“Fifty/Fifty” is a thoroughly mediocre action film that fails to hit the required tongue-in-cheek tone. Obviously video-driven pic marks an inauspicious return of Cannon Pictures to the theatrical marketplace after an eight-monthhiatus.
Peter Weller and Robert Hays topline as soldiers of fortune in the Far East who are commandeered by the CIA for a mission to depose evil Gen. Bosavi (Dom Magwili) as ruler of the nation of Tengara.
They cornily train the green troops of rebel leader Akhantar (Kay Tong Lim) while vying for the romantic affections of his niece (Ramona Rahman). Of course the CIA doublecrosses them and naturally the duo singlehandedly save the day.
Structured as an old-fashioned buddy romp, pic shamelessly imitates “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to ill effect. Charles Martin Smith gives a very wishy- washy reading of the nominal CIA bureaucrat bad guy and directs the film in similarly “who cares?” fashion.
Weller is bland (he was far more expressive in the recent direct-to-video release “Sunset Grill”), while Hays, with perennial chin stubble, is comic relief. Stunts and other tech credits for this Malaysian-lensed opus are adequate.