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Red

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What do you get when you mix four retired CIA agents facing assassination?  Answer, one of the most fun action movies of 2010-11.  I’ll be honest, I wasn’t exactly excited about this film.  I wasn’t dreading it either, but it didn’t seem so fantastic when it was out in theaters last summer.  Much to my surprise, Red offers plenty of action, great acting, and lots of laughs. 

Bruce Willis is Frank Moses, a retired agent whose life seems so mundane (and eternally single) that he continually rips up his pension checks just so he can call and request replacements aka flirt with Sara, played by Mary-Louise Parker.  Things pick up quickly when one day he comes home to realize that someone is out to kill him.  But ‘ole Frank still has his game, escapes, and begins a grand adventure to learn the truth and clear his name.  This means teaming up with former colleagues, all of which have trust issues, and running all over the U.S. with assassins fast at their heels.

Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman have wonderful chemistry together.  And Parker adds comic relief as the amateur in the crew.  Red is refreshing and is one of those increasingly rare well-written action flicks.  Who cares whose really trying to kill them?  It’s just such a blast watching those old fogies kick butt.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

What he said:

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What do CIA agents do when they retire? I have no idea, but if Red is even remotely based in any kid of reality they are really bored. So-much-so they do all kinds of funny things to amuse themselves.

Take Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) for example; he repeatedly tears up his government pension checks just so he has someone to speak to every few days. In this case, it’s his case worker (and object of his affection) Sarah (played by Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is also lonely and bored so she welcomes these weekly calls.

But things get a little hairy when he shows up at her front door saying the both of them are now targets of the CIA (based on Frank’s former job as an agent). He basically kidnaps her and they two – along with many of his former partners – encounter all kinds of bad dudes with lots of guns at every turn.

Their chemistry was fantastic btw. As people from two completely different walks of life, you’d expect them to reaction to the current situation exactly like those characters did. It was very much like a good buddy-cop flick in that sense.

One of these brilliant partners is Marvin Boggs, whose played brilliants by John Malkovich. Seriously, I can’t say enough about his role in this film. It embodies what the movie is about; a fun, action-themed comedy.

Like Frank, Marvin is a former CIA agent. The only difference is Marvin is kind of nuts. He is totally paranoid and a conspiracy theorist to boot. The second you see his character come on to screen, you know you’re in for a treat. 

Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and the rest of the cast were just fine too. Not a bad bit of acting from the bunch of them, it’s just I enjoyed the other three so much.

There’s also some fun action too. The fight between Karl Urban’s character and Willis’ was pretty kick-ass.

Verdict: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on February 14, 2011.