With films focusing on war filmmakers continue to try and take different approaches in hopes that they bring something new to the genre. The latest, War Pigs brings in some recognizable action actors including Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Lidell, and Mickey Rourke, but does it have anything to offer more than just the war itself or will it be a battle not worth fighting?
War Pigs follows a disgraced World War 2 Army who is given the opportunity for redemption when asked to lead a rag-tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs on a secret mission to go behind enemy lines to uncover and capture a Nazi developed Super Weapon the V3, a massive artillery canon that would give the Nazis an insurmountable advantage against the Allies. With the help of a German Anti-Nazi serving with the French Foreign Legion and a battle hardened WW1 veteran, he must train, lead and earn the respect of his new squad to become a functioning reconnaissance unit. While there are numerous face actors here, the film actually belongs to Goss and Lundgren who are given most of the work. The film is decent enough with some good war action and a decent story, but with a cast like this you expect a lot more action than you actually get. The film spends the majority of the time with the training and character development, which is fine, but most people want more from a war film like this and this one just doesn’t offer up all that much. The action it does have works and Goss never fails to deliver some good action, but it isn’t enough to make this movie as exciting as it could have been.
Here they took the time for you to really get to know all of these soldiers, but took the clichéd route in story direction and never pushed the boundaries to allow it to step up more than average. If you love war films and this cast then give it a shot, its far from perfect but does serve as a decent one time viewing. Be warned that Rourke and Liddell are more cameos, so those hoping for a lot of screen time from these guys will be sorely mistaken, but you always have Lundgren to take up the slack with is always a plus.
Join the battle when War Pigs comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 1st.