Excerpt: Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), formerly one of the top CIA operatives, now lives the lonely life of a pensioner, marked RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous). When an attempt is made on his life, Moses teams with his old, retired friends in a cross-country mission to find and expose the men responsible.
Excerpt: I recall seeing an interview with Bruce Willis on the show Between Two Ferns . If you’ve never seen the show check it out, by the way. It’s hosted by Zach Galifianakis and he interviews “A” list movie stars. In his interview he says to Willis “Do you ever see a script and say ‘No, thanks.’” to which he coyly replies “No, not really.” What’s that mean?
Excerpt: Red is loaded with action, the type of ridiculous stunts that are right in tone with the film’s comedic nature. Where else will you see John Malkovich playing a retired CIA agent whose aiming is so precise it can blow up an RPG rocket in mid-air? You’ll never see Bruce Willis stand up after exiting a spinning car, gun cocked and loaded to fire at oncoming traffic again either. Red is just that awesome, and so is Willis.
Excerpt: The Movie Based on a little-known DC Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, RED is one of those big, loud action comedies that we can look forward to with an ice cold soda in one hand and a bucket of popcorn in the other. Rated PG-13, there's no particularly gory violence, especially foul language and no sex or nudity, really just a brisk, over-the-top string of good-guys-versus-bad-guys mayhem.
Excerpt: As an adaptation of a graphic novel that doesn't feature superheroes, bland 20-something actors or an overarching mythology linking into other movies, Red is already a giant breath of fresh air from minute one. Taking on Warren Elis's slim novel and expanding it into a giant world of CIA agents marked "Retired: Extremely Dangerous," director Robert Schwentke is practically licking his chops behind the scenes as he puts Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian...
Excerpt: There’s a touch of smirking apathy to everything Bruce Willis does these days, an attitude that reads as “I’ve already won the Hollywood game, but I guess I can keep playing for everyone else’s sake.” It can be a winningly intimate feeling that we’re all just hanging out with the actor himself, like old buddies.
Summary: Old man my ass! Assassins. Paranoia. Mind control. Spry spies. Unlikely Loves. Political gamesmanship. Big government. Deadly secrets. Retirement homes. These are just some of the ingredients all mashed together in Director Robert Schwentke's ( Flightplan ) Red , a D.C. Comics-based Action/Comedy hybrid that somehow manages to precisely measure its smorgasbord of ingredients and bake them into a delicious singular entity that's as action-packed as it is humor-laced.
Excerpt: Kindly old Northwest widower Brian Cox wakes up early one Sunday, feeds his dog Red, then drives out to his favorite quiet fishing spot for a day of idling. In the late afternoon, three snotty teenagers emerge from the woods brandishing a shotgun, and ask if Cox has any money. He tries to placate them, but their ringleader, Noel Fisher, shoots Red.
Summary: With a cast to die for, who wouldn't expect big things from Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous)? Watching Dame Helen Mirren fire a bazooka while maintaining her queenly disposition is worth paying the admission fee, and Kiwi star Karl Urban is suitably stony as Bruce Willis' nemesis. More But this comedy-action flick has little else going for it than its red-hot leads.