Mercenaries (★★ Empire review)

MercenariesSquareIf you and your mates rented a camera and the contents of an army surplus store, you could hardly fail to improvise a better grunts-with-guns flick than this humdrum effort, which has escaped its direct-to-petrol-station destiny, presumably thanks to the dazzling combined star power of chirpy Cockney Vas Blackwood and Titanic villain Billy Zane (sporting one of Bruce Willis’s discarded hair pieces). It’s not so much The Expendables as The Unemployables. After a military coup in Bosnia – hardly a location ripped from today’s headlines – the President sends in a squad of soldiers of fortune, armed with digital explosions and dangerous accents, to rescue the US ambassador and his aide. The combat scenes are authentic, but for all the shooting, swearing and scowling, it’s a pretty dull, bloodless and inconsequential affair. ★★
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: