Top film mercenaries

Predators- the latest offering from Robert Rodriguez and a bold new chapter in the Predator universe- hits UK cinemas on the 8th July.

Shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez, it stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realise they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien predators.

Inspired and excited, we take a look at some of the best mercenary characters of the last 30 years…

Boba Fett, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980

Boba Fett is a character in the Star Wars fictional universe. A bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader to find the Millennium Falcon, he is a major villain in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

The Star Wars Expanded Universe expands on Fett’s origins and career as a bounty hunter.  In 2008, Boba Fett was selected by Empire magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. He was also included on Fandomania’s list of The 100 Greatest Fictional Characters.

Boba Fett quote- ‘As you wish’

Creasy, Man On Fire, 1987

A wealthy Italian family hires Creasy (Scott Glenn) as a bodyguard for their young daughter, out of fear that she may be kidnapped. Creasy is a mercenary, turned alcoholic, who takes up the work. His new job, and his relationship with the young daughter, soon gives him a new lease of life, giving meaning to his previously money focused, shallow, unfulfilling lifestyle.

Creasy is even spurred to give up his drinking and return to his former physical prowess. But Creasy’s life is shattered when Pinta, the young girl he is looking after, is kidnapped by the Mafia, despite his efforts to protect her. The mercenary will stop at nothing to find her and repay those that took her. A 2004 remake starring Denzel Washington also exists.

Creasy quote- ‘Revenge is a meal best served cold’

Danny Archer, Blood Diamond, 2006

Blood Diamond tells the story of the illegal diamond trade in African war zones- whereby diamonds are mined and sold to finance conflicts, profiting both warlords and diamond companies across the world, but severely damaging the local civilians who are often enslaved into both the diamond mining and the fighting that it finances.

Danny Archer, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a white mercenary born in Rhodesia  (today Zimbabwe), who makes his living by trading arms for diamonds with an RUF commander. His primary concern throughout the film is acquiring a large diamond that one of the enslaved workers has discovered, and Danny wastes no time in befriending and helping him go on the run, his only intention being monetary gain despite the African’s desperate plight.

Danny Archer quote- ‘In America, it’s bling bling. But out here it’s bling bang’

John Seeger, Mercenary For Justice, 2006

John Seeger (Seagal) is a soldier of fortune with a reputation for getting the job done. When the son of a billionaire arms dealer is locked away in a South African prison with little hope for freedom, the enraged father uses his far-reaching power and influence to force Seeger into a daring rescue mission.

There’s much more to this adventure than Seeger knows, though, and upon discovering that he has been hung out to dry by the manipulative extortionist, Seeger sets out to prove that when it comes to the matters of honour, you simply don’t mess with the best in the business.

John Seeger quote- ‘You got any last words?

Toorop, Babylon AD, 2008

Vin Diesel stars as Toorop, a mercenary hired to protect and bring a mysterious girl named Aurora to New York. Toorop is a bounty hunter of sorts, with a history of terrorism that got him banned from the United States for all time, displaying hints of a background in military action. Should he complete his mission, his reward of a clear passport and a wad of cash would effectively re-invent his life.

He is famous for having a strict moral code that defines his reactions to the situations that he is forced to deal with. When unprovoked, he shows flashes of a gentle intellect beneath the killer’s eyes. But when provoked he is fully trained to deal with any situation and protect Aurora at all costs.

Toroop quote- ‘You need two things to live in this business, your balls and your word’

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One comment

  1. Babylon AD? Aaaaaalright…

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