“RED” Old is where It’s at

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Thriller and Adaptation
Release Date: October 15th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language.


Director: Robert Schwentke

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Sure, it was fun.
Own it: Nope.
Recommend it to: People that enjoy wit and fun with old people, especially Helen Mirren.


Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) hits on Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) because he loves talking to her. He lies about his checks not coming so there’s a reason to speak with her. He decides that he’ll visit her and when he does, he realizes that someone is after him. RED.

The “old” create an action film that’s one of the best of the entire year, totally blowing out of the water the “young” and their unfragile state. Who knew Helen Miren could be so hot? So hot,…like hottie hot. I really was drooling after her. Seriously, her holding a gun with determination etched on her face was why the word hot was made in the first place.

Willis is fun and cool, of course. You saw how he got out of the cop car to shoot at someone. The bumper barely missed him. That’s cool and who can be cooler looking than Willis with a gun and not being sideswiped by a cop bumper in an impossible scene? Surely not Ashton, duh. Then there’s another cool guy, Morgan Freeman, that just oozes calm and confidence. He’ll hit you if you state he can’t. That’s awesome. John Malkovich is the crazed man running after you with a kiddy clock attached to his chest as if he’s a bomber or wearing all plastic so he doesn’t get dirty. He’s fun in a crazy grandpa kind of way.

Then there are the younger actors. Karl Urban is the one after all the oldies. He’s good with a scowl and gots the swagger down. Yes he played Bones in last year’s Star Trek it bugged me for a few moments while I watched him. Mary-Louise Parker is the love interest. She amazed me. I saw a little bit of the amazing light in the trailer when she’s excited that death might be a consequence of their actions, but watching the entire film she stood out as great. There’s so much tension with what’s going on with the guns and the ruining that when she had a line it usually lightened the mood. She had a bubbly personality to go with the harden determination of the rest of the cast. It pleasantly surprised me, that’s for sure.

RED is a fun film that entertained me from the get go to the credit roll. Lots of wit, action and entertaining actors who were perfect for each of their rolls. They could not have gotten a better cast. It’s a great popcorn flick and I’m sure if you wanted to see it based on the trailer, you will not be disappointed. It’ll do as it promised you in the trailer-- entertain.

It did everything that a few summer movies wished they could have done, like Salt wish it could have done. Salt failed on the action and some of the entertaining factors and RED showed how it was done with one less letter and far more entertainment, gusto and age. Old is in….well sort of.

I write like: Chuck Palahniuk

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