Next week, The Expendables 3 will offer a third round of well-aged testosterone and yet another reminder that the long-promised The Expendabelles is nowhere near production. But fret not, the Asylum has got you covered.
The “mockbuster” studio may have crowded video store shelves (remember those) and Netflix Instant screens with the likes of Transmorphers or Snakes on a Train, but this time out, it looks like they might be offering an actual public service with next week’s release, Mercenaries which has a pretty good-looking trailer.
The cast is great: Zöe Bell (Death Proof), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja), Nicole Bilderback (Bring it On), and the legendary Cynthia Rothrock (China O’Brien) all star in this twist on the “ex-cons have dragged out of jail to kill the bad guy” story. In this case, it’s Nielsen doing dirt as a terrorist who kidnaps a diplomat, so there’s that.
The production value looks, well, like an Asylum film, but as long as things blow up and these ladies get the chance to be the ones responsible for the explosions, then I’m all in.
As a martial arts fan who grew up watching lots of low-budget American-produced stuff from movie brawlers like Jeff Speakman or pre-Buddhism Segal, I’m especially excited to see Rothrock in this cast. I’m hoping that her lack of any sort of ass-kickery in the trailer is just an oversight because why would you cast China O’Brien in your movie and not let her fight, Asylum?
Mercenaries will be in theaters and on demand August 8.
[Source: Live for Films]