Friday, February 10, 2017

Mercenaries (2011) and Mercenaries (2014)

I saw one of these looking for the other. I expect others will, too.

Mercenaries (2011):

How bad is it? Really poor action film.
Should you see it? No.

A U.S. ambassador is kidnapped in the Balkans after a military coup and a group of mercenaries come to the rescue. Billy Zane has a small role. The film's dull and obvious, with action scenes that could be done by any amateur.

Mercenaries (2014):

How bad is it? Stupid action flick. Intentionally cheesy.
Should you see it? Only if a fan of someone in the cast.

Female commandos infiltrate a women's prison - in a war zone, no less - to rescue the President's daughter, who's been kidnapped. This Asylum production hits every cliche imaginable, but seemingly knowingly. Zoe Bell, Cynthia Rothrock, Vivica A. Fox and Brigitte Nielsen all have roles. No one takes it very seriously. The director, Christopher Douglas Olen Ray, has made a number of trash films, and though I have no proof, HAS to be the son of Fred Olen Ray or is doing homage to him.

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