Renegades (2017 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Quale
Written by
  • Luc Besson
  • Richard Wenk
Produced byLuc Besson
Raphaël Benoliel
CinematographyBrian Pearson
Edited byFlorent Vassault
Music byÉric Serra
Distributed byEuropaCorp Distribution (France)
Universum Film (Germany)[3]
Lionsgate Home Entertainment (United States)
Release date
  • September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01) (Germany)
  • September 6, 2017 (2017-09-06) (France)
Running time
105 minutes
  • France
  • Germany[1]
  • United States
Budget€66.2 million
($77.5 million)[4]
Box office$2.2 million[5]

Renegades, known as American Renegades in the United States, is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Steven Quale and written by Luc Besson and Richard Wenk. The film stars Sullivan Stapleton, J. K. Simmons and Charlie Bewley, and follows a team of Navy SEALs who are asked to salvage Nazi gold stored in a bank vault in a submerged town at the bottom of a Bosnian lake.[6] It was released on 1 September 2017 in Germany and 29 August 2018 in France and in the United States on January 22, 2019 on Blu-ray and DVD by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


In August 1944, German forces decide to move captured paintings and about 25 tons of gold ingots from Paris to a safe location. The gold is then transported to the small Bosnian town of Bosansko Grahovo where it is put into the bank vault. German forces arrest all townspeople, while a little boy escapes.

In 1995 Sarajevo a team of U.S. Navy SEALs disguised as journalists capture and extract Serb general Milić who is responsible for numerous atrocities. However, their covert operation is compromised and the team is forced to escape the pursuing Serbs in a tank, causing extensive damage through the city. Back in the base, the team is reprimanded for their actions and put on a three-day leave. A member of the team, Stanton Baker, has a romance with a local waitress Lara and goes to her place. Soon after that, some thugs led by Lara's brother Milenko enter and demand something from her. Luckily, team leader Matt Barnes arrives to fight off the thugs and Lara then decides to reveal that the thugs were after the gold ingot she is keeping, worth about $150,000.

She explains that her grandfather was the only one who survived the massacre of civilians in Grahovo, stole a gold ingot and buried it before he was found by the Partisans who blew up the dam and flooded the town as the revenge for the German massacre. She reveals that there were at least 2,000 gold ingots, worth at least $300 million which would greatly benefit the local people in a war-torn country.

The team decides to retrieve the gold from the vault, now well below the water. By using their connection inside the base, they get the necessary equipment and transport it to the lake which lies deep in the enemy territory. Meanwhile, the thugs, led by Lara's brother, search her flat, find the gold, and show it to the local commander of the Serbian forces who decides to stop the SEAL team. The SEAL team establishes the air pocket inside a church and manages to break into the vault only to discover that it contains only ten gold ingots instead of 2,000 as stated by Lara. However, they find a covered opening in a wall where the rest of the gold is hidden. They then transport the gold to the surface by using an air-filled cargo parachute. The helicopter arrives just in time to fend off the enemy forces and the gold is then safely flown into the base. Half of the gold is then returned to France while the other half is sold and money distributed to the team, with Lara receiving majority of the sum. However, the team members decide to give their shares to Lara and then head to the bar.



On September 30, 2014, it was announced that EuropaCorp had hired Steven Quale to direct the Navy SEALs action thriller The Lake from a screenplay written by Luc Besson and Richard Wenk.[6] On March 2, 2015, Sullivan Stapleton was set to play the lead role.[7] J. K. Simmons, Charlie Bewley and Diarmaid Murtagh were added to the cast of the film.[8] Sylvia Hoeks, Joshua Henry and Dimitri Leonidas also joined the cast of the film.[9]

Filming began on April 30, 2015.[10]

The film received funds of €5 million, from the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), as well as €275,000 from the Bavarian Film Fund (FFF Bayern).[11][12]


In March 2015, EuropaCorp set the film for a July 15, 2016, release.[13] In February 2016, the film was pushed back to January 20, 2017. In May 2016, the film was pushed back to January 27, 2017, and again in early November 2016 pushed to February 3, 2017, and the title of the film was changed to Renegades.[14] In January 2017, the film was pushed back again to September 1, 2017.[15] In July, the film was moved from September 1, 2017 to an undetermined release date.[15] Lionsgate Home Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray and DVD on January 22, 2019 under the title American Renegades.[16]


Box office[edit]

Renegades has grossed $2.2 million worldwide[5] against a production budget of $77.5 million.[4]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 11% rating based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 4.17/10.[17]

Renegades was panned by critics for its far-fetched narrative, script, lack of action and "gung-ho" themes. Several critics compared the film unfavourably to the 1980s action television series The A-Team. However, the performance of J.K. Simmons was praised.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Renegades (2017)". Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Film #72689: Renegades". Lumiere. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes pulvérise le record du film français le plus cher". Cineuropa - le meilleur du cinéma européen (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Renegades". Box Office Mojo. Amazon. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b McNary, Dave (September 30, 2014). "'Into the Storm' Director Enlists in Navy SEAL Thriller 'The Lake' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  7. ^ a b McNary, Dave (March 2, 2015). "Sullivan Stapleton to Star in 'The Lake' for EuropaCorp". Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e Busch, Anita (March 23, 2015). "J.K. Simmons Leads Navy SEALs Charlie Bewley & Diarmaid Murtagh In Luc Besson's 'The Lake'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e A. Lincoln, Ross (April 1, 2015). "Matt Lanter Boards 'USS Indianapolis' With Nicolas Cage; Two More Jump In 'The Lake'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "On the Set for 5/4/15: Independence Day 2 Starts Shooting While Directors Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese Wrap Their Films". May 4, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  11. ^ "DFFF Aktuell" [DFFF News] (in German). Deutscher Filmförderfonds. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  12. ^ Blaney, Martin (2015-08-04). "'Captain America: Civil War' benefits from new German funding". Screen International. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (March 6, 2015). "Naomi Watts' 'Shut In,' Sullivan Stapleton's 'The Lake' Set 2016 Release Dates". Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 1, 2016). "EuropaCorp Navy SEALs Movie 'Renegades' To Touch Down Super Bowl Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Theatrical Movie Schedule Additions and Changes". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "AMERICAN RENEGADES - On Blu-ray and DVD January 22!" – via
  17. ^ "Renegades (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 24, 2020.

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