Film Review: Renegades
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After being shelved for two years, this military heist directed by Steven Quale, and produced and co-written by Luc Besson finally saw the light of day this month. Yet aside from an exhilarating (if not formulaic) chase featuring a Soviet tank tearing through 1990s Sarajevo, and some impressive (if not overly lengthy) underwater filming, Renegades is just bad. The film, which uses the Bosnian war as backdrop, follows a team of US Navy SEALs as they embark on a rogue mission to retrieve sunken Nazi gold, with plans to split the profits with one of the SEALs’ love interests, a beautiful Bosnian woman with very few speaking lines, who had sought their help in recovering this treasure. The scale and staging of the first fifteen minutes set a promising tone, but this just serves to set expectations at a bar which the remainder of the film misses by a mile. The first sequence has no bearing on the rest of the film, which suddenly decides it wants to be a heist movie rather than a military action. The tone never settles, rendering the comical scenes not that funny, and the emotive scenes not that affecting; everything is clumsily strung together in an amateurish and lacklustre manner. Surprising and disappointing, given the budget and the minds behind the production.
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