The Expendables

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson, Robert Earl
  • Writers: Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger

After years of unspeakable corruption that concludes with tragedies such as murder of American hostages and betrayal of foreign policies, and finally recognizing a way out of this terrible mess, the U.S. along with other Nations, equally seeking the end of this catastrophe, secretly put together a squad of its highest trained military personnel to finally over throw the dictator who has caused devastation in South America for over 20 years. The team sets out on its mission to complete the assassination, but with little help from the nations as they try to keep the mission secret. After they realize that there will be no outside help, they rely on their own resources to fight not only the dictator’s army but also the governments that set them up.

Assassination of a High School President

  • Directors: Brett Simon
  • Producers: Roy Lee, Doug Davison
  • Writers: Tim Calpin, Kevin Jakubowski
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Reece Thompson, Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris, Josh Pais

When senior Francesca Facchini (Mischa Barton) solicits Bobby Funke’s (Reece Thompson) help tracking down a set of stolen SATs[3], Funke uncovers a story. After he suspects the school president for the crime, Funke becomes one of the most popular kids at St. Donovan’s High. Funke wins the respect of everyone from Principal Kirkpatrick (Bruce Willis) to the kid that farts on him in Spanish class and Francesca takes Funke to homecoming. As Funke’s popularity grows so do his suspicions. He begins to wonder if the president really stole the SATs or if he’s just a pawn in a conspiracy.

Surrogates

  • Directors: Jonathan Mostow
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Max Handelman
  • Writers: Screenplay, John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Story, Robert Venditti
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames

In the year 2017 humans live in isolation and interact only via robotic bodies that serve as surrogates. Several humans are murdered when their surrogates are destroyed, and cop (Bruce Willis) investigates the crimes through his own surrogate. After a near fatal encounter, his surrogate is destroyed, which forces him to bring his human form out of isolation and unravel a conspiracy behind the crimes.[2]

The Jackal

  • Directors: Michael Caton Jones
  • Producers: Michael Caton Jones, Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Kevin Jarre
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Mathilda May, Jack Black

A joint mission of the American FBI and the Russian MVD leads to the death of the younger brother of a Russian mobster. In retaliation, the mobster hires an enigmatic assassin known only by the pseudonym “The Jackal” (Bruce Willis) to carry out the killing of an unknown-to-the-viewer target. The Jackal’s price is $70 million, with half paid up front and the other half payable upon completion of the job. If word of the operation gets out, the Jackal has the option whether or not to continue; either way the initial payment is his to keep. The Jackal advises the mobster to find a place to hide out until after the operation is complete.

Whilst he is hiding out the Russian MVD capture one of the mobster’s henchman in Finland; during the interrogation he reveals information about the Jackal. This coupled with the documents recovered from the henchman’s briefcase lead the FBI and MVD to assume the target for the retaliatory hit is FBI Director Donald Brown.

As the Jackal begins his preparations for the assassination, he obtains fakes ID’s, purchases a Polish KPV from an on-line arms dealer and arranges it to be shipped to Montreal under one of his assumed names. The FBI learns of one person who can identify the Jackal. FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and Russian Police Major Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) turn to a former Irish Republican Army sniper named Declan Joseph Mulqueen (Richard Gere), who had a relationship with a Basque woman named Isabella Zanconia (Mathilda May), whom they believe can identify The Jackal. However, Mulqueen refuses to tell them the whereabouts of Zanconia, saying instead he will take them to her. The FBI declines the offer; as they are leaving he claims to have met the Jackal. The price of his help is his release from prison and a pardon so he can return to Ireland. The FBI cannot grant his request but Mulqueen settles for their best efforts to get him freed.

A few days later, Preston and Mulqueen stand as the only witnesses to the Jackal’s burial in an unmarked grave. Preston, recognized as a hero for saving the First Lady’s life, tells Mulqueen he knows that someone in his “line of work” would have money and papers to start a new life if he went on the run. He then tells Mulqueen he’s going to get some coffee and won’t be back for 30 minutes, leading the IRA man to smile as Preston sincerely thanks him. They head off in separate directions.

