Frank Moses is a retired CIA assassin. Someone is trying to kill him and he survives a high tech hit team. He goes to rescue the woman he has been talking over the phone with and gets his old team back together
to survive and discover why he has been targeted. On his trail is a CIA
man being used by his superiors to do someone’s dirty work that is tied in with a mission that Frank was involved in
(several years ago).
RED is a funny and very violent action
film (loosely based on the comic book written by Warren Ellis). The postcards
are an excellent way to bridge changes in locations for the story. Bruce Willis is charming and he plays off everyone in this film. John
Malkovich threatens to steal every scene he is in (the scenes with the pink stuffed pig come to mind) while Helen Mirren is
a class act as Victoria
(it’s nice to see her shoot a gun). Malkovich
as Boggs is a character filled with paranoia (years of exposure to LSD) and it is the guy that Malkovich excels at playing. Morgan Freeman is at his best when he plays a government official for one scene.
is a great action ensemble piece that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
I hope they don’t try to make a sequel to this film. RED shows
us that you can make a well-written action film with good comedic timing as long as you have the right cast. RED has all of those elements.
The audio commentary with Retired CIA Field
Officer Robert Baer reflects on the various things about spies, how the CIA works, the Cold War, and a little about some of
his travels while in the CIA while he is also commenting on the film.
The deleted and extended scenes don’t
add much except the final one is an extension beyond where the film ended.
Cast Insights are a variety of featurettes
where the cast talk about other actors, the characters, and productions through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. I wish these were more exciting and edited down.
CIA Exposed is a series of animated shorts
that go into various CIA operations that were declassified.
FINAL ANALYSIS: RED is still a fun action film. The extras are a mixed
bag and I wish some of the extras were better while others were entertaining.
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