1. A film featuring Rutger Hauer!
2. A film featuring a car wash or someone washing a car!…
Still armed. Still dangerous. Still got it.
When his peaceful 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 and uncover his assailants.
The Best Expendable Marigold Hotel.
Sporadically funny and continuously uninspired, yet fun enough to keep you entertained from start to finish, Robert Schwentke's RED is a sadly disappointing action/comedy film that doesn't leave a great lasting impression. I've always been a sucker for crime comedies, they're usually fun & bloody and when they are well written, they easily win my heart—plus, a little bit of action never really hurt anyone. However, RED didn't really achieve what I'm looking for in a crime comedy, as it features mostly forgettable characters, disappointing dialogue and a story that doesn't deliver what it could nor even what it promises.
Bruce Willis stars as Frank Moses, a veteran, yet retired secret agent who sees his current peaceful life being suddenly interrupted…
Schwentke thought that his full-star cast would replace the necessity of character development and the creation of convincingly exciting events. False. Well, there are a couple of exceptions:
- Helen Mirren firing a machine gun bigger than her while wearing a white dress and still looking fine.
- John Malkovich, simply because he is John Malkovich. Everything he does is fucking awesome. In this case, he plays a delusional old man that was subject for 11 years to heavy LSD doses for governmental purposes. I approve enthusiastically.
The film's biggest flaw is that it never determined whether if it wanted to be a comedic action/thriller or a DC adaptation, so it attempted to be both intermittently, ending up being a seriously uneven and uninteresting film. The ending ranks as one of the most ridiculous and unfunny of the decade.
When RED appeared on the schedules back in 2010 most people must have thought it was another Bruce Willis vehicle that would flop at the box office amid a definite career decline. It was however a very entertaining action/comedy that reignited Willis's career and also gave John Malkovich the chance to show what a versatile comedic actor he was. Stealing the limelight from Willis, Freeman, Dreyfuss, and a terrific Helen Mirren, Malkovich got all the best lines and most of the laughs here. Mary-Louise Parker also showed her value as a supporting player for an old-fashioned caper film full of action and wisecracks from the old stagers who all seem to be having the time of their lives. Karl Urban…
Not quite as big on action films as I used to be, but there were some cool action scenes, decent dialogue, and fun performances from the likes of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Karl Urban, and Richard Dreyfuss among others.
Stupid nonsense. But at least it was intentionally stupid nonsense. Malkovich's turn as a pensionable Howling Mad Murdoch from The A Team type just about makes it worthwhile. Just about.
I really enjoyed it. I think it's definitely a movie for older people, since there are a lot of jokes which basically boil down to 'young people are scary and foolish' but if you let that wash over you it's pretty good. There are fun action sequences and Willis, Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren are great. So is Karl Urban, for that matter.
The one problem I had with it was the love interest, played by Mary-Louise Parker. First of all, I found her annoying and useless. Secondly, although there are only 9 years between her and Bruce Willis I found it completely incongruous watching them together on screen. She seemed young enough to be his daughter even though she isn't. It just rubbed me the wrong way.
•That moment when Bruce Willis walked out of the drifting car so effin smoothly just almost fucked physics and I loved it.
•A taste of action and humor wrapped and rolled into one
•Wittiness is always existent & that's just cool and educational. Lol.
•Impact is there at the beginning but almost unfelt at the end.
•Chemistry is there within the RED squad but almost invisible with Frank and Sarah.
•Cool and fun movie. Simply entertaining.
Red is the perfect action-comedy. No, I don’t mean that it’s a perfect film, not at all. And it’s far from the best or most enjoyable action-comedy out there – but just going by the definition of the word, Robert Schwentke’s film has just the right blend of action and comedy. There’s stylish almost-over-the-top action and there’s jokes just entertaining enough, blended perfectly.
Furthermore, Schwentke carries a confident style throughout the film to support this comedic action. Red’s music beats in the right rhythm to nail the jokes with the right timing and the scenes are built to still allow room for breath in between.
The pace also brings room for the actors to shine, all…
Lame and half-baked.
This was an interesting film in my opinion, as it was obvious that it was taking the mick out of typical Bruce Willis films, which I found very funny, but some of the actors cast: Helen Mirren, John Malkovich etc. was a bit weird for such an action-packed movie.
I enjoyed all of the action and heavy amounts of fighting in nearly every scene, and the story was good too, albeit completely predictable, but that’s why the movie was made. The only problem with it is that it was not funny enough at some points to be taken so light-heartedly.
Overall, I’ll give this a 7.5, because the action was great, as well as the story, but it wasn’t the most hilarious comedy-action film you’ll ever see…
Nice film, funny, action but nothing more.
Watched this on a dare. The very definition of a mediocre Hollywood action comedy. The blandness was so all-consuming, I couldn't even work up some fun hatred for this movie.
I don't think there's much to this one, but it's charm is pretty straight-forward (at least to me): Bruce Willis being sarcastic and sardonic (and not mailing it in) is always entertaining. And John Malkovich chewing scenery at Pacino-type levels (without the accompanying over-seriousness and self-importance) is never a bad thing in my book. Mary-Louise Parker was a bit of a (pleasant) revelation to me, and Karl Urban's tight-jawed menace as not at all a revelation (but pleasant, as well). I've always enjoyed him, for some reason.
Basically, I enjoy actors aging gracefully. Which leads me to Helen Mirren, the text-book example of that phenomenon.
1. A film featuring Rutger Hauer!