Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
Directed: Dean Parisot
What we think: As action sequels go this was never going to be up there with the best of them, but as a harmless sit back and check your brain in at the door type of film, it does ok.
Willis and the team are back, ageing but keen to fill the screen full of quippy one liners and laughs as they attempt to save the world from annihaltion.
Retired CIA agent Frank Mosses (Willis) is keeping a low profile, and instead happy playing the quiet life with girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). When Marvin (Malkovich) arrives back on the scene it becomes apparent that a quiet life is not on the agenda.
Enlisting the help of assassin Victoria (Mirren) the team come up against double agent Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and rescue incarcerated Anthony Hopkins’ bungling yet polite scientist, Bailey.
It doesn’t have a great deal of direction and the plot seems to get lost amongst the over the top action sequences, which for the most part are pretty good.
Helen Mirren is probably one of the few shinning lights of the film, which says a lot about the rest of the cast. You do wonder if Willis and co are just in for the pay cheque but that is probably a question that doesn’t need asking twice.
And that about sums it all up for me, its a run of the mill generic sequel that does little to inflate the action genre other than make it for the sake of making it, why they needed to is anyone’s guess.
I didn’t hate this one but it didn’t set pulses racing either, I want a bit of sparkle from my action films but this one felt as though it was scraping the bottom of an extremely deep barrel.
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