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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun action caper that doesn't take itself too seiously
The fact that 'Red' is meant to be a bit silly makes it a lot of fun. Take it's origin - graphic novel. And its topic, about a bunch of retired agents getting thrown back into action when they're tagged for termination, is the kind of daft 'high concept' they used to do in the '90s.
Luckily it's well made. When it's played for laughs, the tone is bang on perfect...
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by Benminx

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3.0 out of 5 stars Did you vacuum in here?...
Frank 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 centre when he gets to talk to his case worker Sarah.

Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and...
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun action caper that doesn't take itself too seiously, 14 Jun 2011
This review is from: Red [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The fact that 'Red' is meant to be a bit silly makes it a lot of fun. Take it's origin - graphic novel. And its topic, about a bunch of retired agents getting thrown back into action when they're tagged for termination, is the kind of daft 'high concept' they used to do in the '90s.
Luckily it's well made. When it's played for laughs, the tone is bang on perfect. Helen Mirren's scenes as the charming ex assassin are fantastic, and come with great comedy timing, especially the scene where she racks back the bolt on an assault rifle while informing the girly 'Sarah' that she thought it would be nice for them to spend "a little girl time together".
Bruce Willis is perfect as retired CIA agent Frank - still very slick at the action stuff to the point of looking convincing as he trades slugs with Karl Urban, and yet somehow able to playfully flirt with Mary Louise Parker's much younger 'Sarah' without it feeling particularly creepy.
Parker is great fun, throwing herself into the role of the semi-kidnapped call centre employee with vim and enthusiasm, while Freeman and Malkovitch are great throughout. Karl Urban manages to make his nominal bad guy a far more rounded character than expected as well.
The direction is fast and very good, and the dialogue is often funny, while some of the scenes manage to successfully mix comedy and action in equal measures, which is often much harder than it sounds.
As a story this is very enjoyable with some interesting locations and excellent ideas. The effects are good as well, and pack some great explosions.
It even has a comedy pig (you'll see what I mean). A lot of fun.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still dangerous, still got it, 28 Feb 2011
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Red [DVD] (DVD)
Red is a very silly but very enjoyable action comedy. A great cast, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Karl Urban and Ernest Borgnine all giving excellent performances, with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich being the standouts. Hard to picture Bruce Willis retired but he plays it well, and yes i suppose he is getting near retirement age now. Don't take any of this film seriously and you should enjoy it as it is a lot of fun to watch and there are good action scenes too.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment:, 21 Jun 2011
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Excellent entertainment: Excellent action, Excellent filming & supporting impressive soundtrack engaging flowing story, lovable characters, great humour; both obvious and subtle. I enjoyed this film so much that I've watched it 3 times over the last 5 days-it's a quality Film.

I was initially dubious about this film so thanks to "Benminx" Amazon review I bought into this move and "Benminx" comment is spot on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun spy thriller - how comedy actions movies should be made, 31 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Red [DVD] (DVD)
RED stands for retired and extremely dangerous. Bruce Willis is a retired CIA "analyst" who is bored and trying to chat-up the woman who deals with his pension cheques when suddenly someone is trying to kill him. Then the relentless action begins and never stops. It is a lot like Knight and Day, only with a cast that can pull it off.

Willis is great as the hunted "granddad" with attitude and enough weaponry to restart the cold war. Morgan Freeman plays a great little cameo as one of his old CIA friends, Helen Mirren is also good along with Brian Cox, but the stand out performance is John Malkovitch's character. He is just brilliant, in some of the silliest but best fun moments of the film. He plays the madman perfectly. The scene at the airport when they are cornered by the CIA hit team is brilliant - especially his shoot out with a rocket propelled grenade.

I can't understand why this didn't make a bigger impact at the cinema. It is well worth watching and my children loved it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did you vacuum in here?..., 14 Mar 2014
This review is from: Red [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Frank 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 centre when he gets to talk to his case worker Sarah.

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....

Even though it has some great self-deprecating performances from the eclectic cast, and it has it's tongue firmly in cheek, 'RED' does become boring at certain times, and the action and fighting seem a little too fluid and slick.

After all, his is supposed to be old school stuff.

Willis as always is on top form here, really winking at the camera and riffing on all the tough guy roles he has ever played. No one could have done a better job. But Malkovich steals the show as the disjointed part of the team, and the film has it's best parts when he is in it.

The rest of the cast are good, but it would have been nice to have seen a little more of them.

Even though they are a little too slick, the set pieces are still great and keep the pace of the film running smoothly.

It's a good film, but it does get a little lethargic in places, much like the cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old People Have More Fun, 5 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Red [DVD] (DVD)
This is a brilliantly funny action movie with very wide appeal. I couldn't resist adding my superlatives to the long list of positive reviews, especially since I have watched this DVD recently for the third time. Even the extra features are interesting!

All the main players are in top form and their obvious chemistry adds so much to the generally upbeat mood. They are having a ball and not taking themselves too seriously, while poking fun at a series of events which are both topical and credible. We learn from the extras that an ex-CIA agent oversaw the production and it shows!

The story begins with a look at the life of early retiree Frank Moses (Bruce Willis at his sardonic best), and it is immediately clear that this freakishly neat, mild-mannered man has secret depths. He calls to complain about his pension payment being late, but this is a blatant excuse to chat up his caseworker (competently portrayed by Mary-Louise Parker). It becomes clear that, despite their age difference, they have both been enjoying these conversations for some time and soon, with some misgivings, she agrees to meet Frank in real life.

From here on, the action takes off as Frank's past catches up with him and, facing mortal danger, he is forced to re-assemble a team of his former associates.

