Donny Osmond has the rare opportunity to play the villain in the film “CTU: Provo,” screening at the 16th LDS Film Festival 2017 in March at the SCERA Center for the Arts.
“CTU: PROVO” — 2½ stars — Donny Osmond, Alan Seawright, Jonathan Decker, Jimmy Chunga, Rick Macy, Jenna Lisonbee; not rated, likely PG; LDS Film Festival 2017
“CTU: Provo” is a little outdated and in some instances pretty campy, but the 10-year-old film made in 2007 by Alan Seawright and Jonathan Decker is still a hoot.
When Provo is threatened by eco-terrorists with bombs, Seawright and Decker, who go by Alan and Jono and are fans of the television series “24,” must save the city against all odds because the local Counter-Terrorist Unit doesn’t seem all that capable.
The two friends run, hop, leap over tall buildings and survive all kinds of dangerous situations.
Meanwhile, Donny Osmond, who plays the mastermind and greedy CEO of Tromplin Oil, achieves the impossible. He keeps a straight face while delivering ultimatums and kill orders.
Jimmy Chunga is in the thick of things as Senator Douglass, scheduled to be assassinated. Rick Macy is the ultimate slimy governor who is betraying everyone.
Meanwhile, Seawright and Decker try to collect and defuse a string of cardboard-box bombs lying in the snow in Rock Canyon. They drive fast through the dust and the dirt. (Shiny cars made the scene.) The heroes look cool when it’s called for. They jump fences. They get hit by cars. They keep going.