Review: “RED” is fun and funny, not great

October 15th, 2010 at 7:20 am by under Entertainment

 If you are interested in this movie or like a decent action-comedy then go see a matinee showing of “RED”… if not, wait to rent this movie that is entertaining and pretty good for what it is: an ensemble action movie with moments of levity, but will not contend for any Oscars.

This is way better than Bruce Willis’ last action-comedy “Cop Out”… and more entertaining than “Surrogates”.  
   

(My spoiler-free review)

“RED” is funny and fun, its not great but it was a fun journey.  The ensemble cast of veteran actors are definitely having a fun time making this one and it comes through on screen in their chracters and their chemistry.

Frank (Willis) has quite a crew of characters and Willis shows some glimpses of the fun, less rigid action guy he used to be.  But let’s be honest – Willis is the straight man in this bunch that includes a maniacal John Malkovich, a smooth veteran Morgan Freeman, a bad-gramma jamma Helen Mirren, plus a plucky Mary-Louise Parker who dreams of life like romance novels, and still got it Ernest Borgnine (who gets to stay the movie’s title).  Malkovich and Mirren are the real stars in this with his crazy wreckless abandon for taking out the bad guys and her calm cool gun-toting demeanor … it was nice that they are paired at one point of the mission because their characters are just plain fun to watch… something that can be said for just about every movie I have seen either of them in.

The supporting cast of Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, and James Remar add to the movies depth of interesting characters, although the Dreyfuss and McMahon characters  come off a little comical and over-the-top, but that may be more of what the script was asking for than any indication of their talents… which they’re proved in the past. 

This movie is based on a series of D.C. Comics graphic novels and while parts of the movie feel like the pages of a graphic novel come-to-life, this movie is not bogged down by the trappings of other comic book/graphic novel adapatations.  So if you’re worried about this being overly “superhero/comic book-y”, don’t worry its not.

While this movie may appeal to a slightly older crowd of action movie fans – those more of Willis’ age group – its safe to say that movie fans in their 20′s, 30′s, and 40′s also enjoy the action and comedy that “RED” offers.  They certainly did at the screening I attended.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

While “RED” never rises to great but it is a fun and entertaining adventure with laughs and a little romance along the way… I give it 7.0 out of 10 … a fun one to see, especially if you’re not paying full price admission… or just renting it.

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“RED”

(2010) (rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language.)
(1 hr, 51 min)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Morgan Freeman, Ernest Borgnine, John Malkovich, James Remar, Brian Cox, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon

Director: Robert Schwentke  ["The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), "Flightplan" (2005) ]

Genre: Action/Comedy

The Plot: (BASED ON D.C. COMICS GRAPHIC NOVELS) When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive.

So what did you think?  Please post a comment!

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“RED” poster courtesy Summit Entertainment

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