The Wild Geese- July 13th

The Wild Geese (1978)
English- Action
Rated “R”
Runtime- 129 min.
dir. Andrew V. McLaglen

Well, I guess this is just about the only modern equivalent to The Expendables from a foreign country I’ve encountered, despite it being quite a bit older.  I don’t want to fulfill any kind of cliché, but it seems that the Brits managed to produce that genre of terrible, action-plastered, buddy/bromance kind of flick that I thought could only exist in the U.S., and they did it before us and performed just a little bit better.

Story/Writing: 1/2

Not thin, but not as poignant as it thinks it is.  British mercenaries are deployed to rescue an African politician from his detractors deep inside the sub-Saharan wilderness.  Their employers are less than trustworthy and have other interests at heart, blah, blah, blah.

Acting: 1.5/2

Richard Burton and Roger Moore are the two biggest headliners, but all of the leads do decent work.  Perhaps more focus could have been paid to fewer relationships, rather than trying to work out the feelings of all of the 10+ main characters.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Filming on “location” (in a made-up country, but at least in Africa) makes all of the settings realistic, but I know the desert isn’t that bright all the time.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Fairly realistic violence, but the attention to detail in the weapons wasn’t good.  If you know anything about modern weaponry, you would know that the sub-machine guns used by the mercs for most of the movie would not be as accurate as shown.  That said, you thankfully begin to forget about that very fact by the end.

Misc: 1/2

It would be better if about 25-40 minutes could have been shaved somewhere, because it isn’t worth the two hour plus runtime.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

Probably worth a watch if you’re into 60’s and 70’s blockbuster action movies, but there isn’t lasting quality built in.

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