Director: Robert Schwenke
Cast: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox, Julian McMahon
This is one geriatric caper that is enjoyable from the beginning to the end.
Lately there has been an increase in movies regarding the escapades of geriatrics and retirees. First we had Sylvester Stallone and his old buddies in the Expendables. Now we have Bruce Willis and his band of merry retirees in Red.
The story centres on Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), a retired CIA agent who is bored with retirement. His only highlight are his phone chats with his government caseworker Sarah (Mary Louise Parker), who is just as bored with her life as Frank is. But Frank’s humdrum existence gets a massive shakeup when the CIA come calling, and it is not for a friendly visit, with Frank ending up on the run from his old employer. In order to find out the reasons behind this, Frank decides to re-recruit his old gang of spies as well as drag an unsuspecting Sarah along for the ride.
Bruce Willis has a talent of playing loveable rouges and here he is in fine form. but it is the stellar supporting cast consisting of John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren that really lifts this movie from good to awesome. In my opinion, seeing Helen Mirren tote a variety of semi automatic weapons is worth the ticket price alone. Mary Loiuse Parker’s talent for deadpan is put to good use here as the unsuspecting hostage and Karl Urban rounds out this brilliant supporting cast as the CIA agent with a conscience who is hunting Frank and his band of merry retirees.
Red is a movie that is just good fun to watch. 9.5/10