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Posted May 27, 2013
FIGHT FOR PAY This film stands out because, while there is
FIGHT FOR PAY This film stands out because, while there is plenty of action, unlike other movies of its kind the plot drives it. It's a more accurate than usual portrayal of the life of mercenaries, pawns in the larger global game of power and profits, seen through the experiences of the character played by Christopher Walken. Its specific focus is a coup d'etat in Africa that must be executed by a clandestine force, necessarily commissioned outside the official channels of government. From its earliest stages, all aspects of the mission are rife with mortal danger, a reflection of the political and international business forces vying to maintain their own interests. A veteran of several similar assaults, Walken's character, Jamie Shannon, is contacted to organize and implement the project. For him, it should be just another assignment, but this one is different. Given his most recent experience, he has grown disillusioned with the life. We see a grizzled, jaded soldier of fortune who is well-trained and honed for the task, but who is nonetheless hoping that perhaps this particular job may be his last. Through the course of events, we therefore get not only a story of a military conflict but one that is personal as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The other film's strengths are its aversion to stereotypes and straw men. This is not the stuff of Chuck Norris or Sylvester Stallone. We are not subjected to distorted combat scenes where the hero wins the battle with one hand and the enemy is a stupid, sub-human dreg. Rather, we get a sense of the uncertainty of survival, of the brutal reality of life and death under unusual and exceptional circumstances. Within that context, the lines between good and evil, hero and villain, are blurred.
This is as good a movie as there is in this genre. Walken's performance is compelling, demonstrating he is very comfortable in this character, bolstered by an excellent supporting cast (including an unexpectedly good showing from Tom Berenger). Fine direction of vivid action scenes ensures that the tempo does not drag, but balanced against that is cutting dialogue.
This film thus succeeds at several levels and, although to some it may be disturbing in tone, still makes for great entertainment.
Posted October 1, 2010
Best Soldier of Fortune Movie!
It could be said that Dogs of War is the only good film ever made about mercenaries. And it is pretty good when it comes to the involvement of corporations in the running of the world. The performances are excellent. One of Christopher Walken's best, and most forgotten, performances. The rest of the cast are equally as fine. This is definitely a movie to see more than once.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.