The plot is pretty much like any other flick in this genre, corruption that leads all the way up to the top, assassinations, intrigue and cover ups. Its Bruce Willis and his ex-team members who have been targeted by the CIA for termination due to previous unearthed information. So its up to them to get to the bottom of the it and uncover...errr the cover up.
The film is yet another comic book adaptation of another comic I've never heard of so I can't compare. A lavish cast from top to bottom because its a big Hollywood production, thusly the visuals and action are also lavish as hell. Now whether or not this is a good thing I'm not sure, I don't know how accurate this is to the comic book firstly and secondly I think it can take away from the whole experience because its too 'Hollywood-ish.'
There's nothing wrong with a glossy action thriller but they do tend to look the same. You don't really feel invested in the story because its all so neat, clean and shiny, there's no grit, no real sense of danger, all the cast are dolled up in layers of obvious makeup (Mirren) and you know no one of any real importance is gonna die and if they do chances are they will come back in the sequel.
That being said I can't deny this film is a reasonably fun ride with semi decent action sequences that all do look quite comic book-esque. The sharp visuals do give it a certain bold colourful style that comes across as quirky but with some dark undertones. I do like how the film is violent to a degree, its not a blood bath but you do see bullet hits, injuries and plenty of death...yet it seems to get tamer towards the end methinks. My best description would be akin to 'Kick-Ass' but not as violent and without the profanity. It is quite fun to see older action heroes taking out elite hit squads, the sight of Helen Mirren using a massive tripod mounted anti tank machine gun in a ball gown was quite funny.
It is all very predictable to be honest, this ain't no Bourne plot folks, did you really think Willis would lose his damsel in distress?. Some good action sequences, amusing dialog mainly coming from Malkovich who was the best character by far and a really good fight between Urban and Willis amazingly. The very end sequence unfortunately is too daft and comes across more like a Monty Python moment rather than a top action flick. For people like myself who don't know anything about the comic book the hook is old folk as super spies which is admittedly fun, apart from that is basically business as usual with nothing too ground breaking going on.
Its a funny, action packed, awesome car scene involving Bruce Willis movie!
John Malkovich was fantastic as the paranoid nut job and was just hilarious i could watch this movie over and over!
A brilliant cast making this a brilliant movie! Loved It.
I love the theme of "old folks doin' stuff." Silly and sophomoric just works better with geriatric actors. Willis hardly qualifies as that, but don't question it. He represents action and humor, with Mirren and even Ernest Borgnine surprisingly adept at both too. More comedy than death-defying adventure, you'll want to (like Mary-Louise Parker) trade your mundane life for the action and thrills of a CIA hit man. Retired Extremely Dangerous is right.
I can't stop laughing at Malkovich and his pig.
Maybe it's the incredibly wonderful cast/characters or the offbeat humor, but it works! Besides, it's really hard to hate on a film that doesn't even want to be taken seriously with all the necessary leisurely ingredients.
It's smart, fun, exciting, stylish and hilarious. The qualities that any shallow action film should try to embody, a thoroughly great experience.
You are served up a script that could serve as yet another Bourne/ Mission Impossible, rogue agent on the loose scenario. The twist here is that the story line involves a bunch of sexagenarians, which allows Morgan Freeman to utter the hilarious line "looks like we're getting the band back together".
If nothing else, you get to watch some truly heavyweight talent have some fun - kind of like the Ocean's 11 reboot... all that star power, and you could tell that the cast is having a blast. And what a cast: Bruce Willis, the aforementioned Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Miren, Mary Louise Parker, Brian Cox (who uses a thick Russian accent throughout), and Richard Dreyfuss (who looks like he's having the most fun of all - playing a bad guy and actually saying "hey, look at me, I'm a bad guy").
Helen Miren is perfectly cast as a "wet agent". When non-spy Parker asks what a wet agent is, she drolly informs her "I kill people, dear". Precious!
Oddly enough, the script and storyline are fairly tight, as if you could have played this one seriously if you desired - thank goodness that they didn't - it's much more entertaining with tongue in cheek - yet this neo parody manages to steer clear of the knuckleheaded, dumbed down splatter gun "let's look for laughs" method that seems to hit the theater every five minutes nowadays. It's almost as if this was written as a kind of homage to the serious action thriller - even while poking fun at the genre.
I loved the funk soundtrack, especially the inclusion of the uber bad "Sissy Strut", as well as the postcard gimmick that adds to the first half of the film.