Bruce Willis – Expendables week

Bruce Willis only had a glorified cameo in The Expendables. I’m hoping that they give him a little beefier role this time around. Meanwhile here are some Willis action flicks on Netflix streaming.

12 Monkeys (1995) – Rated R

“In the year 2035, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) volunteers reluctantly to be sent back in time by scientists to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth’s population decades earlier. But when Cole is sent mistakenly to 1990 instead of 1996, he’s arrested and locked up in a mental hospital, where he meets a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and the son (Brad Pitt) of a famous virus expert (Christopher Plummer).”

12 Monkeys is not an action film but a fascinating science fiction film. Both Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt are wonderful here. Brad Pitt was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role and Julie Weiss was nominated for a Best Costume Design Oscar.

The Fifth Element (1997) – Rated PG-13

“In this imaginative sci-fi epic, a 23rd-century cabbie finds himself involved with a fetching alien who may hold the key to saving the world. But it’s curtains for planet Earth unless the duo can stay a step ahead of a demented villain named Zorg.”

Instead of a science fiction movie with some action like 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element is an action film with science fiction trappings. Luc Besson fills the screen with energy and Gary Oldman is positively manic as our chief villain.

The Siege (1998) – Not rated

“Martial law is imposed in New York when U.S. military zealots abduct a Muslim religious leader and an army general cordons off Queens to form a detention camp. Two FBI agents team with a CIA operative to save the day in this action-packed thriller.”

The Siege is a very thoughtful film about terrorism that still manages to be entertaining. The stars are Denzel Washington and Annette Bening but Bruce Willis has a juicy supporting role as does Tony Shalhoub.

Tears of the Sun (2003) – Rated R

“Bruce Willis stars as Lt. A.K. Waters, a Navy SEAL sent to the jungles of embattled Africa to rescue a doctor (Monica Bellucci), arriving only to realize he must also save the refugees in the doctor’s care — even if it places his military career in jeopardy. Tracked by heavily armed guerillas, Waters and his men must guide 40 injured Nigerian patients to the Cameroon border in this epic action drama directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).”

This is another entry in the White People Solve the World’s Problems genre. There are some good action sequences but I cannot really recommend it overall.

Set Up (2011) – Not rated

“A diamond heist goes horribly wrong, and the group of friends who sought to make a fortune must instead fight for their very survival. Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson bring the firepower in this thriller.”

I have not seen this so I cannot comment on how good a thespian Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is. Perhaps half a dollar’s worth?