The Dogs of War
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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. Questions concerning loyalty and principle are posed. Who, in fact, is right? Who should win- and does it matter? Can the employer be trusted or even the other men in the unit?
This is as good a movie as there is in the genre.Read more ›
Jamie Shannon (Walken) is a pay-for-play mercenary who has reached the point where he's just seen too much. His private life has disintegrated. His wife has divorced him, although he, in his own way, still loves her. He lives in a worn out New York apartment where he keeps a revolver in the refrigerator and the black and white TV on all the time. He's hired by a big, multinational company to check out Zangora, an African country rich in resources and ruled by a brutal but wily and slightly insane dictator. The question Jamie is asked to answer: Are the conditions ripe enough for a coup to succeed? Jamie goes there, but is caught and beaten within an inch of his life, then deported. On his return, his answer to the company is simple: A coup isn't possible; the army is corrupt and second rate, but they still are loyal to President Kimba. The company then asks Jamie: How about the chances of success for a well-financed, well supplied overthrow led by a first-class group of mercenaries, led by Jamie Shannon? After some angst involving an unsuccessful attempt to reconnect with his ex-wife, Jamie says it could work and he'll do it.
The middle of the movie shows us how to recruit our own group of mercenaries, get arms and money out of one country and into another, and then plan and carry out a meticulous and violent attack against a poorly led and larger army. And it does it with economy and a surprising amount of tension and interest.Read more ›
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I was an extra in this film. Being one of the soldiers in the beginning scene when the plane is flying out. So this is a must have for me. its really a good film about mercenaries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Oconnell
I like almost anything that Christopher Walken is in. There's some cool 70s sets and clothes. The actual action only occurs in about the last half hour and its pretty goofy, but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Best mercenary movie ever!! 40 days of planning for a seven minute assault which overthrows a whole country with just a handful of men.Published 2 months ago by Brian Bauries
Fast-pace action-filled movie with Christopher Walken doing his thing. Had seen it before, but had to watch it again.Published 7 months ago by Tretre3
Dated but typical Christopher Walken....he takes a beatin but keeps on tickin star. Never saw a movie with Walken in it that I didn't like. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Hall
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