This is the epitome of an action comedy. And of course you can't make an action comedy without Bruce Willis. Director Robert Schwentke didn't have to look too far for the rest of this cast either.
I must admit that pairing Mary-Louise Parker as Willis' love interest is a bit of a stretch but I bought it much to the credit of Parker. The choice of crusty Morgan Freeman as an 80 year-old retired CIA agent and the elegant Helen Mirren as a former machine-gun toting agent who describes herself as "I kill people" were brilliant.
And when a director needs an actor that has been used as a human LSD experiment for eleven years by the CIA, the choice is obvious: John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs. Crazy John has the facial expressions and weird stare that is euphemistically described as "...don't get John too riled up; he's wound a little tight." And he carries and old school revolver with a six-inch barrel.
Speaking of guns, this movie has all kinds. Willis' character, Frank Moses, routinely carries a 1911 .45 and can make a speed magazine change when necessary. How refreshing! Most of the other characters rely on M-4's and other assortment of automatic firepower and a few missiles and grenades.
I counted the rounds fired and I lost track at 17,525; it became quite difficult to keep up when 10-15 guys were firing automatic weapons simultaneously. I knew you would want me to make an accurate count, but there was just too much going on. I tried.
Please note that I have not written a word about the plot or the story. Does it really matter? This is a movie with good guys that were former CIA agents that are fighting current CIA agents (bad?) and everyone is a little good and a little bad. The audience is pulling for Willis, Parker, Malkovich, Freeman, and Mirren, but Karl Urban as CIA Agent Cooper who is chasing our oldsters is also likeable.
Now let's add Ernest Borgnine as Henry, The Records Keeper, and Richard Dreyfuss as Alexander Dunning who is a ...I've forgotten and don't care. And then there's Brian Cox as the sweet Russian, Ivan Simanov, who still has a crush on Victoria (Helen Mirren) all these years after The Cold War; how charming is that? This is a silly little movie that is designed to make you chuckle and enjoy some legendary actors have fun and I did.