Bruce Willis as Frank Moses
Mary Louise-Parker as Sarah Ross
John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs
Helen Mirren as Victoria
Morgan Freeman as Joe Matheson
Red is a spy action movie with an all-star cast. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise-Parker and Karl Urban, among many others, are all quite popular actors who appear in this movie. And while some cynics might write this movie off as “Die Hard meets James Bond,” it has enough uniqueness to seem fresh.
The Storyline is quite simple. Ex-covert operative Frank Moses is attacked by a terrorist group and his case worker, Sarah Ross, is dragged into this. So are all the members of Frank’s old team, who then defeat the terrorists. Of course, this series of coincidences is laughably implausible. I admit, the script is rather weak. So weak in fact that one can be forgiven for not paying much attention to it.
Still, what Red lacks in plotting it makes up for in character development. These older and grizzled operatives give us a strong sense of over-the-hill people but still with some years of badassery left in them. Strong character interactions (complete with a couple of romances) also help.
There’s also clever tongue-in-cheek humor. Especially from John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.
The action is both flashy and intelligent. Just like in the aforementioned Die Hard, it’s nice to see a smart action movie.
This must be my shortest review by far. Thats’ because there’s really not much to tell. Red is no work of art, but it’s highly appreciable for what it is.
Overall: 8 out of 10