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. ★★

About David Hughes: Published Work

Empire and Time Out film critic, screenwriter of award-winning drama "Where the Road Runs Out", and MD of movie marketing agency Synchronicity, and author of books about Kubrick, Lynch and films that were never made.

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