Die Hard 2

  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Walter Wager, Steven E De Souza, Doug Richardson
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Reginald VelJohnson, John Leguizamo

John McClane, while waiting on Christmas Eve at Washington Dulles International Airport for his wife Holly to arrive from Los Angeles, spots a group of men dressed in army fatigues and passing a package between them. Following two of them into the baggage area, McClane ends up in a fight, killing one of them, but the other one escapes. McClane, believing that some scheme is about to happen, reports the incident to airport security, lead by Captain Carmine Lorenzo, but his concerns are ignored. McClane contacts his friend, LAPD Officer Al Powell, who helps him to identify the corpse as a professional elite soldier previously reported dead, confirming McClane’s suspicions.

Meanwhile, U.S. Army Colonel Stuart and his men have secured a small church near the airport, and sets up a base of operations. They are able to take over control of the airport’s air traffic control, preventing the tower from communicating with incoming planes. Stuart demands that they be allowed to rescue Ramon Esperanza, a drug lord and dictator of a South American country named Val Verde, being flown in to the United States for trial, as well as having a Boeing 747 prepared for Ramon, Stuart, and his men to leave the country. Stuart insists that any unauthorized attempt to communicate with the planes would be met with dire consequences. In the control tower, Leslie Barnes, communications director for the airport, comes up with the idea of using a radio in the unfinished airport annex; Barnes along with a SWAT team move towards the annex. McClane overhears this, and with the help of Marvin the janitor, tries to get to the annex before Barnes, expecting there to be a trap. McClane’s intuition proves correct as the SWAT team is killed in a gunfight, but McClane is able to arrive in time to save Barnes’ life. Before Barnes can get to the radio tower, Stuart blows it up and then fulfills his promise by altering the altitude reading on one of the arriving plane’s Instrument Landing System, taking the guise of the Dulles’ control tower to give the plane permission to land. Despite McClane’s efforts to warn off the plane on the ground, the plane, unable to see the ground due to poor visibility, crashes into the runway, killing all on board.

Lorenzo decides to drive McClane to the plane to stop the mercenaries and Esperanza from escaping, but the panicking crowds along with traffic prompts McClane to go on his own. Soon however, McClane comes across a local news team reporting the story that was willing to get him to the plane aboard their helicopter. McClane is able to get onto the wing of Stuart’s plane with their help, and attempts to prevent it from taking off by wedging open the flaps. Stuart and Major Grant go onto the wing to remove the blockage. However, McClane fights with Grant, getting him sucked into one of the plane’s engines and killed, but Stuart easily thrashes McClane. But before being thrown off the wing, McClane manages to open the fuel tanks on the wing, spilling a trail of jet fuel along the runway. Just as the plane takes off, McClane ignites the fuel trail with his cigarette lighter, causing the plane to explode, killing everyone on board. The planes overhead, including Holly’s, use the flaming trail as their landing lights, and all the planes are able to land safely. McClane reunites with Holly, Thornburg, for his beyond extreme selfishness and not caring about the lives he put at risk, is fired (off-screen), and John and Holly are driven off together by Marvin.

Unbreakable

  • Directors: M Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: M Night Shyamalan, Barry Mendel, Sam Mercer
  • Writers: M Night Shyamalan
  • Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Robin Wright Penn, Spencer Treat Clark

Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is born with Type I osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease in which bones break easily. As a child he is taunted by other children, who nickname him “Mr. Glass”. Drawing on what he has read in comic books during his many hospital stays, Price theorizes that if he is frail at one extreme, then perhaps there is someone strong at the opposite extreme.

Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is also searching for meaning in his life. He gave up a promising football career to marry his love Audrey (Robin Wright Penn), but their marriage is dissolving, to the distress of their young son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark). Returning from a job interview in New York, David is the sole survivor of a horrific train wreck that kills 131 of the 132 passengers, sustaining no injuries. He is contacted by the adult Elijah, who proposes to a disbelieving David that he is a real instance of the kind of person after whom comic-book superheroes are modeled. David tries to ignore him, but Elijah stalks him and his wife, trying to get his attention. David’s son Joseph already idolizes his father and easily believes his father is a superhero, but Audrey believes that Elijah Price has probably become mentally ill as a result of the stress of his frailty.

