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So this is another 'retired badass some bad guys decide to screw with for no good reason' movie, but I smashed the purchase button when I saw it was Bruce Willis. So you have that highly predictable plotline. BUT Bruce Willis has a crush on this girl half his age, breaks into her house, kidnaps her, and has her tied up duct-taped mouth while making smalltalk for a first date. Their second date involves about a hundred police cars, but Bruce Willis is driving one of those. I think Bruce introduces the girl to his paranoid friend for a third date, and the paranoid friend is right about everything. I think the fourth or fifth date Bruce is a general and his girlfriend is helping him break into the CIA with more Bruce Willisness than Tom Cruise could ever hope to achieve. Somewhere around the end, Bruce is in handcuffs, the main badguy is giving his monologue, all the bad guys have all the guns and are going to kill Bruce and his girlfriend.. yattayattayatta… Then you get surprised by an actually good ending. And rather than make you wait for all the credits to roll to see the secret miniclip, they treat you to an awesome post-ending action sequence before rolling the credits. All-in-all, a 5-BruceWillis movie. It's like he watched john wick, mission impossible, taken, equalizer, matrix, and T3, then handed someone his beer and went to work.
This is not about the movie which I like. This about the digital copy. I try to buy movies that have the dvd or blue ray WITH the digital copy. Region says US and CANADA but I didn’t see a disclaimer on amazon indicating the digital copy only works in Canada so it’s useless to me. The pathetic site is the only place I found a note saying those digital movies were redeemable in Canada ONLY. No support link to remedy this. I had to wait for delivery and use the code before finding out. The slip with the code had it in tiny print and the website ends with .com but redirects to.CA for Canada.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED -- full of twists & turns -- classic quotable scenes!!
He's a retired CIA operative. She is a spunky desk customer service rep with VA or some govt agency. They talk on the phone each month when he "looses" or does not get his benefits check. He develops a crush on her -- and it is mutual. But well he is a customer.... so... yeah... very.... she dreams of a life of adventure. Her work cubical is full of travel posters and she read adventure based / spy thriller romance novels. SIGH. SO SWEET RIGHT???
Until real life intervenes. A hit team is sent to kill him -- and because he's been talking to her -- he knows now that she is at risk. AND SO IT BEGINS....
This is Campy, complete with postcard graphics between each segment -- and it is FUN, humorous -- with ALL STAR CAST.
oh yeah Bruce Willis is just fantastic, but it is the supporting cast that you are gonna just LOVE.
AMAZON PRIME streaming on this was great. I actually own the DVD too. But I've been sick and to be honest, for the price -- affordable, I could press 2 buttons and watch my movie streaming. AND if you buy it -- can stream it again. And I was already familiar with the film. NOTHING LIKE STREAMING A MOVIE WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL WELL -- PERFECT. Love this service from Amazon!!
Red was a brand new take on the spy movie. It was based upon a comic book of the same name. What made it different from the rest of the genre was that it focused upon old retired spies and killers. That’s what red stood for, Retired and Extremely Dangerous. It was also an action-comedy that didn’t mind poking fun at itself.
The cast started with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) being targeted by the CIA. He was an old spy who liked flirting with a billing agent named Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) on the phone because he didn’t have much of a life after the Agency. When his former employer tries to kill him, he decides he has to save Sarah because she would be next for having a relationship with him. That prompts Moses to get his old spy friends together to see what’s up. That includes Marvin (John Malkovich) a crazy old man who was experimented on with drugs back in the day and is extremely paranoid about the government to the point that he lives underground. There’s also Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman) who is in a retirement home. Finally, Victoria (Helen Mirren) is a former assassin. They bring in the help of KRG operative Ivan Simanov (Brian Cox) because he can help them against the CIA. Speaking of which William Cooper (Karl Urban) is the agent hunting them all down. It turns out Moses and his friends were all involved in an old operation that the CIA wants to be buried and forgotten, and those involved killed as a result.
