“Red” what they say :
Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank’s life are his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank’s past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Franks past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED … Retired Extremely Dangerous.
What I say:
I really like this movie! The opening shots are of “Frank” at home, going about his daily chores. The framing is fantastic. Frank is boxed in at every chance. Door frames and walls show how hemmed in Frank (a retired CIA agent) really is. They keep the colors bright and cheerful though so as not to depress you!
Its a comedy action movie and does a fantastic job of merging 2 genres. Some spectacular action with just slightly out of this world precision, brings some Mission Impossible in to this all star movie.
Bruce Willis is looking old! but he plays Frank perfectly, along side Morgan Freeman and that chick from weeds, Helen Miran… they all play their characters perfectly.
The action is interspersed with good humor and real dialog. I also really liked the postcard motif-ed segways to the different locations. The pacing of the film is also on the money. The characters are likable, even the antagonist is really a good guy. This movie is tongue in cheek, light hearted action. Helen Merin is at one point in a glamorous ball gown, with GI Joe boots blasting a 50 cal fully auto machine gun. I love it. The end scene is tribute to this tounge in cheek-ness with bruce willis wheelbarrowing john malcoviche through an exploding field with a whole army shooting at them, john is weaaring a dress while Bruce is telling the arm they suck. totally OTT poking fun at themselves.
Take this film for what it is; entertainment for all the family.
I give it four out of five. It is a good movie. Well filmed. Nice story line. Good all rounder.