Posted on 3/10/13 06:54 AM
I waited for quite a long time for this one to turn up in the TV listings but alas it hasn't yet. Being a resourceful sort I decided to check out the price of the DVD and, deeming it low enough, I duly bought said disc. Now, having gone to all that trouble, I'm glad to report it was worth the effort. It may never win any awards, but it's very entertaining and everything 'The Expendables' isn't. Here's a brief summary before I give you my thoughts.
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is a retired CIA agent; he lives alone and one of his few pleasures is to chat to the girl at the pension's office, Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker). All is peaceful until one night a team goes into his house and tries to kill him. Of course Frank escapes and picks up Sarah en-route to New Orleans. With the attempt on Frank's life a failure, back at the CIA, Cynthia Wilkes (Rebecca Pidgeon) puts agent William Cooper (Karl Urban) on the case. By the way, it's "off the books". Frank turns to his old contacts for help; first Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman) who points him in the direction of a murdered reporter. Having discovered a list of names, he next contacts Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich). More information brings in the Russians in the guise of Ivan Simanov (Brian Cox); and finally there's Victoria (Helen Mirren). Piecing the parts of the puzzle together there's a connection to a massacre in Guatemala and the only one left who can identify the man responsible is Alexander Dunning (Richard Dreyfuss). But can they get him to talk? And if they do, who will be their next target? I guess that's enough for now. Oh, before I close this section I'd like to give a mention for Ernest Borgnine who plays Henry, The Records Keeper at the CIA; it's always a pleasure to see him on screen.
I must say this film does exactly what it says on the tin; it's brash, explosive and it also has some humour splattered about in there. I did like Bruce Willis in this one; some of his wise cracks put me in mind of his character David Addison in "Moonlighting" (an old TV show for those too young to remember it). I loved John Malkovich as the, almost paranoid, member of the team; he added some great comic moments. Helen Mirren was great (as ever), as was Richard Dreyfuss as the bad guy and Brian Cox. Also a mention fro Karl Urban who played his role with great aplomb; he'll go far I'm sure. As to the film; well I enjoyed many aspects of it although I did find the age difference between Willis and Parker a tad creepy. Other than that, bring on the sequel! I found it a lot of fun and everything 'The Expendables' isn't; well worth the price of the disc.
SteelMonster's verdict: RECOMMENDED
My score: 6.9/10