Saturday, February 1, 2014

RED (2010) [PG-13] ****

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is a retired, black-ops CIA agent, living on a government pension in a nondescript Cleveland suburb. He's bored and lonely; his only friend is Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker), his case worker at the government pension processing center, whom he calls monthly to talk about his pension check and the romance novels she's reading.

After surviving an assassination attempt, Frank discovers that he and his former CIA team have been targeted for elimination because of their involvement in a covert action many years earlier, and that Sarah, because of her connection with Frank, is also a target. While they try to stay one step ahead of the assassination team, Frank and Sarah criss-cross the country reassembling Frank's team, including Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, all of whom are RED (Retired: Extremely Dangerous). Ultimately, they must break into CIA headquarters, where they uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

Based on the D.C. Comics cult graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, this film is pure entertainment, an action comedy with big guns, big explosions and non-stop laughs. While the script is not particularly subtle, and major plot points are telegraphed in advance, the fast-paced action, high production values and the incredible acting talent assembled for this project all insure that the audience has a good time. The supporting cast includes Karl Urban and Rebecca Pidgeon as the black-ops assassination team, Brian Cox as a Russian KGB agent, Richard Dreyfuss as a corrupt arms dealer, and Ernest Borgnine as a CIA records keeper. If you enjoy fast-paced comedy action thrillers, films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) and Knight and Day, then you won't want to miss RED

Labels: action, comedy, crime, thriller    
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 61/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=63, viewers=74)  

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