Fantasy Flicks: The Xpendable Ones: Prisoners of Warr
Back in October I shared with you my first Fantasy Flick here on the site, it was called The Xpendable Ones.
Yes, it is a blatant rip off of The Expendables and it used many of the action stars that have so far been snubbed by the Sylvester Stallone franchise.
But as I was writing this idea for a movie that is completely fictitious, I couldn’t help but already have ideas for the next chapter in my head. I guess this is an old habit from my days working behind the scenes in independent wrestling.
So now I present to you the next chapter in The Xpendable Ones francshise… The Xpendable Ones: Prisoners of Warr!
For those of you who missed the idea for the original film and want all the details you can click here. For those of you who want a quick recap here it is, Fred James (Carl Weathers) leads his team of Xpendable Ones into the jungles of Val Verde to rescue his daughter, a reporter who was working on a story in Val Verde and used as a pawn by the evil President Varela (Lorenzo Lamas).
As you might expect, the good guys won in the end, Fred James got his daughter back safely, but The Xpendable Ones did have one sacrifice… the martial arts expert of the group “Chop” Saki (Sho Kosugi) lost his life in the mission.
The eccentric Premier of the Eastern Eurpean nation of Kreblakistan, Warren “Warr” Bardoux (Olivier Gruner) had some big money deals with President Varela of Val Verde. When Varela was killed and his regime overthrown by the Xpendable Ones, Fred James and his men created an enemy out of Warr Bardoux. While Varela was always a hot head, Bardoux is more of a cold and calculated villain. He finds the son of Yoshi “Chop” Saki, Hiro Saki (Kane Kosugi) and convinces him that Fred James is to blame for the death of his father. Hiro, blinded by emotion and grief, believes what Premier Bardoux has to say and assists him in getting revenge on The Xpendable Ones.
Hiro Saki orders his army of ninja assassins to abduct each member of The Xpendable Ones, with the exception of their leader Fred James. The movie opens with the abduction of each The Xpendable Ones… Dale Augustus (Michael Jai White), Wildey Johnson (Casper Van Dien), Detour (Stone Cold Steve Austin) and even James’ right hand man, Ray Easter (Michael Dudikoff). Each of them is taken by the ninjas to the fortress of Bardoux in Kreblakistan.
There is one member of the Saki Dojo that does not believe their original master Yoshi “Chop” Saki, would condone the abduction of his fellow Xpendable Ones, nor does he believe Fred James is responsible for Chop’s death. This ninja is Riki Tatsu (Mark Dacascos). He abandons the rest of his clan and heads to the United States to contact Fred James.
James is not sure he can trust Tatsu, but Tatsu has been to Bardoux’s fortress and the inside information would be useful if James hopes to rescue his friends and take out Bardoux. One problem… they need a plane to get them to Kreblakistan. So James calls on his old friend Chappy (Louis Gossett Jr)
When James and Tatsu arrive at Chappy’s, he is in no condition to help… but he tells James about a pilot who is crazy enough to fly him to Kreblakistan, a pilot he personally mentored, that pilot is Ace Douglas (Jason Gedrick). Yes, I have worked in an Iron Eagle reunion of sorts but it is my Fantasy Flick and I’ll do as I wish.
With that said, I was going to cast Robert Ginty as X (short for Exterminator) as Warr’s sadistic sidekick, but then I remembered that Ginty died back in 2009. So while I have one foot firmly in fantasty land, the other is in reality.
I am biased when I say this, but I believe this is a quality sequel. New characters are introduced, we have a quality cameo from Louis Gossett Jr. and there is an army of ninjas!
It also gives the extremely talented and charismatic Carl Weathers, a chance to be the top billed star again. Something he deserved more than he got in his career, especially in the 80’s and into the 90’s.