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Men of War (1994)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  12 May 1995 (Spain)
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A former Special Ops soldier leads a group of mercenaries to an island in the South China Sea: their mission is obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds.

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Nick Gunar (Dolph Lundgren) is a burnt-out, jaded and hard-up former mercenary who is having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. At the end of his rope, he is hired by the Nitro Mine Corporation to strong-arm the natives of a South China Sea island into giving up their rights to its valuable mineral resources. Nick loathes the thought of another mission, but this seemingly easy job will earn him enough money to get back with his estranged family. He recruits some of his former mercenary buddies to help him with the job. The island people refuse to give up their land and Nick decides to help them fight the greedy corporation that hired him. The island and its people bring Nick back to life. He finally finds something worth fighting for and a place to call home. As greed and treachery begin to unravel, Nick's band of mercenaries choose sides. Some are with him and others, still working for the corporation, will stop at nothing to destroy him. Written by anonymous

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Killers for hire are paid for what they can do, not for what they believe... until today. See more »

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Rated R for non-stop violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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John Sayles wrote the script (based on an idea from Stan Rogow) in a plane on his way to Tokyo. See more »

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Nick: Where you'll go?
Grace Lashield: Home.
Nick: Where's that?
Grace Lashield: Don't ask.
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The weaker parts are not what you may think
30 December 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The "mercenary having change of heart" thing is nothing new, but with John Sayles penning the script, it doesn't quite go on formula. The change is gradual, and the mercenaries right from the start are presented with a situation (and subsequent things) they didn't plan on. Lundgren actually does pretty well, not just that the movie gets away with his accent by making his character Swedish. His performance is more lively and a bit more emotional than usual - nothing award-winning, but pretty decent all the same.

However, the climatic action sequence is pretty poorly done. Scenes come and go quickly due to some unbelievably rapid editing, some other scenes seem placed out of order, some linking footage seems to have been cut out, and a few sequences are blurry and out of focus. It didn't help that it's only available here in pan-and-scan, making some scenes even harder to make out.


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