RED is a fun action flick featuring Willis and Oscar-winners

 

  Based on the DC Comic by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, Red has the greatest cast to be in an action film with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Oscar-winners Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman as a team of retired CIA agents.  

  Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA operative who misses the action and gets so lonely that he develops a friendship over the phone with Sarah (Mary Louise-Parker), a woman who writes his pension checks. Things change drastically for Frank when a hit squad shows up at his house with deadly intentions, which Frank dispatches with ease. With a relentless government agent (Karl Urban) on Frank’s trail, he sets out to save Sarah from being killed by whoever is targeting him and enlist the help of his former Black Ops team.  

  Whether they are old or young, this year has been the year for groups of mercenaries with movies like The Losers, The A-Team and The Expendables coming out. Red is another addition to this genre makes this a fun movie is watching some of these actors not only flex their action muscles, but also showing that they can deliver comedic performances as well.     

  Bruce Willis returns to his action roots four years after kicking ass in his last action movie, Live Free or Die Hard. Whether it is fighting a younger man in an office or stepping out of a spinning police car while shooting at his enemy, this movie proves that Willis stills has the balls to play an action hero at the age of 55.

  Helen Mirren is great as Victoria, the weapons expert on the team who can’t control her urge to take the occasional hit contract every now. One memorable scene in Red is seeing this Oscar-winner fire a humongous machine gun at the Vice President of the United States while in a white dress.

  Nobody plays crazy like John Malkovich and in this film, he steals ever scene he appears in as the paranoid schizophrenic ex-spy.

  While Mary Louise-Parker and Morgan Freeman receive top bill in the film and their characters are established early on in the story, Louise-Parker and Freeman have less to do in the story as more characters are introduced.

  Best known as the director of Flightplan and The Time Traveler’s Wife, Robert Schwentke does a great job in directing the action sequences and mixing action with comedy.

  Being based on a comic book, Red contains over-the-top action that are intentionally laughable whether it is one character using a gun as a bat to swat a grenade or shooting s  single bullet to deflect a bazooka. The romantic chemistry that seems forced between Willis and Louise-Parker falls flat and it is as forgettable as the plot itself, which has certain twists and turns that can be seen from a mile away.

Red: 3.5 out of 5 stars  

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