The story has a winning combination as there is constant gun play, chases, etc., and then the characters are thrown into funny situations. Especially good is Willis with Malkovich. The latter really plays the deranged roles well. Mirren was also great as an assassin.
Red was a really enjoyable film that had great characters, great acting, a story full of twists that threw in some laughs along the way. C
This is a bit over the top, but it's so much fun watching the cast chew the scenery. Loved the tribute to Rosemary Rogers and other Avon romance novel writers that runs through the book as well--bit of an in-joke. The travel postcards are hilarious as well. So many similar witty bits deftly woven throughout the script--you will have a great time watching this one. Last movie Ernie Borgnine did and he nails his role. A must-see film that will leave you laughing at the end.
Oh my gosh! What a lame unbelievable story!! These actors should be ashamed of them selves for even doing this trainwreck of a very bad movie!! This piece of trash is right there with the worst rated movie of all time, Plan 9 from Outer Space!!! The only good part in the night mare is when it was over!!!!
3.0 out of 5 starsRED is fully equipped with light action set pieces that shows the youth of today how it's done.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2019
RED is fully equipped with light action set pieces that shows the youth of today how it's done. Retired. Extremely. Dangerous. Three words that sums up my career of playing 'Mario Kart' at tournament "pro" level. But enough about my personal and secretive endeavours, let's dive head first into the world of elderly agents exposing very important people for the charlatans that they are. As silly as this DC comic book adaptation sounds, and it does venture into the stupid very frequently, it's just damn good fun and so watchable that you'll be eternally smiling as Willis devours a hearty breakfast by himself. The CIA are tasked in wiping out Frank Moses, a retired analyst who was part of a special operation years ago, to which he must find out the truth before everyone involved is killed.
Mixing action and light-hearted comedy often produces tepid results. The gags being more broken than Malkovich's mind. Fortunately this adaptation knows exactly what it is and never tries to be anything else. It's straight up fun, entertaining and swift. Agents literally explode into smithereens. I mean, literally. Boom! An exquisitely dressed Mirren unleashes a barrage of bullets from a gun that is three times the size of her. Willis actually smiles. And I'm absolutely fine with Parker getting kidnapped and handcuffed to a bed against her will. Perhaps the only time I'll allow that, ever.
Sure, the plot descends into a blah-fest that no one cares about, mostly due to the environment changing every eight seconds (to which a postcard is shoved in my face). And the climax is so anti-climactic that Willis essentially sneezes on the villain and the world is saved. Yet the cast packed tonnes of charisma into their performances, that they outdo the script given to them. The older cast members delivered the goods, but so did Urban who channelled his inner badass in preparation for 'Dredd'. Despite the generic forgettable plot of RED that not even the fantastic cast cared about and Willis munching on Parker's face at the end (ew...), it's the buoyant action and humour that elevated this adaptation into be classified as "good".
I don’t know why I feel so ‘dirty’ watching ‘Red.’ Deep down I know it’s hardly Shakespeare and I should never rate it more than a 2/5. However, there’s something oddly satisfying from watching a load of old actors go crazy with guns and take out wave after wave of trained henchmen like they were immortal. ‘Red’ is effectively an action-thriller, with a healthy dose of ‘Bourne-like’ spy-movie thrown in there. Bruce Willis plays a retired John McClane (not really, but he might as well – effectively a retired CIA killer) who, something, something, something, ends up on the run with a woman he’s been flirting with over the phone. Naturally, there’s hired government killers on his trail at every turn and he must fight for survival every step of the way while he desperately tries to prove his innocence. Think that plot synopsis sounds familiar? Well, it does. It’s basically the same as every other recent (Bourne clone) spy movie made in the last few years. It’s nothing new, but it is fun.
I guess you could say that it’s a bit of a gimmick having the lead being an ‘elderly’ balding (sorry Bruce!) hero, as opposed to a young man with a nice tan and full head of hair on the run. In fact… it is the ‘age factor’ that is this film’s only real selling point. Bruce doesn’t go it alone, he’s helped out by an aging John Malkovich, an aging Morgan Freeman and an aging Helen Mirran – all of which are quite capable to murdering any young, highly-trained upstart who gets in their way. And, yes, it is fun to see them in action.
