1) This Is 40 - C+
2) Easy A - A-
3) Behind Enemy Lines - B+
Caught this one on TV over the weekend and it was what I remember it as: a very cookie cutter action piece.
But what elevates this to a B+ is the strong performances of Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson.
Hackman is always controlling the screen in his movies and his scenes with an equally strong Joaquim de Almeida are the strongest in the film.
Wilson is playing basically the same role he does in every other movie of this era. But with Burnett being a smartass, fish out of water is a nice change from the Arnold-type, who simply kills everything in his path.
But the evil characters are not threatening, right down to the main one, who chases Wilson in a sweatsuit straight out of the Adidas Jerk Collection. While everyone loves an action piece with lots of explosions, how many times can the same plot be recycled?