Review: RED (2010)

“You smell like Washington”

RED is a action-comedy film based around the DC comic of the same name. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Bruce Willis (Cop Out), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Helen Mirren (State of Play), John Malkovich (Burn After Reading) and Karl Urban (Star Trek).

RED; which stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous, describes all the retired agents in the film. The film is basically about hit squads sent out to kill Frank Moses (Willis) because of what he knows when he was an active Black-Ops CIA Agent. During his mundane retirement he begins to feel lonely and regularly chats to his pension customer service agent on the phone who’s name is Sarah (Parker). Once on the run from encountering the hit squad Frank picks up Sarah and travels to find former retired agents who may be in threat from the same enemy. In the meantime CIA Agent William Cooper (Urban) has been sent the task to eliminate Frank Moses.

Throughout the film we meet the rest of the “RED” team which consist of Joe Matheson (Freeman), Marvin Boggs (Malkovich) and Victoria (Mirren). As they all try and survive to find the answers to why they have been targeted.

The film didn’t live up to the trailers in the sense of action. The story was quite slow at times before anything happened and the acting was wooden at times, specially from Willis. The action though, when it did happen was good but could of been pumped up to “eleven”. The film has some great support actors in Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, James Remar and Julian McMahon which were under shadowed. Despite this John Malkovich for me made the film with his wonderfully eccentric character and produced the best quote from the film “You smell like Washington”, this however isn’t saying much because the rest of the one liners and jokes from the film were not as funny as they wanted them to be.

The film isn’t bad nor good but I would recommend it to people to watch, just don’t expect an all action romp. I’d give this a 3/5 just because of John Malkovich.


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