The Mister, our younger son, and I have wanted to see the movie “RED” since we watched its trailer months ago. Yesterday we finally got our chance at the $5 show, and we were thoroughly entertained. It’s one of those flicks that definitely looks better on the big screen due to all the action.
“RED” stands for “retired, extremely dangerous” and aptly describes a motley crew of former CIA agents splendidly played by acting all-stars Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Bruce Willis. If you need a reason to see this movie, it should be to observe the four of them interacting. Definitely a hoot and a holler.
Willis’ character (Frank Moses) enlists the help of the other three plus Brian Cox, who plays a former Russian enemy, to find out who has targeted him for elimination. Figuring that out involves the use of massive amounts of ammunition and explosives. Oh, and killing, of course. Lots and lots of killing.
This could be a total testosterone flick. However, within all the murder and mayhem revolves a love story that’s very touching. Moses hasn’t taken well to retirement and needs help finding the warmth inside him. Cue Mary-Louise Parker, another fine actress, whose involvement helps humanize the entire plot.
The movie is witty, warm, and well-written. My #2 son rated it a 9.456235 on our 10-point scale; I awarded it a more-sedate yet solid 7.5. It’s rated PG-13 for violence (oh, is it violent!) and language. There is a smattering of cursing but nothing over the top. Definitely not for young teens who are bothered by fictionalized death and destruction.