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Red (Special Edition)
Frank, Joe, Marvin, and Victoria used to be the CIA's top agents - but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their pursuers and stay alive. The team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history. Old? My a!
- Director: Robert Schwentke
- Writers: Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
- Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker
- Producers: Gregory Noveck, Jake Myers, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian
Frank (Willis) is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone... until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity compromised, Frank reassembles his old team Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich) and Victoria (Mirren) and sets out to prove that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Stand back and watch the bullets fly in this explosive action-comedy that critics call a rip-roaring good time.
Deleted and Extended Scenes; Access Red: Immersive 6-part interactive feature including pop up trivia, videos, interviews and more!; Audio commentary w/ retired CIA field agent Robert Baer
You can take the agent out of the CIA, but you can't take the CIA out of the agent--or so discovers Frank Moses, to his chagrin. Frank, played by Bruce Willis, simply wants to live his simple life with his government pension. But when a troop of black-ops guys descends on his house one night and blows it to smithereens, Frank realizes he needs to get a few of his old colleagues together and find out what's what. That's the premise of Red, a jolly action flick based on a rather more serious graphic novel. Because Frank's old posse includes kicky roles for Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and a tea-pouring, hot-lead-spraying Helen Mirren, the movie boasts a certain appeal just at the "Holy cow, can you believe who's in this thing?" level. Actually, the rest of the cast is pretty sweet as well: Mary-Louise Parker steals much of the film as Frank's unsuspecting civilian date (swept into the action because she might innocently become a CIA target, too), Brian Cox hams it up as Frank's former Soviet adversary (wistfully recalling how he always wanted to assassinate a US president), and Karl Urban (Star Trek) supplies brawn and brains as the current CIA agent in charge of bringing the hammer down on Frank. The breezy tone barely pauses to notice the semi-serious story point at the heart of the plot (a hazily recalled disaster in Guatemala many years earlier), nor the dead bodies that pile up around the edges of the action. Flightplan director Robert Schwentke lets his actors act up, which is not a capital crime given the skills of the cast list, and he shoves the plot along with fitting speed. It's not art, but as a multiplex diversion, Red scatters a decent share of legitimate jolts and rim-shot one-liners. --Robert Horton
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : 508748711
- Director : Robert Schwentke
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 51 minutes
- Release date : January 25, 2011
- Actors : Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Summit Entertainment
- ASIN : B003Q6D2B4
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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!!
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 style of the movie is shown right at the beginning. An assassination team completely destroys Moses’ home with gunfire. He outsmarts them, and then goes to Kansas City to pick up Sarah who he kidnaps. He talks about how sorry he is for abducting her while she’s tied up with duct tape over her mouth in the backseat. Another time Frank, Sarah, and Marvin are walking through an airport when Marvin grabs a woman claiming she’s been following them and wants to kill her. Moses calms him down and she’s released only for her to actually be a killer working for the government. That’s a winning combination as there is constant gun play, chases, etc., and then the characters are thrown into funny situations.
The chemistry between the characters is great as well. Moses for example acts sheepishly around Sarah at first because he likes her but doesn’t know what her feelings are. Marvin tries to give him advice that Sarah obviously is into him too since she hasn’t left him. Moses and Marvin also play off the straight and crazy roles to make a great combination.
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.
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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 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!
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.