R.E.D. (not Dead)!

Ever since I saw the first trailer for this film I couldn’t wait for it to release! My only wish was that my hope and anticipation for this movie would not be broken by it being a waste of time. How could you go wrong with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban all in the same action-packed film? Could you go wrong? Your answer, in one simple word: NOPE!

I loved this movie! Here’s the premise: Frank Moses, recently retired CIA agent, trying to adapt to civilian life and woo a certain young lady (Parker), gets tossed back into the fray after he becomes the target of an assassination attempt on his life. In order to find those who are after him, lay them to rest, and continue his “mundane” retirement lifestyle he must assemble together a team of gunslinging experts with whom he worked with in the past! All of them around the same age. All of them with the same level of paranoia and trigger-happiness! All of them are considered RED- R.etired, yet E.xtremely D.angerous!

The cast is amazing. I may be a little bias because I like all of the actors so much, but honestly, they were mostly perfect in their roles. One thing that really makes this film so much fun is watching an older cast do what the young guns do all the time….and be better at it. In a film that blends Space Cowboys with Mission Impossible, these four (Willis, Freeman, Malkovich, and Mirren) light up the screen with whistling bullets and witty banter. It was rather fun to watch them incorporate the “age” factor into their acting and storylines. The two that deserve the most credit for their performances in this film are the ever-classy/ageless Helen Mirren and the amazing and versatile John Malkovich. What fun they were in every single scene! Especially Malkovich! (This may just be his year and a half: RED, Secretariat, Jonah Hex, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon)! While fun, the characters still lacked something that I could not quite place my finger on. I mean, I actually almost forgot at times that Freeman was in the film (that should NEVER happen!), and Parker’s character warmed up to Moses (Willis) way too fast. The character development just was not long enough for all of the players in the plot. (Honorable mentions go out to Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, and Karl Urban for their unexpected performances. Can’t forget them!)

The action and explosions blow up the screen and make up for the missing developments that one might sense while watching the film. A little over the top, maybe! But exactly what the doctor ordered! It’s a D.C. comic-based movie anyways! The explosions, hand-to-hand combat scenes, gunfight battles, and more made it all the more enjoyable to watch. Especially because of who’s doing it all! Bruce Willis doing what he does best, Helen Mirren behind the scope of a sniper rifle, Malkovich running with an explosive vest…screaming all the way! Wow! Old retirees reunited to fight against a government that seems to be out to kill them, all while the leader falls in love with the damsel in distress. Wait! Is this a review for RED or for The Expendables? 🙂

RED was so much fun to watch. It had fun humor, action, adventure, mystery, and just a little bit of romance tossed in, placing Willis in a role that smashes Korben Dallas (The Fifth Element) and John McClane (Die Hard) together into one! It’s a movie for a date night or for a guy’s night out! Enjoyable for many viewers and audiences all at the same time! And, coincidentally, it’s just so happens to be my favorite color! I recommend watching RED!

Thanks for reading!  

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

 –The Sp1der’s Score Overall: 7.5 out of 10 stars RED

Have a great weekend!

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16 comments

  1. Glad you liked this T, as you already know I’d watch this again in a heartbeat. Can’t say the same about Expendables though, that’s by far the WORST movie I’ve seen this year. Oh right, Space Cowboys, that’s a good one. That’s a Clint Eastwood movie right? Man that guy is amazing.

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    • hahaha. I laughed at your “love” for Expendables. haha. it wasn’t all that bad to me! I really enjoyed RED. and, yes, Eastwood did Space Cowboys as well. His new one, Hereafter releases in a few days. Any initial thoughts on that one from you?

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      • ‘Hereafter’ was really good, but not great. It felt much more like reading a book – good, but kinda plodding. The opening scene was a jaw-dropper though!

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      • Guess what, I actually got a free screening pass to see Hereafter tonight but I gave them to a colleague at work. I didn’t mind seeing it on dvd but I’m afraid it’d be too bleak and slow for a theater viewing. I usually reserve those for more action-packed type of movies. Besides, I’m not keen on movies about psychics, just a matter of principle.

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      • Very kind of you to give the pass away. This one does look intriguing to me. Quite different from Eastwood’s usual. But it also looks as if it will be pretty sad too. Kind of a mix between Sixth Sense and Pay it Forward. I can see Dustin’s point in how it’s like reading a book. But I am skeptical as well, because books are always so much greater than the film the follows suit. So, while reminding him of a book may be a downside, it actually makes it seem even more interesting to me. I’ll be sure to let you know when I am able to post my review. (I should move to your neck of the woods to get into screenings even earlier!) 😉

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  2. I love your review. I love this movie, the kind of movie that I will watch over and over again.
    Malkovich is the best in cast 🙂
    I need to write my review too…soon.

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