Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored, and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank's life is his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker, Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank's past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous. Written by
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Helen Mirren had to learn how to shoot a gun without blinking so as to look more like an experienced killer. (Blinking was one of the main reasons why the stars in the Matrix trilogy wore sunglasses to mask their involuntary reactions.) See more »
Frank's decision to wear a US Army General Officer's uniform is an interesting choice for infiltrating the CIA headquarters. The CIA is not actually part of the Department of Defense, so access for military personnel would be granted on a case-by-case basis, and it is unlikely that any military personnel would have unrestricted access, let alone unaccompanied access. Frank wears the uniform of a four-star General, which is particularly risky since federal law restricts the number of four-star Generals that may be on active duty at any given time (the Army would have had around ten at the time of filming), and it is hardly beyond the realm of possibility that security personnel at CIA headquarters would be required to know each of them on site for exactly this reason. Next, while Frank does a good job of putting together a tailor-fitted Army Class-A uniform on short notice (particularly for a film), he does make a number of errors: 1) He does not wear any regimental insignia above his Meritorious Unit Commendation on the right side of his service jacket. This is particularly important to an Army General Officer since by definition they do not wear branch insignia, and a General would want to display regimental affiliation to indicate his past branch. 2) For the number of campaign ribbons he wears (the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal) there are two items noticeably missing from his ribbon rack, namely a bronze numeral on his Overseas Service Ribbon (to denote multiple awards) and the NATO-ISAF Campaign Medal (universally awarded by NATO to US Military personnel who served in Afghanistan). 3) Assuming the film occurs during the period it was filmed, Frank should actually be wearing more individual awards. A US Army four-star General Officer who served during the Global War on Terror would almost certainly have been awarded at least one (each) Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, and Defense Superior Service Medal. The highest award Frank wears is the Legion of Merit. 4) Also noticeably absent is the Bronze Star, which is commonly awarded for meritorious service (or valor) in combat to Army personnel between the ranks of Sergeant First Class and Colonel. 5) Frank wears the Army Staff Identification Badge on the right side of his service jacket when it should be worn on the left side. Finally, for someone who is supposedly a Veteran of the US Marine Corps, Frank's salute is terrible. See more »
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943-66-2291. Pension Services, please.
Thank you, Mr. Moses, please hold for your representative.
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Bullets, guns and explosions play out over the end credits. See more »
I never thought much of this film prior to viewing it, as many others might not have either, but if you have even the slightest inclination to view this, you must! The story is typical, nothing special about the basic plot synopsis, but the delivery and the interesting plot twists keeps it fresh and interesting. The humour is hilarious, mostly a subtle humour that is apparent throughout the entire film, in nearly every scene.
Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, and Karl Urban all excel, as would be expected. It is refreshing watching Bruce Willis star in another action film, alongside Mary-Louise Parker (the gorgeous mother in Weeds) no less. John Malkovich plays the paranoid role quite astonishingly and Helen Mirren firing large weapons, including a gatling gun, is amazing! Every name above plays an equal part in the film, which is amazing. I never had so many characters in a single movie that I highly enjoyed equally. Remarkably done with talent seeping through the actors and vividly portrayed on the screen.
Don't expect this film to change the history of all films, but expect it to exceed in entertainment. If you give it a chance, you won't be disappointed. It's definitely a Friday night flick, something that is easily enjoyed.
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