G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012) Trailer

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Cobra spy Zartan has most of the Joes assassinated, the remaining Joes band together to strike back. Directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens on June 29, 2012.

The Expendables (2010) – Movie Review

The Expendables is an all-star action-packed war film directed by Sylvester Stallone and stars Stallone himself.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Randy Couture in "The Expendables"
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Randy Couture in "The Expendables"

The Expendables are highly-trained mercenaries consist of Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), the leader of the Expandables, knife-throwing Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), martial arts expert Yin Yang (Jet Li), sniper Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), heavy weapon specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and demolition expert Toll Road (Randy Couture). Tool (Mickey Rourke) the tattoo artist, a former Expendables is the team mission broker.

After a rescue mission of disposing the pirates in a ransom case, Barney decides to remove Gunnar from the Expendables as he feels he could no longer trust him. Barney then meets a man who called himself Mr. Church (Bruce Willis), believed to be a CIA, hires the Expendables for a mission in the island of Vilena in South America. Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) appears briefly and is revealed to be the former leader of the original Expendables and an old rival of Ross.

Barney and Christmas decide to explore Vilena before accepting the mission. The island is ruled by a dictator General Garza (David Zayas) who is controlled by James Munroe (Eric Roberts), a former CIA agent. Wrestler Steve Austin plays his bodyguard, Dan Paine.

Although Barney and Christmas barely escape the island alive, Barney decides to return to the island to rescue Sandra (Gisele Itié), the unlikely contact and general’s daughter. Then, as expected, Gunnar appears in Munroe’s office and offers to stop the Expendables with the right price. Back in the States, Gunnar attempts to kill Barney but Barney and Yin Yang overpowers him and his cronies in a high-speed car chase shooting. When Gunnar is shot near his heart, Barney requests him to reveal who sent him, Gunnar reveals it all and in return, Barney promises to bury him.

Barney and the rest of the Expendables returns to the island of Vilena in a highly explosive mission to rescue Sandra and her people from Munroe and General Garza. In order to do that, Barney and friends (no pun intended) set the whole palace with explosives and blows up every single buildings in the palace as well as killing every Garza’s men as well as Munroe’s. Surely, heads getting blowed up like popping balloons are quite common and fun for the Expendables. There are also plenty of wrestling actions when Stallone confronts Steve Austin which ends up quite even; later on, another wrestler Randy Couture brawls with Steve Austin and ends up the victor.

Although predictable and seeing Stallone on steroid is not so pleasing, the movie promises plenty of hard-hitting action and violence with guns and knifes and is occasionally funny. But, till the end, Christmas is right, Stallone is getting old and slow.

My ratings: 6 out of 10.

Red (2010) Trailer

Red is a comic book adaption action film. When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive. Starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Red opens on October 15, 2010.

The Expendables (2010) Trailer

The Expendables is an action thriller about a team of mercenaries heading to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Steve Austin, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Expendables opens on August 13, 2010.

Surrogates (2009) – Movie Review

Surrogates is a science fiction film based on the 2005–2006 comic book series The Surrogates. Directed by Jonathan Mostow, the movie stars Bruce Willis.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell in "Surrogates"
Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell in "Surrogates"

In the year 2017, mankind lives their lives using “surrogates”, an advanced robotic bodies with the aesthetic of the human beauty and rarely step out from their homes. However, there are minorities which oppose the usage of surrogates known as The Dread.

When the teenage son of the surrogates inventor is killed through the surrogate, FBI Agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) and his partner, Agent Jennifer Peters (Radha Mitchell) begin to investigate. When they find out about the advanced weapon and the killer, more and more surrogates and operators are killed.

Agent Greer is suspended from the FBI when he invaded the compound of The Dread in his relentless pursue of Miles Strickland (Jack Noseworthy), the murderer of surrogates. Greer, therefore, continues to investigate without the use of surrogates. When Greer finds out the truth, he realizes Strickland has been killed by The Prophet and his followers. It is learnt that the corporation which owns the right to “surrogates” has hired Andrew Stone (Boris Kodjoe), Greer and Peters’ supervisor to get rid of Dr. Lionel Canter (James Cromwell), the inventor of the surrogates.

While the movie portrays the advanced technology of using “surrogates” body, the film is highly superficial and portrays mankind is slowly losing touch to the nature and perhaps, the way to live. In some ways, the movie has a bad influence with the usage of drugs and alcohol. One of the least entertaining movies that star Bruce Willis, that’s for sure.

My ratings: 6 out of 10.