RED (2010)

Review by CJ


Robert Schwentke

Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Dame Helen Mirren, Brian Cox

Other notable appearances:
Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon

Running time:
111 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Die HardTango & Cash, The A-Team, The Losers, The Expendables


When Sarah (Parker) organises to meet up with Frank (Willis) after several work related phone calls, she has no idea that he is a retired CIA agent. Frank shows up at Sarah’s apartment and turns her world upside-down as they are hunted by the CIA’s best active assassins. Now Frank and Sarah must team up with the CIA’s best retired assassins to survive.

RED is jam packed with gunfights, explosions, quirky characters and quips. It is everything that you could want in an action film.

Bruce Willis is in his element as badass CIA retiree Frank Moses. Freeman is always a delight to watch. Mirren is fantastic as the British assassin. Malkovich outdoes himself as the kooky Marvin Boggs. Urban is compelling as the current CIA agent tasked with tracking Moses. Parker is so much fun to watch as the unwitting fugitive — her transition from fear and anger to eventual delight are all fascinating to watch unfold.

The plot of RED is interesting while remaining simple enough not to get in the way of the explosive action.

RED is highly recommended for fans of action films, particularly action comedy films from the late 20th century. With lots of amusing character interactions, dry humour and great fight scenes, RED is almost certain to appeal to fans of Die Hard, Tango & Cash and similar action films with plenty of laughs.

5 Stars

“I never thought I’d say this again. I’m getting the pig!”

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