Christian Slater stars as Captain Craig McCenzie, a disgraced special forces officer hand-picked to lead the ultimate extreme vacation. Five super-rich thrill-seekers have paid a premium to have themselves inserted into a real-life military mission: delivering weapons to the besieged rebels of an island stronghold. But when the plan backfires and all hell breaks loose, McCenzie and his squad of amateur soldiers find themselves fighting a furious battle to survive.
From first time director Maxim Korostyshevsky comes Solders of Fortune the story of an experience for the rich and elite classes to take part in real warfare, for a price, of course. The idea is the brainchild of two siblings who are attempting to raise funds to overthrow the tyrannical leader of their small island home. The tycoons rich enough and stupid enough to take part in the experience include the likes of Sean Bean, James Cromwell and Dominic Monaghan.
Christian Slater, an ex-solider himself, acts as the bodyguard to this millionaire’s military, who find themselves in all manner of close calls, battles and fight scenes throughout the movie.
Fans of this type of unimaginative warfare action movie might think that the premise behind Solders of Fortune is a clever one with a fair amount of fun and potential. These people would be wrong.
Even for an action movie this film is clumsy, clunky and poorly executed. The appearance of genuine Hollywood stars like Bean and Slater does little to boost the movies entertainment value, as the bad script, shocking fight choreography and generally unimpressive direction leave them simply running around waving their guns in a fairly unbelievable and seemingly hap-hazard manner. It is as though what we were presented with was in fact the rehearsals, some cheap dry run version of what should have been a big Hollywood action piece.