Reviewed: RED (2010)

RED_posterThis here film was well-received enough that it got a sequel – the sequel’s quite good but let’s go back in time to 2010 to where it all started…ish (I’m sure Bruce won’t mind – he loves time travel).

For a while there, I’d lost my faith in Bruce Willis. After the atrocity that was Die Hard 4.0 (Live Free Or Die Hard) it seemed it was getting harder to find a project with him in it that didn’t feel like he was just going through the motions. Sure, I didn’t watch Cop Out but did I really need to? Then this little gem came out of left field. Based on a DC comic penned by Warren Ellis (the beardy English writer, not the beardy Australian muso) and drawn by Cully Hammer, what we have here is a solid action movie infused with a decent amount of humour and warmth of character delivered by a superior cast.Red_1The story follows retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) who we find is having a little trouble adjusting to the humdrum life of a regular citizen. His phone conversations with Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) who works at the government pension processing office is the only thing in life that he looks forward to. As is wont to happen with ex-CIA, the past comes back to haunt Moses and he finds himself in the sights of his old place of employment and he must get the old crew back together in order to clear his name and get to the bottom of who it is that wants him killed and to what end.

Featuring Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban and a handful of greats from yesteryear as well – this one should put a smile on your face and hell, it may even get you in the mood for the sequel.

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