Many reviews of this movie quite correctly point out clichéd characters & dialog and laughable 'action' sequences. These are quite true. Many also point out some degree of authenticity with equipment and this is also true to a point with the exception of a couple of fairly glaring errors.
The dreaded V3 this rag tag band are to find isn't a V-3 in the first instance. It's a normal (if gargantuan) German rail gun. Some reviewers have pointed this out, but then wax long & lyrical over the fact that it isn't a fixed weapon. The actual V3 was a fixed weapon, dug into a hillside but from a visual look would have been rather boring.
The use of the German vehicles is both welcome and grating. The half-track is quite authentic (probably one of the Czech rebuilds) as is the PzKpfw III. Two problems arise here. The German troops milling around wear SS camouflage and other accoutrements, the half- track on the other hand has a Wehrmacht licence plate. Possible, but improbable. The second issue is the Panzer III. We're told the movie is set in 1944 and the SS troops are, in some instances, armed with StG 44 assault rifles applicable to the timeframe. Why then are these elite troops saddled with an old Panzer? Produced in 1942/3, the Ausf M variant was most definitely a second line vehicle by this time and hardly the equipment of an SS unit.
Overall, one is reminded of the poorly made war movies of the 70s and 80s. Clichéd dialog, cookie-cutter characters and laughable scenarios.
Goss and Lundgren play good roles, some of their squad are likable types, although Noah Sagan's character Sgt Chambers would, I suspect, have been spending the war in Leavenworth rather than the front lines, given his complete lack of even the most basic military courtesy. How this whining know-it-all made it through basic, let alone achieve Sergeant is quite beyond me.
Mickey Rourke's 'character' (rather apt really) is a complete joke. Allegedly a colonel with WWI service, his personalised take on the concept is an insult to any officer rank and makes Duvall's character in Apocalypse Now seem like a graduate of West Point. As others have pointed out, if this laughable buffoon would have rolled into an officers' briefing with other ranks of his own level or above, he would more than likely be laughed out the door.
In closing, the ghost of Michael Dudikoff is alive and well.
Action / Drama / War
Action / Drama / War
Disgraced World War 2 Army Captain Jack Wosick is given the opportunity for redemption when asked to lead a rag-tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs on a secretmission 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 Captain Hans Picault, a German Anti-Nazi serving with the French Foreign Legion and Colonel AJ Redding, a battle hardened WW1 veteran, Jack must train, lead and earn the respect of his new squad to become a functioning reconnaissance unit.
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