John Malkovich gives an unforgettable performance as a mentally-damaged but still sharp former CIA operative ("I'm getting the PIG"); Helen Mirren is equally fantastic as the gun-toting ex-spy who is unable to make a complete transition to her new life as the suave hostess of a luxury guest house ("I take the odd contract on the side. I just can't stop."). Brian Cox is priceless in the role of a love-sick Russian agent and manages to steal many scenes ("But you didn't come just for the vodka"). Morgan Freeman is both touching and hilarious and Karl Urban deals expertly with his conflicted character. Ernest Borgnine brings a life-weary, seen-it-all, deep humanity in a superb cameo appearance. I could go on, as there isn't a weak performance in this whole movie and the stunts and special effects are nothing less than spectacular.

The movie moves along at a lively pace and there are surprises right up to the end. This is a true comedy, a rare gem in a wasteland of hyped-up funny films that simply aren't amusing, to me anyway, and I have enjoyed it more each time I have watched it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't make Bruce Willis see Red..., 13 May 2012
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This review is from: Red [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Based on a relatively obscure miniseries by DC Comics, RED tells the story of a group of retired CIA agents considered to be code RED, which means Retired: Extremely Dangerous. Having moved on from their exciting lives, the former spies have settled into more mundane existences until a conspiracy from their past threatens to drag them back into the world of espionage and danger.

Bruce Willis stars as the lead character, Frank Moses, and spends most of the film perfecting that half-smile stare that he seems to use for his more recent action movies. It evokes a sense of 'too cool for school' and almost belies a sense of boredom of having to star in yet another action hero role. He doesn't seem to stretch himself too much in the role and aside from a few witty one-liners, he actually seems very distant from the film - almost as if nothing happening on-screen fazes him.

His co-stars, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich seem to be more invested in the film, although with the exception of John Malkovich, none of them seem overly exerting themselves in playing their characters. Malkovich's turn as the paranoid, eccentric former-spy, Marvin, was a highlight of the film and brought an added sense of fun to the surprisingly light-hearted thriller.

I also enjoyed Karl Urban's role as the main antagonist and look forward to seeing him appear in more films in the future. The sequence with him and Bruce Willis having an extended fight scene was effectively brutal and showcased both actors very well, although i'd imagine most of the violent scenes were done by stunt-men rather than the actors themselves. The female lead, Mary-Louise Parker, was also quite enjoyable as the bewildered civilian who is dragged into the conspiracy of these aged-CIA agents and those trying to kill them. I didn't think there wasn't that much chemistry between her and Willis though, which made you wonder why she continued to follow him into dangerous circumstances again and again.

The film itself seemed to plod along with a fairly standard plot, which seemed to service merely as a device to get them to visit a myraid of American states, complete with a rather nice postcard themed animation sequence for each new location they visit. The set-pieces are more livelier than the plot, especially the Ocean's Eleven-esque sequence towards the end when the gang attempt to kidnap a high-value target from underneath the government's nose, putting their skills as secret agents to the test.

I quite liked the idea of an "aged A-Team", as it were, but I don't think there was enough charm to this movie and some of the potential of having retired CIA agents was lost. I think a far more interesting opportunity would have been to have cast older action stars against the younger generation and play on the casting a bit more, similar to how Sylvester Stallone cast his actors for The Expendables, which shares a similar theme of aged mercernaries struggling against the modern world, but it plays upon the stereotypical action movie tropes a lot more than RED does.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.D. is F.U.N., 29 Nov 2011
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This film is a superb frolic and 'take-off' of spy movies. It's clearly not meant to be taken seriously, especially John Malkovitch, who is trigger-happy and just plain mad! My favourite character was Helen Mirren, who was just superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE CAST LIST SHOULD DRAW YOU IN', 4 July 2014
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This review is from: Red [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The film is billed as an action-comedy, the film is most certainly tongue in cheek stuff, with the likes of 'John Malcovich' and 'Bruce Willis' teamed up couldn't really be anything but.
'Frank' (Bruce Willis) (a former top-line C.I.A. agent ) finds himself a target of the agency, quickly realizing an inocent by-stander would also be involved 'Frank' rescues his 'on-line' friend 'Sarah' played by 'Mary Louise Parker'' from the 'closing-in' 'C.I.A'
the two team up with 'Frank's' old team ( 'Marvin'(Malcovich),'Joe'(Morgan Freeman) and 'Victoria'(Helen Mirren) to un-ravell why they have become targets of the agency they had served.
It soon becomes obvious that something they all knew from an operation years before was being covered up to allow a political figure to stand for President.
With some neat touches of humour and unlikely action sequences the film though not quite hitting the heights it might of is still well worth a visit.
( as a earlier reviewer mentioned, yes it was nice to see the likes of 'Ernest Borgnine' involved in the movie )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retired and Extremely Dangerous !, 31 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Red [DVD] (DVD)
This is a shining example of exactly how to bring a comic strip to the screen. In this case the source material was by Southend-On-Sea based writer Warren Ellis.

After a slightly downbeat start, we are brought into a non stop romp as retired agents gleefully come out of retirement for one last job. The action is well shot, but equally importantly it is absolutely impossible to take it too seriously. The whole thing is like Bugs Bunny for grown ups, with jokes, action, more jokes, more action.

The stars are all superb, clearly having a great time, and there is not a dull moment there. I watched this with the rest of my family, and we all loved it. Highly recommended, it is worth the price of admission just to see Helen Mirren handling small arms, and even a huge 50 caliber belt fed machine gun.
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