Movie Review: Red

Movie Review: Red


PG-13 for intense sequences of action, violence and
brief strong language.
Genre: Action, thriller
Running Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

Frank, Joe, Marvin and Victoria used to be CIA’s top agents. But, the secrets they know have also made them the Agency’s top targets. As a result, the former agents suddenly find themselves framed for assassination and then have to use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters where they uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

They are ‘Red’ – Retired and Extremely Dangerous

Retired, But Not Stupid

Red is the story of Frank Moses, played by Bruce Willis, a former black-ops CIA agent who is now living a quiet retired life. That is, until the day high-tech assassins show up with plans to kill him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for endangered Frank does what he knows how to do best. He reassembles his old team made of other retired CIA agents in a last ditch effort to survive.

Right out of the gate we had a pretty good feeling this would be a strong movie.

With the all-star cast line up of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirran, it would be pretty hard to go wrong. Then when you toss in a somewhat newcomer to the big screen, Mary-Louise Parker who plays Willis’ love interest Sarah, the cast of Red is simply outstanding. Oh, and lets not forget that Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss also show up too! If you’re wondering who Parker is, you may recognize her from her TV work. As a matter of fact, she even has a couple Emmy nominations as a result of her work on the small screen. While she gets off to somewhat of a shaky start in the beginning of the movie, she rises to the occasion once she gets around the veteran actors. Not only does she rise to the occasion, I do believe this could be the start of a long and healthy big screen acting career for her.

Spies Working Together

One of the most fascinating aspects of Red revolves around the fact that we have a number of spies, from different sides of the spy world, working together. Then when you toss in lots of humor and a little romance, Red simply falls into the category of a fun and surprisingly attention grabbing movie for the so-called genre of action, thriller. Clocking in at close two hours, while it gets off to a somewhat slow start, once Red picks up the pace, any chance of being bored goes right out the window. But even when the pace picks up, there’s still a relaxed feel to the high action scenes. This is due to the fact that Willis, Freeman, Mirran and Malkovich are not only veteran actors, but the roles they played are of retired CIA agents. As a result, even though the action is intense at times, there always remains a somewhat relaxed over-all atmosphere.

A Small Downside To Red

While for the most part we really enjoyed this movie, the only downside are the slight detours along the way about government conspiracy theories and cover ups. Yes it’s true, we’ve all heard about the cover ups and conspiracy theories when it comes to the CIA, government and wars. But, as many of you know who read these reviews on a regular basis, any political agenda in a movie goes too far for me. Hollywood needs to remember they’re supposed to entertain.

However, even after saying that, over-all we did really enjoy Red. This is not your typical spy movie where everyone dies and there are lots of fight scenes. While the fight scenes are a plenty, there’s a laid-back feeling to this movie that just makes it enjoyable. Aside from what I would call a rather slow start, once the action starts coming, Red becomes a sit on the edge of your seat kind of movie.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.