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Mercenaries (2014)

Mercenaries (2014)

The all-female Expendables spin-off really wasn't all that bad. The special effects were crap, true, and the acting was crap, most of it, yes indeed. The fight choreography was Pretty Crappy as well - no denying. The jokes were pretty crappy, the villains typical, and the plot riddled with holes. Plot-holes, I mean.

Actually it was pretty crappy, all of it, but it was still entertaining, and the action was plentiful. Seeing a bunch of girls get together and fight it out can't be not worth watching, right? And yet, derogatory words like 'bitch' rained down throughout, and less derogatory words like 'ladies' were just as common, maybe as a compromise, though it just felt unnatural. It felt like unnecessarily girly puns permeating the script as well, and there wasn't a single decent guy on the team, or the opposing team for that matter. The villainous Gregory played the one tough guy in the movie, and he wasn't really a prime example of the gender. Of chivalry and all that.

For a movie that could've been Expendables and so much more, it felt like everything catered towards a female audience, even though both the genre and the cast of mostly strong, sexy girls seem to cater more to males. Is this supposed to be a stance for feminism? The stronger, more devious, and all-in-all much better gender? Something just feels wrong.

I did enjoy the action, but there's too much focus on girl power. They could've kept the cast a bit more balanced and still showcased their feminine strengths. The main group's a good combo, with such greats as Zoë Bell, Kristanna Loken and even Cynthia Rothrock (and IMDB the rest), but the people outside the main group are exempt from everything. The males are generally small, shy or otherwise inferior, and really no match at all. It was a decent movie, but it could've been so much more.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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