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Mercenaries is a 2014 action film by The Asylum, essentially a distaff version of The Expendables starring Kristanna Loken, Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, Cynthia Rothrock, Zoë Bell, and Nicole Bilderback. While visiting Kazakhstan, the daughter of the president is kidnapped by a female warlord, Ulrika, and held for ransom. Because Ulrika distrusts men, the normal operatives are of no use, so Mona Kendall of the CIA (Rothrock) recruits four women in prison with unique skills to save the president's daughter.

This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Four women with military and other combat experience are recruited by the CIA to serve on a secret mission against female warlord Ulrika, who is herself an example.
  • The Alcatraz: Ulrika's base of operations is a supposedly unassailable former Soviet prison known as the Citadel.
  • Amazon Brigade: The President's daughter is captured and imprisoned while touring a war zone, so a team of female Boxed Crook combat experts is assembled to infiltrate the compound of the female warlord holding her hostage for a daring rescue.
  • The Baroness: The Amazonian villainess Ulrika is of the "Rosa Klebb" sort, not using her sexuality and generally being a man-hater.
  • Boxed Crook: The four women are offered pardons for their crimes if they can rescue the president's daughter.
  • Car Cushion: After being shot by Ulrika, Clay falls backwards off the roof of the Citadel and lands on top of a truck.
  • Cutlery Escape Aid: Elise grabs the knife that arrived with her food and uses it to hold Ulrika hostage and threatens to kill her unless the guards let her go. It fails because Ulrika calls her bluff and Elise does not have the nerve to actually kill her.
  • Demolitions Expert: Mei Lin's specialty.
  • Does Not Like Men: Ulrika does not trust men, and definitely has a thing for women.
  • The Dragon: Grigori is the one man that Ulrika trusts.
  • Excuse Plot: Four criminals recruited to save the president's daughter from a misandrist warlord... how can this go wrong?
  • Flipping the Table: During the poker game in the motor pool, Raven kicks the table over to prevent Grigori from getting a clear shot at her while she jumps him.
  • Girls with Guns: All four women have their preferred gun, but they seem willing to fire whatever is handy.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Clay smashes a bottle over the head of one of Ulrika's mooks during the fight in the old woman's home.
  • Guns Akimbo: Raven usually wields an automatic in each hand. In the motor pool, she quick draws both of them and simultaneously shoots the men sitting either side of her; without looking at either one of them.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • The bad guys spray the protagonists down with automatic fire several times, and no one takes a hit.
    • Although Grigori later takes a minigun to a set of hastily-armed prisoners and mows them all down easily.
  • Job Title
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Raven completely blows the team's attempt to covertly infiltrate the Citadel by drawing her twin Glocks and starting blasting the first time they encounter sentries.
  • The Magazine Rule: Mei-Lin reads a publication called Cold War Architectural Digest.
  • The Mole: Raven fairly predictably turns on the others and makes a deal with Ulrika
  • Mockbuster: A gender-swapped mockbuster of The Expendables. Oddly enough, unlike most of their mockbusters, this is one of the few of their mockbusters that serve as a mockbuster of an ENTIRE series even though the mockbuster itself is just one movie.
  • Neck Snap: Clay performs a fairly effortless one on one of the mooks.
  • Outside Ride: Clay jumps onto the back of the truck carrying the missiles before jumping off to ambush the drivers when they stop.
  • Pop the Tires: Kat shoots out the tyre on the truck carrying the missiles to cause it to swerve into the ambush.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Though it's not explicit, ruthless warlord Ulrika is clearly into other women.
  • Secret Underground Passage: There is a secret passage leading from the Citadel to the church in the village. Fortunately for the team, Mei-Lin reads Cold War Architectural Digest.
  • Self-Surgery: After using her knife to extract the implanted chip, Clay stitches herself up with a needle and thread she borrows from an old woman.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Three of the women are in jail for charges relating to them wreaking vengeance on men who spread pain in the world. Raven just likes getting paid to kill people.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Part of their plan for getting in involves faking Mei Lin as a prisoner.