5.0 out of 5 stars mercenaries
a great film well worth watching keeps u on the edge of ur seat from start 2 finish good value
Published 4 months ago by norman neillll his
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1.0 out of 5 stars how can a movie be this bad??
I have just finished watching this mess, the movie really was amateur hour, I thought I would look at the making of to see the problems they had making the money stretch, getting the writers vision on screen etc....but with all the back slapping I did wonder if they had actually watched the end product. The fact one of the producers banged on about being an ex-soldier...
Published 16 months ago by S. R. Williams
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1.0 out of 5 stars how can a movie be this bad??,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)I have just finished watching this mess, the movie really was amateur hour, I thought I would look at the making of to see the problems they had making the money stretch, getting the writers vision on screen etc....but with all the back slapping I did wonder if they had actually watched the end product. The fact one of the producers banged on about being an ex-soldier made me wonder why the field craft was so wrong....but did confirm why he was no longer in the ARMY.
I am really glad I didn't watch this with my ARMY colleagues as I would have been so embarrassed.
As an ex-sailor I hate movies that get the navy wrong and I can only imagine the comments real soldiers would have thrown at the TV watching this.
You do not watch these kind of movies expecting 100% realism as that can take the fun out of action movies but some form of logic would help...these so called mercenaries wouldn't have lasted five minutes behind enemy lines, I really do want the British film industry to flourish but on this show no one out there will be having sleepless nights about the British film industry making a belated come back, and if I never see another movie by this writer/director it will be far too soon, my best advice avoid like the plague and watch the wild geese or an episode of the Professionals again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mercenaries, yes; elite, no!,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)Andy Marlow is an ex-SAS soldier of fortune? Really...? Blimey! Standards have been slipping at Hereford, then!
A US colonel in charge of a UN peacekeeping detachment in the former Yugoslavia sends in a team of "deniable operators" when the US ambassador and his glamorous assistant are lifted by a breakaway radical faction of ethnic-cleansing Serbs. The UN mandate does not allow for an incursion overtly by UN personnel so "an elite team of independent contractors" is hired and sent in.
From the start it's obvious a military consultant was not hired to assist with the film - if they did hire one they should get their money back and have examined his credentials a little more thoroughly! The team go half-and-half over having an AK-47 or an M-16 - so supposedly special forces-trained men can't share ammo if they get low; the real deal would all use the same weapon for just that reason ("individualism" is a myth, as the plethora of memoirs that came out of Stirling Lines in the noughties will bear out - and it's because of such widely-read memoirs and the rise and rise of McNab, Ryan, Falconer, et al that "busking it" on the authenticity in movies of this nature is really a no-no these days). They bimble around behind the lines at night, weapons in shoulders like the professionals they are pretending to be - but talking loudly to each other about gossip and not paying attention, unlike the professionals they are pretending to be. Discipline, focus, remaining covert and the chain of command all go right out the window when they see some civilians being readied for execution in a clearing, and it's not the only occurrence of that particular departure from "real life." They work as individuals, not the team they would be if they were really ex-SF personnel (or playing the part authentically, as the case may be).
The plot, such as it is, runs reasonably smoothly and is nicely photographed although there are a few other improbables. The big hefty American ambassador is a bit of a gun-nervous wimp whilst the glamorous lady assistant takes to an AK-47 and head-jobbing Serbian rebels as a duck takes to water, with added gusto. The US soldiers that drop the team off use an ex-British FV432 APC, which has never been US inventory (I suspect it was pretending to be an M113) and act in a most unsoldierly manner for troops in hostile territory but the Serbians seem authentically equipped with AKs, GAZ jeeps and Soviet-era trucks. The action is all contrived, though, and that in a movie of this genre is just tacky - especially given the way it is acted, which is slack to say the least.
All in all, any genuine soldier, let alone SF, would cringe to watch the "tradecraft" exhibited in a less-than-well-researched movie about a supposedly elite team of SF-trained operators in the field - a genre that really does require hiring McNab or Dale Dye or similarly reputable advisors to pull it off properly. Billy Zane as the Colonel and Geoff Bell as an SAS infiltrator in the rebel camp provide the "known" talent but I can't help but think it must have been a slow period for them when they received the script for this as I can't imagine why else they'd have accepted a role in this tosh. Ditto Vas Blackwood - although I've not watched anything featuring him other than Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels where his performance has been noteworthy so perhaps he's suited to this straight-to-DVD quality B-list rhubarb after all?!
