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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Soldiers of Fortune has a subplot about learning not to be selfish and working together -- but the main storyline is about revenge.
Positive Role Models
Several greedy, selfish, self-involved billionaires learn to be less selfish and how to work together in a tense situation. On the downside, one of them is a traitor, and the main character only resolves his troubled storyline by killing the man who wronged him.
Violence & Scariness
Many powerful weapons and lots of shooting, with much spurting blood as bullets impact human flesh. In a harrowing scene, evil soldiers attack a village, blowing up buildings and shooting unarmed civilians. A man is shot by a tank. Many characters, including some of the main supporting characters, die. A character has a bullet painfully removed from his leg. Violent video games are shown and/or described, with titles like Death Porn and Baby Killer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Language is fairly infrequent but includes a few "f--k"s, plus at least one "s--t" and the occasional use of "bitch," "bastard," "ass," "piss," "hell," "goddamn," "screw you," and innuendo like "losing your cherry." Characters also say "Jesus Christ" in tense situations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking whisky, beer, wine, cognac, and champagne in a background, social way. No one gets drunk. Characters also smoke expensive cigars in more than one scene. Cognac is used to disinfect a wound and to help ease the pain of a man with a bullet in his leg.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Soldiers of Fortune -- an underwhelming action movie with a war setting -- has lots of weapons and heavy shooting, with lots of spurting blood. Characters die. Language is strong, though not constant, and includes both "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink alcohol from time to time, but in a background way, with no drunkenness. Supporting characters learn to work together and to be less selfish, but the main character's motivation is revenge. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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