Despite the serious subject matter of death at every turn, the film never even attempts to take itself seriously. It knows it’s daft and over the top and that’s its main saving grace. If it tried to make us think that a bunch of senior citizens could really do all this then it would be ridiculous. However, throughout all the car chases and shootouts it almost parodies itself.
If you like your action movies fun (like pre Daniel Craig Bond) then you should appreciate this, plus if you’re a fan of Bruce Willis doing what he does best, or just want to see Helen Mirren wield a sniper’s rifle, then you should definitely enjoy this. The plot is simple, Karl Urban is kind of wasted as the film’s primary antagonist, hell bent on Willis’ capture/death, but he’s a nice addition anyway. Just don’t think too deeply about why an older man still has to have a considerably younger love interest at his side!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2019
I’ve seen it before, of course. I also have a copy of Red 2. Then I realised I really wanted to own the pair. I love Bruce Willis, and the increasingly mad John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, too. It’s not only a very good action thriller, but it has believable characters and a clever storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Well, the film's been reviewed to death here, so I'm not going to review that, I'm going to review the DVD, after two trailers you can skip through, you get to the menu. It has a very interesting commentary by an ex CIA agent which is definitely worth the watch, and frankly if that was the only extra on this disk I'd be happy, however there are quite a few other bits and pieces. There is a trivia track that you can choose to run throughout the film - I gave up on it after the third piece of trivia because it had nothing to do with the film, and I don't care how many times you hear 'I Got You Babe' in Groundhog Day, or how many official shades of red there are; I love watching extended and deleted scenes, and there are plenty of them here, choose 'play all' though, just for the speed of getting through the menu screen - the same with the interviews, which are shortish but interesting, and the CIA 'documentary' which shouldn't have been separated into small little sections, there was nothing new to me in the documentary, but then I've watched a lot of documentaries, it might be new information to you. Compared to some DVDs these days this is a pretty decent one for extras, according to the back of the box there's an easter egg too, which I haven't found yet, so if someone could enlighten me....?
This was been on my buy when cheap enough list (otherwise known as Amazon wish list) for some time before I finally got round to buying and watching it and wondering why the hell I waited so long because it's great.
Based on a short graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, the producers (or whoever) had the sense to keep only the idea and the skeleton of the story, flesh it out and hire some of the best actors of a certain age which also includes Brian Cox and Richard Dreyfuss, use a script peppered with great dialogue and lots of action, and let it loose.
Ex-CIA black ops agent Willis regularly phones an office in Kansas City ostensibly to complain about the non-appearance of his retirement cheque but really to flirt with the thirty-something woman (Mary-Louise Parker) who deals with his case. When, following the latest call, a CIA hit team arrive to take him out but get taken by him. He then drives to Kansas City to rescue/kidnap Parker before they get to her and then get in touch with old black ops buddies to find out what the hell has been going on.
Freeman is in an old people's home dying of cancer, Malkovitch is paranoid and living in a swamp, ex-MI6 hitwoman Mirren is living a gentile life in the American countryside. He also consults old Russian enemy Brian Cox who has a history with Mirren. Meanwhile immaculately dressed, ruthless CIA hitman Karl Urban (a fine actor when given the right role) is given the task of dealing with Willis and his team. Urban has only one flaw which is a tendency to independent thinking. I can't tell you Richard Dreyfuss' role in this or I'd have to kill you.
What you get is an action-packed but witty romp where all the cast are on top form and clearly having fun at the same time. There's great chemistry between the five leads -don't forget Parker, and Cox's part is more than a cameo. The action sequences are done well and watch out for John Malkovitch versus... but that would be telling. Sure it's a mindless piece of fluff but it also happens to be great entertainment and a sequel would be welcomed by me at least.