Renegades (2017)

The wife was out, the boy asleep in bed, a rather attractive bottle of red was warming by the fire and I was settling down exhausted. I wanted a film that was not taxing, in the slightest.

Renegades (2017) has been sitting in my “to watch” pile for about a year and it just fit the bill, if I didn’t watch it this evening then there is no telling when the mood would take me again.

Featuring J.K. Simmons, one of the guys from the TV show Strike Back and a chick from Blade Runner 2049 (that I honestly can’t remember.) I half expected to make it about 20 minutes before swapping this for some else.

Instead, I sat with a pretty stupid grin on my face as a pack of likable, macho dudes got up to no good in Sarajevo. Think George Clooney’s Three Kings mixed with an equal measure of a direct to video actioner like Operation Delta Force IV and throw a few more million dollars at it. I was pretty taken back by how watchable this was and noted that this is written by Luc Besson and from the team that made Taken and The Equaliser.

The plot is simple whilst also intriguing. A group of Navy Seals stumbles across the legend of some Nazi gold that was lost when the allies blew up a dam that submerged a town.

Everything about this movie is lightweight. The action is almost family friendly but never quite hits a spectacular level. The characters are fleshed out as much as the plot needs to carry forward. I can’t say if the Navy Seals are portrayed to any level of accuracy, however, I would imagine the professional soldering and militaristic conduct was ignored… completely

The dialogue, wisecracks, and jokes were likely written in the car on the way to the set, however, the script does not sink to the level of littering F-bombs throughout, in fact, I can’t recollect any coarse language at all, which is refreshing. The cast seems to be enjoying everything that is going and put in the effort to make things work.

I can not imagine many will go out of their way to see this, however, Renegades is about as close to the Saturday matinee of the ’80s as I have seen in a long time. I’m surprised Gerard Burger isn’t amongst the cast.