“Red” (2010) Movie Review – IMDB
Several good actors are given an appointment in “Red“, an action comedy without head or tail which still have a good time. Provided, of course, let’s expectations at the entrance of the room.
Frank (Bruce Willis) is a former CIA agent. Overnight his head was a price and many people try to kill him. It falls ill, he has just met Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) who sees his life-threatening stroke. To see more clearly, Grandpa decides to meet former comrades, including Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren).
With the ultimate aim to transpose all imaginable comic film, it’s time for “Red” Warren Ellis and the tandem Cully Hamner receive the royal treatment. The writings of only 66 pages long, have been enhanced with a completely stupid scenario that questions the spell bound seniors (those that seem possible to get rid of hand by sending retired) by the through an intense stream of prosecutions and tough scenes.
But please be warned to adhere well to the company. Laughter leads the way and nothing should be taken literally in this story too long but effective, although it had almost no gas at the outset. The introduction, particularly painful, accumulates all the cliches of the genre, like a variation of the recent “Knight and Day ‘, the less relevance.
This improves happily thereafter. Without taking anything away from the couple Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker, their chemistry is far from being flawless. Rather the other characters who manage to make this feature interesting. Starting with John Malkovich, who delivers a delicious performance by paranoid tripped. His puns and his facial expressions prove irresistible, like those of Helen Mirren as a woman who convinces totally armed to the teeth. Few now Morgan Freeman is eventually eclipsed by the secondary distribution, which can count on Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ernest Borgnine and the ghost too little this Richard Dreyfuss.
Without possessing the passion of a Christopher Nolan, a Zack Snyder or Ang Lee, Robert Schwentke proved a good choice behind the camera. Although the director has completely misled with his previous “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” here it seems quite in his element, playing with the cartoon aesthetic. His staging is dynamic and always appropriate, offering few surprises well fed, which in this way to marry the codes of the Western. Only the music is too intrusive.
Take a “Salt” interesting (which was not the case of production with Angelina Jolie), cross it with “Ocean’s Eleven” and you get a derivative of “Red,” which is anything but a remake of Gilles Carles. Empty but entertaining, the essay is a viable alternative to the much more intellectual ‘The Social Network. As otherwise there is no harm to be fun and this, knowing full well that this same concept and these performers could give something more memorable.