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It's B-movie neophytes trying to sell a slick, but hollow scenario for a high-concept genre hybrid. American Renegades might look good on paper, but it's pretty tiresome on the screen.
Offers a particularly dumb kind of gung-ho Ugly Americanism...
Quale and his crew clearly want this to be a good old-fashioned two-fisted caper, but the pacing is leaden and the plot lacks imagination. Worst of all, nobody really bothered to give the picture an angle. It's all straight, flat and dull.
"American Renegades" could use some seasoning to go with its meatheadeness.
There is a spectacular scene in which someone drives a tank off a bridge, and JK Simmons gives the film some ballast as the guys' scowling commanding officer, but the rest of the time this resembles a TV movie of egregious averageness.
The film's throwback vibe might have yielded more laughs or thrills if it wasn't so aggressively dumb.
Another of Luc Besson's compact, lightweight action movies, this one has a bit too much bravado, but it ultimately finds its way and provides a measure of silly, breezy fun.
It's all flat and silly, watching Besson and Wenk try to approximate the standard military thriller without putting in the work to make it feel authentic or even passably ridiculous.
While action films are known to have incredible over the top plots, the plot here is a bit too far-fetched to wrap one's heads around it.
Its heroes' macho joshing is dumb enough to make The A-Team sound like the Algonquin Round Table.
It's amiable stuff, but rather infantile - about as hard-bitten and plausible as an episode of The A-Team, and with a similar standard of acting.
The kind of gung-ho malarkey you don't often see these days.
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