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.
John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
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
Malcolm is Crazy
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 »
When I first saw the trailer for The Expendables, I was already thinking of the interesting and funny relationship between the characters played by those action icons. After a zillion trailers and a movie, I was sourly disappointed. Now, I don't know who's fault it is, but relative to The Expandables, I almost haven't heard of Red before its release. However, it was exactly what I was looking for.
You have a great team of actors. They are not even action heroes, maybe that did it, but they do a great job. just look at that cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Hellen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, even Ernest Borgnine! As the young(er) crew, Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker are in it and they both play well. But more than that, each character actually has a role. They don't just come in, say a few inconsequential things, then die or are completely forgotten *cough* James Remar *cough*.
So it had the ridiculously packed action and at times it looked and sounded like Ocean's Eleven, who cares? The rest was great! Even the fight scenes... not even the bad guys go out in full view firing wildly then getting shot. People actually took cover, helped each other and synchronized their moves. The lines were funny and somewhat complex and all the people on the set were clearly having fun doing what they loved.
Bottom line: I don't know, maybe because the director is unseasoned in the ways of Hollywood the movie turned out to be so good. Or maybe it was the cast. Or maybe it was the fun of it. The movie turned out great, with a few screw-ups that I am ready to ignore. The mash-up is Jason Bourne meets The Expendables via, luckily for us, just a pinch of Ocean's Eleven.
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