I was a bit surprised this film didn't have a thread of its own yet, though at the same time I only heard a single blurb of it around comic-con before some previews this week.
To simplify, it's what The Expendables really should have been. A bunch of older CIA agents considered RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) are being killed off and a group of the ones still alive band together to figure out why.
The plot isn't important and the film only spends as much time as necessary, really. Yet at the same time you don't feel chump-changed for it. You get enough, but part of that I think is because of the characters, something that The Expendables severely lacked.
Speaking of the cast, the main hitters here are:
- Bruce Willis as the quiet bad ass
- Morgan Freeman as a sly fox turned old pervert
- John Malkovich as one of the greatest variations of crazy ever
- Brian Cox as a happy Russian guy
- Helen Mirren as a delightful British woman that carries guns in her purse
- Karl Urban as a guy in a suit that kills people
That's hardly doing them justice, but Mary-Louise Parker also manages to pull off a normal middle-aged woman caught in a slump of a life that is suddenly turned upside down to great comedic effect. Ernest Borgnine also has a great small role in the film as well.
Oddly enough it kind of felt like a date movie if you had a girl that was much more interested in explosions and pulling heavy artillery out of a stuffed swine than, well, your average date tripe.
I cannot recommend this film enough. It was fantastic and had my friends and I laughing the whole time. Definite winner.