In the closing act of the film, David attends an exhibition at Elijah’s comic book art gallery and gets to meet Elijah’s mother (Charlayne Woodard). After talking with Elijah in the back room of his studio, David shakes his hand and discovers in horror that Elijah orchestrated three fatal disasters, causing hundreds of deaths–the last being David’s train accident. Elijah insists that the deaths were justified as a means to find David. He explains that his purpose in life is to be the villain to David’s hero, even going so far as to suggest that his childhood moniker, “Mr. Glass”, should have alerted him to the fact that he was always a villain. The final captions reveal that David led police to Elijah, who was committed to an institution for the criminally insane.

The Fifth Element

  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Patrice Ledoux
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker

The story’s premise is that every five thousand years, in conjunction with a planetary arrangement, a ‘Great Evil’ appears whose purpose is to destroy life. In preparation for the next appearance in 2263, a group of aliens called the Mondoshawan arrive on Earth in 1914 to extract the only weapon capable of defeating the Great Evil, a collection of four stones representing the Classical Elements and the eponymous Fifth Element that conjugates the other four into organic life.[1] After taking the weapons, the Mondoshawans present a key to a priest and tell him to pass the information provoking their mission through future generations in preparation for the Evil’s arrival.

In 2263, the Great Evil appears and destroys an interplanetary battleship. When the Mondoshawans attempt to deliver the Elements back to Earth, they are ambushed by another alien race, the shape-shifting Mangalores. Earthly scientists are able to recover a portion of the Fifth Element and use a reconstitution device to recreate it, whereupon it takes the form of an apparently human woman named “Leeloo” described as “the perfect being”. Leeloo, terrified of her unfamiliar environs, escapes the scientists and arrives in the care of taxi driver Korben Dallas, a former major in the Federated Army’s Special Forces. Dallas then delivers her to Priest Vito Cornelius, the current holder of the Mondoshawans’ knowledge. Dallas, Cornelius, and his acolyte David help Leeloo recover, though Dallas is forced out of Cornelius’ apartment before learning her purpose. Cornelius learns from Leeloo that the four Elements were not carried by the Mondoshawans but instead entrusted to Diva Plavalaguna, a singer currently performing on a luxury space liner at Fhloston Paradise, and that Leeloo must recover the stones from her. Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg has attempted to gain the stones as urged by communication with the Great Evil. After learning that the Mangalores’ attack on the Mondoshawans was unsuccessful in recovering the stones, Zorg betrays and kills them, whereupon the surviving Mangalores decide to extract revenge and gain the stones for themselves.

The four return to the temple on Earth as the Great Evil rushes towards the planet. There, Dallas finds Leeloo disillusioned and unwilling to perform her role, believing that humans will destroy themselves despite her rescue of them. As the protagonists arrange the stones in the temple to form their weapon, they are briefly baffled by their ignorance of the weapon’s operation, but discover that each stone is triggered by the presence of the Classical element to which it corresponds. Dallas then convinces Leeloo to perform her role, embraces her, and kisses her. At this, Leeloo releases the weapon’s “Divine Light”, causing the Great Evil to become a new moon in Earth’s orbit. Later, the President and General Munro go to congratulate Dallas on his successful mission, but are unable to contact him. Viewers then see that he and Leeloo are making love in the resurrection chamber.

Die Hard With a Vengeance

  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: John McTiernan, Michael Tadross
  • Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L Jackson, Larry Bryggman, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp

After a bomb explodes in the early morning at the Bonwit Teller department store in New York City, a man named “Simon” (Irons) telephones the police claiming responsibility, and demands that they play a game of “Simon Says” to prevent any more explosions. Simon demands that NYPD Lt. John McClane walk through Harlem wearing a sandwich board reading, “I hate niggers.” Before McClane can be beaten to death by a group of outraged, young African-Americans, Harlem shopkeeper Zeus Carver (Jackson) steps in to rescue McClane, and together they return to the precinct. There, Simon calls the precinct takes credit for an Astrolite-like bi-component explosive discovered in a major park. Further investigation reveals that several thousand pounds of it were stolen the night before – Simon has enough explosives to level a city block. Simon demands that both Carver join McClane for the remainder of his “game”, directing them to a payphone near a subway station. After tricking the two with the “As I was going to St Ives” riddle, Simon reveals that a bomb is on a subway train that is just leaving the station, and tasks the two to reach the Wall Street subway station 90 blocks away in 30 minutes in order to prevent its detonation. McClane and Carver commandeer a taxi and cut through Central Park to avoid traffic; McClane instructs Carver to continue on surface roads while he gets on the subway car to search for the bomb. McClane finds the bomb and attempts to throw it off the subway. As the train enters the station, it trips over the detonator, causing the subway car to derail and tear through the station.

