Red (2010)

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Released:  Friday, October 15, 2010  
Length:  111 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Red is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA’s top agents – but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

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David Thewlis Joins Cast of RED 2  9/10/2012 11:58 AM EDT
David Thewlis has signed on to the cast of "Red 2", and unlike his role in the Harry Potter films, when he played the part of werewolf Remus Lupin, this time around he gets to play "The Frog"."The Frog" is a dealer in information who picked up the nickname when he poisoned the water supply of the Kremlin using a poisonous Amazonian Frog.Thewlis will join Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovi...  More>>

Red Theatrical Review

Filling the comic book void this fall comes Red, starring an ensemble cast of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, and Richard Dreyfus.  It is based on the DC comic Book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer.
Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous) tells the story of Frank Moses (Bruce Willis),a retired CIA agent who is trying to live of the rest of his life as a civilian.  However, the government has other plans for him.  Now Frank, along with other fellow retired CIA agents, must uncover a plot that leads all of the way up to the highest levels of government.
To say Red has an amazing cast is as easy as saying that water is wet.  Bruce Willis is at the top of his game as usual, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovic play their parts to a tee, and Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker help provide great chemistry to the rag-tag group of ex-agents.
Red walks a very fine line between action and comedy.  One that is extremely hard to accomplish; however, Red pulls it off in the end -- thanks to the skillful writing of the original comic and the screenplay Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. The action is solid (I personally love seeing Hellen Mirren brandish a machine gun) and the dialog is quick witted.
Note though, Red is not without its faults.  It's director, Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, The Time Traveler's Wife), tries extremely hard to keep the film rooted in it's comic book ties with very stylized title sequences in between scenes.  However, the gimmick becomes old very quickly and detracts from the overall film.
Red is definitely a crowd pleaser, and is a great feel good movie to see this weekend.  If at some time, though. a sequel is made, they hopefully will choose a different director that will not try to over style the film.


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