Starring: Bruce Willis, Mary Louis-Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
Directed By: Robert Shwentke
2010, PG-13, 111 Minutes
Reviewed by Liam Doherty
RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) has the best cast out of any action comedy- ever. All of the actors are big name movie stars who have either won or been nominated for an Academy Award. I was worried this would be a major let down of a movie, but it was fast paced and funny.
The plot revolves around retired CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) being hunted down by the CIA so he sets out to stop them. He brings along his crush, Sarah, (Mary Louise-Parker) on his adventure so she isn’t targeted as well.
Frank joins up with his old colleagues (Mirren, Malkovich and Freeman) to help him stop the CIA. When he’s not killing people with objects you didn’t know could kill someone, Frank pulls answers out of thin air to clues that aren’t really there, but the filmmakers don’t seem to care whether you pay attention to the plot or you just came to see things explode.
From when Frank is ambushed at his home 10 minutes into the movie, a scene doesn’t go by without someone exploding, being shot, stabbed, hung or maimed. Helen Mirren was by far my favorite character in the movie. Just the irony of Dame Helen Mirren relentlessly killing Secret Service operatives with a .50 caliber machine gun (and enjoy it) is worth the ticket price. She also has some funny one-liners. Speaking of laughs, the film is in no short supply of them, most coming from John Malkovich’s super paranoid character.
We’ve seen this all done before, the “sacrifice the sick and elderly for everyone else” and spies gone rogue clichés (The Losers did that 6 months ago), but we’ve never seen it done as well as RED. B