McClane and Carver are treated for injuries and debriefed, while Carver insists that McClane should call Holly, his estranged wife. Just as he makes the call, however, McClane realizes that an aspirin bottle given to him by Simon comes from a border town in Quebec. Meanwhile, Simon boasts to his men, declaring that, because of the stupidity of the NYPD, they have gone from an army without a country to one which must decide which country to buy. However, McClane and Zeus arrive with a massive force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and taunt Simon from the safety of a police helicopter. Seething with hatred, Simon tells his men, “I have something personal to finish.” Entering an attack helicopter piloted by his mistress, he attempts to kill McClane and Zeus with a machine gun. Forced into making a crash landing, McClane and Carver are seemingly at Simon’s mercy. Meanwhile, the other copter hovers beneath some nearby power lines, as Simon looks his mortal enemy right in the eyes. However, McClane shoots out the powerline with his last two bullets, which causes the copter to explode in a massive fireball. McClane snarls,”Yippy-ki-yay, motherfucker,” and leaves for a payphone to call Holly.

Over the Hedge

  • Directors: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Producers: Bonnie Arnold
  • Writers: Len Blum, and, Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Avril Lavigne, William Shatner

RJ the raccoon, while foraging for food, encounters the hibernating bear, Vincent and his large cache of food. RJ tries to steal it, but instead causes the food to be crushed in traffic on a nearby road. Vincent threatens to kill RJ, but RJ quickly promises to replace Vincent’s foodstocks within the week, when Vincent is fully awake from his hibernation. RJ discovers a nearby human suburban community, an optimal source for his task, and encounters a group of woodland creatures that have just woken up from their own hibernation in undeveloped forest that is surrounded by the community. The group is led by Verne the turtle, and includes the hyperactive squirrel Hammy, Stella the skunk, father and daughter opossums Ozzie and Heather, and a family of porcupines, Lou and Penny and their children Spike, Bucky, and Quillo. The animals quickly find that a large hedge was put in place while they were sleeping to separate them from the rest of the human development, and are afraid to venture on the other side.

RJ uses the opportunity to introduce himself to the group and explain that they could have better food by scavenging off the humans. Though Verne is wary of RJ’s plans and believes he may be using them, the group of animals quickly find that RJ is right, and begin raiding the human development repeatedly for food. The disappearance of food does not go unnoticed, and the development homeowner association president, Gladys Sharp, calls in the help of a pest control specialist, Dwayne LaFontant, aka “The Verminator”, who installs an overpowered extermination system in her backyard while trying to track down all the animals in the world. Despite close calls with Dwayne, the group of animals continues to gather food from the humans, RJ secretly making sure the food collected will replace Vincent’s stock exactly. RJ is brought in as part of the pack’s extended family, making him feel guilty about hiding his true intent from them. When RJ tries to approach Verne about it, RJ cannot help but lie about the situation.

