Monday 24 September 2012
DVD review: Merchants of War (1989)
Commandos Nick Drennen (Asher Brauer) and Frank Kane (Jesse Vint) were friends in war, in peace and beyond enemy lines. One last job gone bad delivers them into the hands of vicious terrorist criminals, Despite torture and insurmountable odds, Drennen escapes, Two tasks remain: rescue his friend and pay back the pain in blood. Merchants Of War is written by Asher Brauer and Erik Weston and is directed by Peter M. Mackenzie. The acting is decent but there are also some real bad acting, especially from Adrian Waldron who plays the main bad guy Musa Atwa he is pretty dreadful in this. It´s professionally shot and edited. After a strong start the movie pretty soon loses it pace and becomes pretty dull if not plain boring as it gets talky and nothing happens for some time. The action is pretty good, lots of guns, shootouts and explosions but the filmmakers have chosen the most annoying piece of music for these scenes and it´s played so loud that it´s hard to hear dialogue and even the shooting which irritating. There is brief gore in the form of squibs as people get shot, get their throats cut and get hung on meat hooks. In the T & A department there is some topless nudity and a sexscene.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Platinum Disc.
Rating: 2½ out of 7. Merchants Of War is decent entertainment for the moment if you are a fan of 1980´s action flicks .