Loosely based on the
graphic novel by Warren Ellis, RED contains a stellar
cast of veteran actors in this action orientated film about oldies still
knowing how to kick some serious ass. The story follows retired
government agent, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) whom is being hunted by the
government due to his involvement in something from his shaded past.
Unfortunately we learn that Frank is not the only person being hunted
and it seems that all people connected to Frank have been targeted,
including Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) whom the two have struck up a
possible romantic friendship over the phone with Frank's retirement
cheques being the kindling of their talks.
As Frank loses his apartment
due to CIA operatives attempting to kill him, he seeks out Sarah in
order to save her life, only to end up abducting her in true comedic
fashion that eventually causes her to truly fall for her captor turned
saviour. Along the way, Frank gives the call to arms to his old
operatives. Picking up the crazed Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), the classy
(Morgan Freeman) and the spunky yet temper some Victoria (Helen Mirren) who
all attempt to bring the fight back to the man... that of the
government. Although the corruption
extends quite a few tiers of the government, the man who has been given
the task to bring Frank Moses in is William Cooper (Karl Urban), an up and coming CIA
agent who has unfortunately bitten off more than he can chew with these
bunch of dotards.
has it all and I truly mean this. At it heart, it's a traditional action
movie but with the inclusion of these veteran actors with some great
one-liners, they transcend a relatively average story into something
that is quite entertaining and a treat to watch. With high drama,
romance and some truly bizarre action sequences such as Frank exchanging
blows with William Cooper (Karl Urban) in what would easily have killed
ten men or Victoria with her grenade launcher in a pig type teddy bear...
it's all very surreal and over the top movie with a hilarious cameo by
Richard Dreyfuss as an evil businessmen and Brian Cox as the former Russian agent who
lends a helping hand to these old school operatives. Best of all, it seems that
these actors are
truly having fun with their characters and this shows in just about all
scenes in the movie. This may be another action movie but this is how
action movies should be written and director Robert Schwentke succeeds in all aspects
of this film.
Video, Audio &
On Blu-ray, the video and audio quality is perfect with super sharp
images, bright colours and deep blacks. Apart from the crisp visuals, the
audio supports a great high definition soundtrack and does make good use of your surround sound setup.
Finally, we have a handful of special features that include commentary
by retired CIA field officer Robert Baer, some deleted scenes and Access
RED (PIP) that goes beyond the film with the making.
Audio commentary with retired
CIA field officer, Robert Baer.
Deleted and extended scenes.
Access RED -(PIP) - cast insights, CIA Proceedures, CIA Exposed and RED