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Film / American Renegades

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Set during the aftermath of the Bosnian War. A Navy SEAL team fresh off capturing a war criminal find themselves enlisted by a local woman, seeking funds to rebuild the country, to retrieve Nazi Gold from the bottom of a dam.

This film contains examples of:

  • Ace Pilot: Detroit Turner is the most decorated pilot in the Navy, having won 14 medals for heroism, and refueled a plane with one engine in mid-flight.
  • Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Levine enjoys beginning conversations where he's about to congratulate or reward the team by sounding stern and listing things they did wrong.
  • Bald of Awesome: Levine.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Levine sends a Gunship Rescue moment at the end, right as Petovic has the drop on the team.
    Levine: You degenerates do realize that you would be dead, if I had not sent Detroit to the rescue?
  • Blatant Lies: Matt tells Levine that they were going to file a full report about the gold as soon as they'd secured it. Levine doesn't buy it.
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  • The Cavalry: Levine sends in a gunship which kills Petrovic and his men right as their about to kill Matt. When he's chewing them out, he points out that they would have died if he hadn't showed up.
  • Cliché Storm: A common complaint about the film was that it didn't have many original elements.
  • Death Glare: Petrovic's default expression.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Petrovic, after General Milic is captured.
  • General Ripper: General Milic, who the team captures at the beginning, orders various atrocities among his men and is trying to cover it up.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Both the Nazi's who hid the gold in the first place (and were then killed when partisans blew a dam up to drown them) and General Milic, whose capture causes his Petrovic to pursue the team to avenge him.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: Lara's grandfather.
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  • Justified Criminal: The gold is from France, but could do a lot of gold is Bosnia.
  • Keep the Reward: In the end, the SEAL's give their share of the money to Lara.
  • Nazi Gold: The target of the team's mission.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Matt's daughter died in a car accident a few years ago, causing him to become estranged from his wife, who was driving.
  • Tank Goodness: The team hijacks a tank during their abduction of Milic.
  • Reality Ensues: Once Admiral Levine finds out what the team is doing, he returns the gold to the French government. Half of it, anyway.
  • The Smart Guy: Ben, who calculates the price of the gold and how to get it out of the lake.
  • Sole Survivor: Lara's grandfather was the only survivor of his town, once the Nazi's made sure to Leave No Witnesses to hiding the gold.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Admiral Levine, who mostly abides by the book but appreciates the teams accomplishments.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Detroit's Ace Pilot status is confidently pointed out by his co-pilot Rainey when Levine threatens to have him dishonorably discharged unless he reveals what the SE Al's are up to, with Rainey arguing that Detroit is too valuable to get rid of like that. Levine agrees, and then points out that this isn't true of Rainey himself, however, which scares Rainey into talking.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Lara's brother is last seen as a prisoner of Petrovic, inadvertently clueing him in on where to look for the main characters.

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