If the esteemed geezers of "RED," or "Retired and Extremely Dangerous" (fuck) tried as hard as the balls screenplay populated with stock-characters, supposedly jettisoned from the same hell "Battleship" was, maybe it'd rise to the level of mediocre. Alas, everyone is lazily typecast in lazily-written roles. Exposition to Freeman. Glowering to Mirren. Smug asshole to Willis. And it's so fucking pleased with itself!
Hollywood, you're shooting yourself in the foot: applying this much facetious cynicism to tried and true genre material is just gonna hurt you down the road when you need audiences to take it seriously again. This flick like the Coen Brothers merging with Michael Bay. Gross.
romanticized sociopathy forced into an awkward, endless dance of tip-toeing, ducking and contorting in an attempt to keep four psychotic, remorseless murderers (and their stockholmed fangirl) likable and sympathetic. doesn't work -- these characters are heartless douchebags and no amount of star power or hollywood kookiness can dress it up.