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Soldiers of Fortune

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent action movie tries to be smart but isn't.

Movie R 2012 94 minutes
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SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE has a good cast, and most of them try their best, but you have to wonder why any of them actually signed on for this lopsided movie. At first it seems to be a satire or a social commentary, inventing a real-life war game for rich people. But then it becomes concerned with the rich characters learning how to work together and growing less selfish. That would be fine if McCenzie had a similar arc, but his entire point is to get revenge against the man who messed up his life.

As for the writing and directing, Soldiers of Fortune seems to just go through the motions, copying whatever scenes or ideas seemed to work in other movies but which don't necessarily work again here. Characters' motivations are cloudy or nonsensical, and attempts to generate suspense range from frustrating to laughable. Perhaps the movie could have worked better if it had gone with a wickeder, more satirical worldview, but as it is, it has nothing to say.

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