The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun) Reviews
July 27, 2014
just another forgettable movie, sorry
January 14, 2013
A mostly forgotten gem of a film that truly deserves to be more widely seen as it doesn't even have an English region 2 dvd release, which is a travesty owing to the British talent involved. Rod Taylor is perfect playing a tough soldier-of-fortune with a good heart, likewise big Jim Brown as his sidekick and Ken More as the missions alcoholic doctor. If you can get hold of a region 1 copy, which probably won't be cheap, but it will be worth it, as this is one of the best war films ever made, with fantastic direction, gut wrenching tension and brutal action. A theatrical re-release would be a real treat as the film hasn't hardly aged at all.
August 27, 2012
Even the commonly available, edited version is great. ...on the lookout for the uncut version...
January 27, 2012
good miltary actioner
December 22, 2011
Pretty good mercenary movie, based on a Wilbur Smith novel. Certainly better than Wild Geese and Dogs of War. Reasonable plot, good action, well paced. Does get bogged down in empty sentimentality towards the end, but otherwise is fine.
Rod Taylor puts in a convincing performance as the all-action no-nonsense Captain Curry. Good performances all round.
August 6, 2011
The Mercenaries' poster (or Dark of the Sun that I saw this under) reeks of 70s exploitation. A no holds barred grindhouse war movie. That's what I expected to see & even if you do get the fight w/ the chainsaw involved this movie has a lot more heart & scruples then the advertisement leads you to believe. Jim Brown is one of the most loyal soldiers Ive seen but he's still cool @ the same time & even our soldier of fortune Rod Taylor find his moral balance...Mostly noted for having some influence on Inglorious Basterds but I don't think I have seen Tarantino's spaghetti war homage enough to find them
January 25, 2010
Here is a film thats tough as nails and once it ends your inner voice is screaming about how fucking incredible those 100 minutes of your life were just spent. The opening credits alone are worth the price of admission, with a incredible theme composed by Jacques Loussier. As soon as the film was over i had to rewatch those credits just to hear that beautiful piece of music. Taking place during the Simba revolt, Rod Taylor and Jim Brown are hired by the president of the Congo to journey into hostile territory, retrive millions of dollars worth of diamonds and rescue the mostly white population of a isolated village.
Rod Taylor looking every bit of a buff Robin Williams is without a doubt one of the coolest togh guys in a leading mans role. Jim Brown brings sensitivity to his role as Taylors right hand man Ruffalo, who does what he does for the love of his country. Peter Carsen makes your skin crawl as the ex-nazi whos recruited to be the military power to back up Taylor and Browns mission. This is absolutly one of the best Mercenary films ive ever watched. The viloence is still shocking by today standards. This is one fucked up film in that aspect. i can only imagine how people reacted to it when the film first ran in 68.
October 3, 2009
ROD TAYLOR YVETTE MIMIEUX JIM BROWN are electrifying brilliant in this very tough, violent, atmospheric tough action adventure set in the Congo of the 1960s. Probably the greatest WAR film ever made has outstanding plot, tension, direction, music and a cast that deserved to win many oscars. Major screen chemistry between ROD TAYLOR (always excellent)
and Jim Brown as 2 respectful mercenaries with a tough job to carry out.
Jim Brown the leading Black American actor of the 1960s and 1970s was
at his best as Ruffo who is vindicated by Captain Curry (Rod Taylor).
ROD TAYLOR and YVETTE MIMIEUX were first paired magically on screen
in the All time classic film Geoge Pal's TIME MACHINE in 1960.
February 27, 2009
A now cult classic action-adventure film that deserves to be seen by a much wider audience. Rod Taylor at his best, I think, playing the tough-as-nails guy, rather than the more gentlemanly roles he'd played earlier -- though he's fine in them, too. See if for its terrific action, performances, intriguing story, and to see the authentic locales in Africa -- quite unusual for the time.
October 26, 2007
An astounding-for-its-time film, with some EXTREMELY brutal and realistic violence, some extreme pessimism and cynicism, and some very heavy inspiration for Dogs of War later in the 80s. Fantastic action sequences, some great DP work, interesting performances, very little cliche, and definitely worth finding if you can. Bad-ass and rough, just the way a Mercenary film should be!
September 9, 2007
Great action scenes! Especially the train massacre
July 15, 2007
I hope that it is good