Bell is brilliantly menacing and unhinged in The Business and very good in Daylight Robbery, to name but two in his canon, but he's let himself down with this one. Escapist tosh for a wet afternoon for sure but if you're any sort of aficionado of SF-based action movies I'd leave well alone. One to rent or borrow but not buy - at least, not until it's in the sub-£2 bracket and on Supersaver Delivery - for everyone else, though.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who cares who snores,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)Well, I picked this up on a whim and spent an idle hour or so watching it rather than thinking so, I'm not that gutted. But. But. But.
Other reviewers have made points about the tradescraft on display. Quite right. I suspect that me and three mates from work, none with military experience could have behaved rather more SF than the four guys acting the operators here. Unmatched weapons, no camo, loud talking, shouting, louder cocking of a suppressed weapon......
So. If you still want this, buy as cheap as you can.
5.0 out of 5 stars mercenaries,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't employ 'Mercenaries' - get Boy Scouts in to do the job!,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)Worth the 1.99 I paid -but only just!
I'm not even ex-services but I could only cringe at the lack of patrol discipline behind enemy lines, terrible personal concealment & the instant dropping of command structure & distraction of the task specified whilst acting 'humanely' in rescuing civilians: proper 'mercenaries' or Special Forces types just don't have these kind of maudlin consciences otherwise they could just not function. Features a 'token' black & a 'token' feisty woman & even 'John Wayne' in sunglasses as the rather obvious British plant amongst the cardboard cutout baddies replete with eyepatch. Would have thought the inexperienced lady Aide given the AK47 would have found the recoil & upward tendency a bit much for accurate fire (?)
Ranks along with 'Combat Zone', 'Battle Over Normandy' & 'Battle Recon -Call of Duty' as the worst modern war films ever & reminiscent of several 70's style forgetable WWII film with Americans with long hair & Vietnam era tanks shown in afternoons on Sky 'films for men' channel.
Would suit Poundland only if it were 50p!
Don't bother if you are a serious war film fan. For serious Bosnian type war films, see 'Saviour'; 'No-Man's Land' or even the less believable but good all round action film ' 5 Days of War'
I sincerely hope the very highly paid mercenaries guarding US industrialists etc in Afghanistan are better qualified than this lot!
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dire,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)The plot has been helpfully (and accurately) summarised by other reviews so I need not tread over the same ground. All I will say is that from someone who has watched hundreds of action and war movies, I'm seen some terrible films. However, this is the absolute worst I've encountered. It's so bad that I felt I had to write my first review of anything on amazon to ensure that nobody else wastes their time with this dross. The acting is so wooden - even from the outset - that I think it would not be out of place in a school play. As for the script, woeful doesn't go far enough. It's so utterly unconvincing in the opening scenes that I felt compelled to watch as ordinarily it would be impossible to plumb lower depths than that. However it managed it consistently, which is quite an achievement. At times it looked like a school CCF unit on a night walk in the local woods - hardly elite SAS material which is what the film would have you believe! So poor is the plot that at times you are left wondering how they even managed to contract actors to work on that material. The suggestion that if a US ambassador were kidnapped they would send in 4 indisciplined, disorganised mercenaries against an entire army is frankly risible, and the film never recovers from this implausible premise.
2.0 out of 5 stars rubbish film,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish!,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)I fell asleep within the first five minutes .... this film was worse than awful; it was an insult to film making. As someone else pointed out in their review, the makers should demand back any money they spent on military advisors and then go back to film school and relearn the basics!
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite Incredulous,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)If you can imagine Lenny Henry, Katie Price and Ant & Dec going paint balling with the cast of Emmerdale you should have a rough idea of what to expect here.
From very early in the film it becomes obvious that we are not in for much character development, realism or depth of story. The premise of a group of special forces/mercenaries going behind lines to rescue a vip is never going to be a challenging watch or wholly unique, however neither should it necessarily be a lame duck - Tears of the Sun, along similar lines, was very watchable and entertaining. Unfortunately, Merecnaries really fails to deliver on just about every front - acting is so so (the black soldier is laughable to the point of embarrassment), the plot is very basic, the authenticity isn't and the action is only ok. None of the characters are believable or well cast and I found myself not really caring who lived or died.
Although I chose to watch it all the way through, I wouldn't have stayed up beyond my bedtime to catch the ending...........even if it wasn't a school night!
Fortunately, I paid only £3 for this. Not one to recommend unless you can borrow it foc and have an hour and a half to spare.
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish,
This review is from: Mercenaries [DVD] (DVD)Amateur dramatics. All pose and swagger. Actors with no idea of how the real guys behave. Buy Act of Valour instead. Athough the acting is slighty wooden and the dialogue seems forced, these guys are the real deal and the action scenes and extras are excellent.
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