Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Jon & Erich Hoeber
(Based on a graphic novel by Warren Ellis & Cully Hamner)
This is the kind of movie where the plot is low down on the list of things that make it work. It largely gets by on the style and mostly because of the fun of watching the cast. There is really no arguing that the cast stacks the deck in favor of the flick being at least decent and the fun setup doesn’t hurt.
Willis plays a retired CIA operative who gets called back into action after a failed attempt on his life and he calls on his old retired comrades for help. Malkovich is the over the type highlight of this movie for me, combining his already unhinged from reality delivery with a hawaiian shirt and unkempt hair. If this guy was in more movies I wouldn’t complain and Helen Mirren is as sexy as they come.
The story itself is routine double crossing stuff but it’s entertaining and charming enough to get by. Could have been great but it gets by on pretty good. The world needs more Malkovich.