A final raid planned by RJ before Vincent’s deadline involves invading Gladys’ home, which requires someone to distract her persian cat, Tiger; Stella is quickly groomed to look like a cat to draw Tiger’s attention away. Though they are able to collect most of the food in the kitchen, RJ inadvertently reveals the truth to Verne as he tries to get a can of Spuddies, which are Vincent’s favorites. During their argument, the animals are soon discovered by Gladys and Dwayne, and though RJ gets away, the other animals are all captured. RJ takes the food to Vincent, but upon seeing the other animals captured, uses the food to stop Dwayne’s van and knock the human unconscious, allowing RJ to free the animals. After apologizing for using the group to his own ends, RJ helps the others drive the van back to the forest, chased by Vincent who floated on balloons, a jester and a knight on a horse. The animals try to take shelter in the hedge, with Vincent trying to claw them out from one side, and Dwayne trying to shock them with a Cattle prod and Gladys trying to use a weedwhacker on them from the other side. RJ and Verne come up with a plan to give Hammy an energy drink, which makes him move at light speed and slow time. This allows him to safely activate the extermination traps while RJ uses himself as bait to lure Vincent into Gladys’ backyard (and surprisingly lives because of Verne’s shell). Vincent, Gladys, and Dwayne are momentarily confused just before they are seriously injured by extermination system. Animal control is called to take Vincent to a nature preserve, while both Gladys is arrested for the use of inhumane traps, Dwayne having managed to slip away. Stella finds that Tiger still has a crush on her despite knowing she is a skunk, as he has long since lost his sense of smell, and both RJ and Tiger are accepted into the group. When Verne realizes that they still need food for the winter, Hammy reveals that he stuffed their log home with nuts.

Armageddon

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jonathan Hensleigh, J J Abrams, Story, Robert Roy Pool, Jonathan Hensleigh, Adaptation, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno
  • Genres: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner, Jessica Steen, Jason Isaacs, Ken Campbell, Grayson McCouch, Clark Brolly, Marshall R Teague, Chris Ellis, Eddie Griffin, John Mahon, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan

After several meteoroids destroy the Space Shuttle Atlantis and bombard New York City, NASA discovers that an asteroid the size of Texas is on a direct collision course with Earth and will likely wipe out all life on the Earth and destroy it. It is not publicly revealed that it will hit the Earth within 18 days. The scientists at NASA devise a plan to activate a nuclear bomb at a precise point under the asteroid’s surface which will split it in two and cause it to miss the Earth. NASA locates the best oil driller on the planet, Harry Stamper, to get advice. Harry and Grace, his daughter, are taken to NASA and Dan Truman, the head of NASA, informs him of the situation. Harry immediately recognizes that he and his crew must accompany the astronauts on the mission to ensure the job is done properly. After Harry’s crew is collected from across the country and NASA acquiesces to their demands, they are put through a training program and outfit a drilling rig with the proper equipment for the job.

When a meteorite strikes Shanghai, China, destroying the city and causing a tsunami, around 50,000 people die. At this point, the pending mission is revealed to the world. Two specially designed military shuttles, Freedom and Independence are launched simultaneously and shortly dock at a Russian space station (crewed by Lev Andropov) to refuel. AJ encounters a problem stopping the pumps after the ships tanks are full and the station explodes. The crews and Lev Andropov escape. The two shuttles perform a high G-force slingshot procedure around the Moon to land on the backside of the asteroid. However, as they enter the trailing debris of the asteroid, the Independence is struck and crash lands on the asteroid. The Freedom manages to land on the surface but misses the target landing zone. They land on an area of hard iron which will be difficult to drill through. The Freedom team try to drill but suffer several setbacks and losses due to the unexpected conditions. It is revealed that if the deadline is missed, Colonel Sharpe would activate the nuclear device on the surface. However, a surface explosion would not be sufficient to divert the asteroid from hitting the Earth. Harry is able to convince Colonel Sharpe to help them attempt to finish the job. During this time, another meteorite wipes out much of Paris, France.

All seems lost when their drilling machine is blasted off the asteroid by a gas vent, but the Freedom crew learns that the other team managed to survive the crash thanks to Lev Andropov and have driven the second drilling machine to the drilling site. Harry puts AJ in charge of finishing the drilling and they successfully drill to the necessary depth. The team lowers the bomb into the hole, but find that they can not detonate remotely after a rock storm damages the bomb’s trigger, as well as killing one of the crew members. Truman tells the team that someone is going to have to stay behind to activate the bomb to destroy the asteroid. AJ is picked to detonate the bomb remotely after drawing straws, but Harry disables his air supply and takes his place. As the shuttle prepares to depart, Harry sends a final message to his daughter and gives his full support for her to marry AJ. Harry manages to activate the bomb moments before the critical deadline, and the asteroid halves successfully miss the Earth. The remaining crew of the Freedom return to Earth as heroes, AJ reuniting tearfully with Grace while the others are met by their loved ones. Grace and AJ soon marry, while Harry and their lost crew members are memorialized.