Despite spanning fifty years and two major European wars, this action heist adventure has zero interest in history or politics and is all the more entertaining for it.
However the backdrop does allow for an early storming action scene, seeing a real tank cause carnage during a city chase is always good fun and the underwater sequences are fresh.
Set in and around Sarajevo during the Bosnian conflict of 1995, it’s an updated riff on Clint Eastwood’s Second World War caper, Kelly’s heroes, which was similarly filmed in the former Yugoslavia.
The larky humour and hard hitting violence is winningly played with a straight face throughout.
Gruff Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton is the shaven headed and alarmingly unfazed leader of a group of renegade US navy SEALS who attempt to liberate a lost cache of Nazi gold from a lake.
Meanwhile Dutch model Sylvia Hoeks plays the love interest and J. K. Simmons is their exasperated commanding officer.