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* The Expendables – Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li & Mickey Rourke

Posted by the editors on Monday, 6 February 2012

The Expendables (2010) – Directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li,  Mickey Rourke, Bruce WillisArnold SchwarzeneggerDolph Lundgren and others.  This unabashed action film with quite a few of the great action stars old and new, follows a group of elite, and perhaps a bit worn out, mercenaries on a mission to Central America.  And though it received a mixed critical reception, it did quite well at the box office.  And for reason.  As one could expect, and even hope, for this sort of film, there’s an A to Z of automatic weapons, fiery explosions, and bone-breaking hand to hand combat and it offers a tender pleasure to see the grandfathers of contemporary action films together, wrinkles and all, giving it a good go.  Of course, and being rather kind, the story isn’t much, but that’s not the point in films of this genre, is it.  With all its exploding heads, and other flying body parts, The Expendables is not for the weak at heart, or those who won’t suspend their moral judgement, almost a non sequitur when it comes to this sort of film.  Nevertheless, for a testosterone-filled action film, with at least one moment of soul searching, in an excellent scene with Mickey Rourke,  The Expendables could be worth watching. (PR)

See our post on the film The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham.

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Tears of the Sun – Starring Bruce Willis

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 25 December 2011

Tears of the Sun (2003)  Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day (2001), Brooklyn’s Finest (2010)), starring Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction (1994), Unbreakable (2000), Sin City (2005), and many others), Monica Bellucci and others.  Tears of the Sun, a war film, follows a squad of U.S. Navy SEALs, led by the grimly charismatic Bruce Willis as Lieutenant Waters, in their attempt to rescue an American doctor, played by Monica Bellucci, and three missionaries in civil war-torn Nigeria, amidst the horrors of ethnic cleansing.  Short on dialogue, and character development, Tears of the Sun is full of atmosphere: shadows, ceaseless rain, lush vegetation, mud.  Willis’ Lt. Waters is a seasoned, determined military professional who, faced with the massacre of innocent civilians in this genocidal west African civil war, is moved to disobey orders, with inevitable dire consequences for many, including his dedicated squad of hard, but emotionally vulnerable men.  As good as Willis is, and however strong the cinematography, the weak screenplay and predictable events, especially toward the end, as well as the poor acting by the apparently talentless Monica Bellucci, drag the film down enormously.  Nevertheless, for the atmosphere, and the fans of the talented, squint-eyed, stubble-bearded Bruce Willis, Tears of the Sun may be worth watching.  It’s a shame its potential for a dark, brooding, emotional drama were not more fully realised. (PR)

See our posts on the film Training Day, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and on the films What Just Happened and Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis.

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What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis

Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 November 2011

What Just Happened (2008)(DVD)  Directed by Barry Levinson (High Anxiety (1977), The Natural (1984), Rain Man (1988), Sphere (1998)), starring Robert De Niro (Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1080), Cape Fear (1991), Everybody’s Fine (2009))Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way (1993), I Am Sam (2001), Mystic River (2003), 21 Grams (2003), Milk (2008))Bruce Willis (The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Pulp Fiction (1994), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Sixth Sense (1999), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Catch .44 (2011, in post-production))John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000))Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich (1999), Capote (2005), Into the Wild (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008))Stanley Tucci (The Pelican Brief (1993), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Lovely Bones (2009))Robin Wright Penn (Forrest Gump (1994), Nine Lives (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)) and others.  Yes, that is an impressive cast, and, of course, there is some very good acting, and it is well-filmed.  And yet… perhaps it is the concept, despite it being a veritable Hollywood genre, Hollywood satirizing Hollywood; perhaps it’s the screenplay…What Just Happened somehow just doesn’t happen, despite a good number of quite successful comic scenes.  Perhaps a successful satire needs to go beyond the acid observations, into something a bit more profound, and though De Niro’s character has moments where one is touched, one is left just a bit too often with the question, “Yes.  Well.  Who cares?” (PR)

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Surrogates (Clones)

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, theatrical poster

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Surrogates (2009) (DVD) Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)), starring Bruce Willis (Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Sixth Sense (1999), Sin City (2005) and others, including Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction (1994), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (to be released in 2011) and others in the Mission: Impossible film series).  Based on the graphic novel (comic book, to some) of the same name by Robert Venditti.  Surrogates, a sci-fi/action film with rather slick effects and a potentially intriguing storyline, relies a bit too heavily on relatively boring action and its poor script for even Bruce Willis, who can be quite good in this sort of film, to redeem it.

Today’s virtual reality avatars taken a couple of (for now, fictional) steps further. (PR)

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