10 October 2010
Red Does NOT Mean Stop!
Well, if Bruce Willis blowing stuff up with Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich wasn’t enough for you, they threw in Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine, Brian Cox and up-and-coming Karl Urban. Whew! That is a lot of people. It is second only to The Expendables.
R.E.D. was everything that The Expendables wanted to be; a bunch of over the hill people going out one last time. The story in this movie was vastly superior to that in The Expendables. The action scenes were about the same, but knowing that there were no strings or computer graphics does give The Expendables the advantage there. I think this is a better movie than The Expendables, which might sound sacrilegious, but it is true.
R.E.D. is simply the story of Frank Moses, played by Willis, who is a recent retiree from the C.I.A. He is marked Retired Extremely Dangerous, aka R.E.D., by the powers that be. Karl Urban’s William Cooper is sent on a mission to kill Moses. He asks no questions. We find later is basically Moses’ replacement.
Moses strikes up a phone relationship with Sarah Ross, played by Weeds’ Mary-Louise Parker, who works for Social Security. After a hit squad attacks his home, Moses goes to get Ross before she is killed. After that, we meet Freeman’s Joe Matheson in his retirement home. Next up is Marvin Boggs, played by John Malkovich, living in his below ground bomb shelter. His character was the best. Every scene he is in, he stole. Lastly, we meet Helen Mirren as Victoria in her stately home.
The crew go on a mission of their own to discover who has marked Moses RED, and why.
Along the way, Ernest Borgnine plays the elderly man who guards the archives. Richard Dreyfus is part of the conspiracy. Nip/Tuck’s Julian McMahon plays a Presidential candidate. And Brian Cox plays an old Russian from the Cold War who has history with the crew. All the acting was spot-on. A friend of mine thought that Brian Cox’s Russian accent didn’t suit him, but it didn’t bother me. The director’s inexperience did not show. His only real credentials are the pilot episode for Lie to Me, Flightplan, and The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s not that impressive, but this was. His next movie is R.I.P.D., Another comic/graphic novel adaptation. The writers were the same that brought the graphic novel Whiteout to the screen. I didn’t see that, but judging by its box office take, neither did anyone else.
In the end, I loved the movie very much and found it very entertaining. I highly recommend this movie to any action movie junky like me. The story was solid, the acting superb and the action was explosive.