*NOTE* This review will have spoilers. I also check IMDB periodically, ever since my some of my reviews were victims of plagiarism.
I am not sure why this film got so much hatred. Obviously, it didn't have the budget of films like "Dunkirk", "Hacksaw Ridge", and others like that, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from the big budget epics and dramas.
The acting in "War Pigs" was average really. Noah Segan and Luke Goss gave pretty good performances. Lundgren, well I'll give him credit for trying an accent, but it was pretty bad. I think Chuck Liddell, as he continues to take on more and more acting roles, keeps improving. Mickey Rourke pretty much did his "Rourke Routine", which isn't bad per se but it didn't fit well here. I liked Jake Stormoen and wish he had more screen time because he has some acting chops, which he got to show off more in the Mythica films.
The story is one we've all seen before - a ragtag band of soldiers have to shape up and tackle an assignment that will make or break them. Me personally, as long as it is entertaining, I don't mind seeing a story like this reused. Heck, why else would I watch "The Dirty Dozen" over and over again!? To a degree, I understand people who get bored of "tired, reused plots" but I'm always of the mind set that certain cliches, tropes, stereotypes and reused plots are like comfortable, broken-in, shoes.
It has a solid pace, another point people complained about that I didn't understand. I think it moved along quite well - with a small backstory, training and bonding montages, a bit of drama, and then a nice little action packed conclusion.
The combat scenes were pretty good. I think the hand to hand fighting was where the action scenes shined. Another point of disagreement I have with other reviews - the CGI. I think it was passable. The effects of fire, explosions, bullets ricocheting, blood/gore, and muzzle flashes were minimal so yes, you can notice them, but I don't think they were as egregious as some other film's poor use of CGI for the same effects.
"War Pigs" is the equivalent of an old 80's Macaroni Combat film from Italy. Don't expect tons of historical accuracy or even tons of historical authenticity. Don't expect Oscar worthy acting (and frankly the oscars are a joke anyway!) or deep, philosophically driven plot lines. If you don't get bogged down in the minutiae, I think you'll enjoy yourself.
I loved watching movies like this on Saturday afternoons and I hope I find more of this caliber. This was time well spent and I enjoyed it. So in this viewer's opinion, it's a good movie. 3.5 out of 5.