 10-episode season follows Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) as they criss-cross the globe on the trail of a deadly international terrorist named Latif, who is planning a major attack involving a cache of WMD that could have global repercussions. Within the season-long arc involving the search for Latif (code-named "Project Dawn"), five separate adventures will be presented, each played out over two episodes. Sexy, suspenseful and action-packed, the series is set in exotic locations and has an abundance of twists and turns, as the two protagonists venture into New Delhi, Cape Town, Darfur and beyond to thwart the bad intentions of terrorists intent on bringing anarchy and destruction to our planet.


Sullivan Stapleton
as Damien Scott
Richard Armitage
as John Porter
Philip Winchester
as Michael Stonebridge
Amanda Mealing
as Col. Eleanor Grant
Andrew Lincoln
as Hugh Collinson
Eva Birthistle
as Capt. Kate Marshall
Orla Brady
as Katie Dartmouth
Shelley Conn
as Danni Prendiville
Colin Salmon
as James Middleton
Jodhi May
as Leyla Thompson
Daniel MacPherson
as Samuel Wyatt
Rhona Mitra
as Rachel Dalton
Dougray Scott
as James Leatherby
Rhashan Stone
as Maj. Oliver Sinclair
Michelle Lukes
as Sgt. Julia Richmond
Milauna Jackson
as Kim Martinez
Zubin Varla
as Leo Kamali
Warren Brown
as Thomas "Mac" McAllister
Roxanne McKee
as Natalie Reynolds
Ewen Bremner
as Gerald Baxter
Alin Sumarwata
as Gracie Novin
Toby Stephens
as Frank Arlington
Nina Sosanya
as Adeena Donovan
Jamie Bamber
as Alexander Coltrane
Yasemin Kay Allen
as Katrina Zarkova
Jimi Mistry
as Maj. Ashkani
David Harewood
as Col. Tshuma
Phil Dunster
as Will Jensen
Shaun Parkes
as Felix Masuku
Don Hany
as Omair Idrisi
Trevor Eve
as Morgan Ives
Kelly Gough
as Rosa Varga
Michelle Yeoh
as Mei Foster/ Li-Na
Robson Green
as Lt. Col. Philip Locke
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Critic Reviews for Strike Back Project Dawn

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

So fast-paced it makes 24 look sluggish, and with a brighter, livelier tone that embraces both multi-cultural inclusiveness and macho backslapping, the Sky/Cinemax, UK/US co-production Strike Back is first rate pulp TV.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If something has been missing from your TV screen since 24 went off the air, like an unapologetic, fist-pumping, nonstop action thriller, Strike Back needs to be your appointment television for the next 10 weeks.

Aug 12, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The action is breathless, fast and glossy, with more than a nod to Die Hard. Amanda Mealing is the buttoned-up Section 20 boss, with Eva Birthistle the tech expert. Who'll succumb to Scott's rugged charms first?

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Strike Back struck me as gung-ho nonsense.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It's still hard to forget that when we meet him, he's a crooked underground fighter in Kuala Lumpur. Which almost sounds like a parody of an old action movie when you say it out loud. The rest of this show is fine.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It doesn't have the intelligence or complexity of an ambitious HBO drama, but it's clever enough and delivers plenty of well-executed action sequences with a gritty style.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is well-plotted, tightly paced and crisply edited.

Aug 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.

Aug 12, 2011 | Full Review…

In almost every respect, a terrible piece of television drama. By turns predictable and far-fetched, it has the emotional nuance of a shoot 'em up computer game... And yet, I'm ashamed to say, an unknowable part of my brain sort of enjoyed it.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

What I want to know is who kidnapped Jed Mercurio and where are the ruthless bastards keeping him?

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

In a TV landscape dominated by procedurals set in sterile rooms with banks of super-computers, it's good to see a show that heads out into the field, where people get their hands bloody.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Strip away the counterterrorism lingo and this is really just a mismatched buddy copshow.

Aug 12, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Strike Back: Project Dawn

  • Aug 19, 2019
    I like Philip Winchester and Sulvan alot
  • Mar 04, 2018
    Special Forces?? More like Special Farces. Roll your eyes as you roll along to every dark corner of the planet with the most incompetent group of operators ever put together by the British military. When they're not getting themselves kidnapped (once by a beautiful nyphomaniac no less), lost, or losing their weapons in a fist fight, they're all earning money at a modeling agency where I'm sure they moonlight. Cliches abound along with gratuitous sex and and violence, which is so common in American productions that I had a hard time believing this was the brain child of Sky One productions. I suppose there must be some appeal to this ridiculous series otherwise it couldn't have lasted six seasons...but then again, the masses are asses.
  • Jul 16, 2017
    Buckle Up!!! Not Much gets the blood pumping Like BBC spy/espionage/crime/shoot 'em up/hot chemistry/good guys win series!!!
  • Aug 05, 2016
    Excellent show. Reminiscent of the Professionals from the 80s.
  • Jul 31, 2015
    'Strike' Back' is an Action Adventure Political thrill ride similar to the pace of Michael Bay's 'Bad Boys' movies. The original British 'Strike Back, Origins" with Richard Armitage was very watchable but the show had a storyline that gave you a reason to like John Porter, giving him a character arc that gives meaning to the actions he takes...but in this new season everything changes including the fact Richard Armitage dies in the first episode (due to landing the role in the Hobbit franchise), the agency is completely different with none of the familiar faces of the Origin story, and Section 20 puts a British Agent (who was born in the states) & an American Agent (who is actually an Austrailian actor) as a team that goes after terrorists on highly dangerous secretive missions with more action than story. It is clear this show is about the high powered action instead of story. I think this season is still trying to find it's identity after the Origins season may improve when it does. Since I watch shows like 'Homeland', 'The Blacklist', & other action paced political dramas, I was a lot tougher on reviewing this show. I think it is a good show but if you are looking for more depth, you should consider watching 'Homeland'.
  • Jul 03, 2015
    I watched in a binge session. I continued watching because I like the two guys and their relationship with each other. Thought there was too much female nudity and senseless killings but in spite of that found this show to be very good, better then average.

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