Movie Review: RED

18 Aug

Based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novels by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, RED is an action-comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIAs top agents, but the secrets they know just made them the Agencys 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.

Ok so now that you know the plot and see all the big names in the movie, you might be thinking – well that sounds pretty entertaining and actually good! Well – hold that thought…

Click to keep reading and see my final rating!

I was privileged to see an advanced screening of RED (at 10am for some odd reason). The movie starts well enough, with Frank retired and with no clue what to do on his free time – so he calls his pension lady (Mary Louise Parker) almost every day. They form a bond – thus putting her in danger. So when Frank is suddenly attacked in the middle of the night by the CIA, Frank is forced to go save his pension friend, Sarah – which sets off the big road trip!

You would think with this cast, let me just list it here for you – Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Helen Miren, John Malkovich, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, and Karl Urban – that something amazing could come out of this. However, it is just another CIA film with some explosions. Willis lacks any personality in the film and no real connection is made. Parker is good in her damsel in distress role, but usually just a background character unnoticed. Malkovich is the real stand out – playing a crazed former CIA agent – he adds comedy and honestly, put Malkovich in any role and I’ll probably like it. However he is only a minor character who isn’t even introduced until 40 minutes into the film. Brian Cox does his best with a fake Russian accent and adds little to the film. Helen Mirren is only in the film for maybe 35 minutes, but her character is the one that intrigued me the most – I just wish it was developed more.

RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) tries to be an action/comedy film – really hard – maybe too hard. I felt that the non-action sequences dragged on with no real development or “real” dialogue. While when the action sequences did come up, they were lack luster and I was left wanting more.

In conclusion, the story was one that has been told before – and honestly the only cool thing from the film was seeing all of these actors together on screen at one time.  While the movie was around 100 minutes, it felt like over two hours. Maybe they will change a few things to make it better, but I know when this comes out on October 15 I will skip it – and you should too.

Kibitzers Rating: 1.5 out of 5


2 Responses to “Movie Review: RED”

  1. Becky October 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Well that’s just great…guess who’s got a ticket to see this cinematic masterpiece tonight with mom, dad, and brother in tow? That’s right…this girl!

  2. Becky October 16, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Well I saw it and I really liked it! I appreciated the humor and thought it was very entertaining! Don’t ‘t go in expecting an insane action film (it’s a bunch of old people – they could throw out their backs!) and you might enjoy it too!

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