ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

While "Mercenaries" will be enjoying it's Premiere Screening tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, it's trailer has been out for a few days.

While the "mockbuster" obviously doesn't have the budget of, say, "Expendables 3", it id definitely a cut above most direct-to-video or VOD fare.

Which begs the question: Why is an upcoming action film starring legitimate action stars like Kristanna Loken, Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, Cynthia Rothrock, and Zoë Bell - as well as Nicole Bilderback not being given the marketing muscle films like "Expendables 3" get?

Directed by Christopher Ray and produced by David Michael Latt, David Rimawi and Paul Bales, "Mercenaries" is a "mockbuster" of "Expendables 3", in the tradition of The Asylum's recent film catalog. It is written by Edward DeRuiter.
In the film, a diplomatic official is captured and imprisoned while touring a war zone, so a team of elite female commandos is assembled to infiltrate a women's prison for a daring rescue.

While early glimpses of the film - as can plainly be seen by the trailer - look fun, the only question I have is why these kick-ass ladies - particularly, Rothrock, Loken and Bell - don't merit slots in high-profile franchises like "The Expendables" or a bigger-budget film of their own?

"Mercenaries" is in theaters and VOD August 8, 2014.


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