Sunday, October 24, 2010
Movie Review: RED
Last night my daughter and I went to see RED. The movie is about Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) who used to be the CIA's top agents - but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must 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 will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.
That blurb pretty much sums it up, but of course Frank, whose life is BORING, has been tearing up his pension checks just so he can phone the person responsible for his file and chat with her (Mary Louise Parker). When he realizes they have been shadowing him, he knows they'll go after her so he goes and picks her up to keep her out of harms way. She is NOT impressed, his use of duct tape on a "first date" is liberal, but of course she finds the whole spy thing wildly exciting, just like the romance novels she reads. :-) After that it's a roller coaster ride of explosions, bullets, disguises and one liners.
This is not a serious movie, there are MASSIVE plot holes, but it is certain a fun movie. John Malkovich is hilarious as a freaked out ex-agent who had been experimented on with LSD for eleven years. Very very fun, the pig. Ha! (you'll have to see it now to know what that's all about) I told my daughter I think I would be afraid to be alone in a room with him and Christopher Walken, they both appear totally whacko. They should make a movie together.
Is it wrong that I still find Bruce Willis hot? Okay, just pretend I didn't say that.
Helen Mirren? Total girl crush, and I want to BE her when I grow up. I was thinking she must have had a blast as she usually plays more serious characters and she was shooting machine guns and seemed to be having a great time.
The inside assassin who is an up and comer in the CIA was played by Karl Urban and he was good I suppose in that I didn't like him at all. He was totally a "just following orders" kind of guy until he finally opened his eyes at the end.
So if you are looking for a light hearted romp, with some laughs (and a few groans), with totally implausible explosions and escapes, it's the movie for you. We had a good time and sounded like others in the theatre were also enjoying it.