Blu-ray Review “Mercenaries”

mercenariesStarring: Zoë Bell, Vivica A. Fox, Kristanna Loken, Brigitte Nielsen, Cynthia Rothrock, Nicole Bilderback, Tim Abell
Director: Christopher Ray
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Asylum
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Run Time: 90 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

Just from a look at the box, you can safely assume that “Mercenaries” is a low-budget (very low) female -lead rip-off of the testosterone filed “The Expendables” series. Well you are definitely right…but here is the thing, I really don’t care. Even though it has a terrible script and D-list cast…this is a fun flick. It knows it shouldn’t be taken seriously and you shouldn’t either. Good for a few laughs.

The cast includes Zoë Bell, Vivica A. Fox, Brigitte Nielsen and Kristanna Loken and I have to admit, they are quite bad-ass together. Like I said the acting is ahhhh, so-so and I am not 100% convinced that Brigitte Nielsen belong with this cast of all women but good for that I expected. I heard rumors of Zoë Bell getting involved with “The Expendabellas” but after this I am sure that is out of the question.

Not that the plot matters at all for a film like this but in case you are curious…here it is the official premise: “When a visiting dignitary is captured and imprisoned while touring a war zone, a team of elite female commandos is assembled to infiltrate the women’s prison and rescue her.” Sounds epic right? Well, don’t forget this is low budget, so it’s not as cool as it sounds but still fun.

The 1080p transfer looks decent expect for the cheesy visual effects that don’t do it justice. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 delivers with the action though and the fun score. The special features are typical for an Asylum release. There is a short behind the scenes, making of and a gag reel included.

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