This film is based on the true character of Robert Denard (known as Bob Denard) in the 60's when he fights in Democratic Republic of Congo. As a mercenary, he defends President Mobutu who ...
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This film is based on the true character of Robert Denard (known as Bob Denard) in the 60's when he fights in Democratic Republic of Congo. As a mercenary, he defends President Mobutu who won his position after a putsch. Despite pressures from the French government who supports Mobutu's opponent Moïse Tshombé, Denard stays loyal to Mobutu until the very end when he unsterdands Mobutu wants him dead. Denard's only solution becomes to get rid of Mobutu, however the French governmet ends up changing side to support Mobutu. Luckily for him Denard manages to be rescued after head injury during combat against Mobutu's troops...
The director - Thomas Vincent - had already made a film with Clovis Cornillac in 2008 - LE NOUVEAU PROTOCOLE, that I commented, about nasty politics, a very good feature. Here again the two worked together and this is a rather good product. I don't know many things about mercenaries and politics in Congo in the 60's. So far, I don't know if everything here is absolutely true. But it sounds so. Africa and its rotten politicians, so barbarians, cruel, fierce who may give you the need to puke. If you are not racist, you may become, if you stick to the picture given of these men. But, of course, if you are smart enough...I speak only of the leaders.
A nasty tale, here again. Cheat, treason, killings, coups, threats of all kinds, broken agreements. Yes, it stinks, but I guess it was made in that purpose.
Clovis Cornillac is convincing in the leading character: the most known french mercenary of all time.
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