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Sarajevo in 1995: Actually the US-Navy SEAL unit of Matt Barnes (Sullivan Stapleton) is stationed in former Yugoslavia to hunt war criminals on behalf of NATO. But after a completely out of control operation the men are to be pulled off. But then they hear from the local Lara (Sylvia Hoecks), who has a secret affair with Matt's Kammeraden Stanton (Charlie Bewley), about a lost treasure of gold that has been lying at the bottom of the nearby lake since the Second World War. The men are supposed to help her recover the million-dollar treasure - but they're not the only ones looking for the gold…
Hidden behind "Renegades - Mission of Honor" may be a very prominent name, as star director Luc Besson is responsible for the script and production. And yet the film is the best proof that the summer slump is making itself felt in the cinema. Otherwise such a B-movie would never have been shown on the big screen. The action is pretty good and especially the underwater set is really impressive. It's just a shame that apparently the whole budget was spent on it, because there isn't much left for the script. There is no other way to explain the terrible dialogues, which alternate beautifully with stale clichés on a regular basis.
There are too many scenes in which you just roll your eyes as a spectator, annoyed, so that every entertainment value that arises is immediately nipped in the bud. Moreover, the production looks as if it somehow got stuck in the 80s. You'd expect Michael Dudikoff to turn the corner at any moment - if you've grown up with the typical mercenary action films that flooded video stores in the 80s and 90s, you'll know what I mean after just a few minutes. That may have a certain charm, but in the end it's the same as the action and the set: the bad script and the actors' performances, which aren't exactly Oscar-worthy, destroy any potential for a really good action hit.
Admittedly, there are some scenes in which "Renegades - Mission of Honor" works quite well and can even entertain properly. But the bottom line is that only very average B-goods have been produced here, which are easily consumed, but are also quickly forgotten again. To the movies? Don't be. Only very conditionally worth seeing!
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