Saturday, February 5, 2011


I'll just start by saying that this was a fun movie to watch. Better than expected. I saw the previews and thought that it had potential, but I was weary because the reviews were so scattered in their opinions of it. I was still hopeful though, mainly because it had Bruce Willis (always good for a fun show), Morgan Freeman (awesome actor), Helen Mirren (excellent actress in cool roles), and Karl Urban (rising in stardom). Sorry, John Malkovich wasn't in that list because I was never really fond of him, but he did add a lot of comedy to this film. He did a great job in this role.
The story is about a group of retired CIA operatives who are suddenly thrown back into the action when they are strangely placed on the RED (retired, extremely dangerous) list and become targets for the police force.
Now, don't expect a lot of content when you watch the film. It is, above all else, an action film. It's kinda like Ocean's Eleven meets Live Free or Die Hard. It's got lots of guns, explosions, and ridiculous action. And lots of comedy. Lots and lots of comedy. But it is a man movie, so just enjoy the ride and don't think too hard.
I have to admit, I think my favorite part of the film was Mary-Louise Parker. She plays Willis' love interest in the film and she is hilarious. I think she really holds this movie together, aside from the action of course. Oh, and Helen Mirren blowing people away with a gun is pretty-dang funny too.
So, an enjoyable film with lots of comic surprises if you're in the mood for a good comedy-action flick.

As far as questionable content:
Violence. More violence. Lots of violence. (It is an action film after all.) Some extreme cases of violence include a guy getting blown apart by a grenade - not gore, but borderline. There is some profanity as well. A few cases of the "s-h-" word and one strong use of the "f-" word.

P.S. - The image used in this post is copyrighted by Summit Home Entertainment.

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