Feb 26, 2011

Red Review

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Premise:
Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, retired black-ops CIA agent trying to live a quiet, peaceful life growing apricots and wooing a customer service girl named Sarah (Weeds star, Mary-Louise Parker) he's never met. But someone wants Frank Moses dead; a task more than they bargained for.


Standouts:
An absolutely great cast that flowed very well together. I was especially entertained by John Malkovich's paranoid and retired CIA character, Marvin Bogg. However through much of the film, I felt there was something very a-miss that I couldn't put my finger on. I'm still not sure what it is.


My Highlights:
Sarah escaping the hotel, Moses' Armbar, the piggy, and the reveal of the past between Helen Mirren and Brian Cox's characters.


Overall Rating:
Light-hearted and simple-minded action-comedy, but a lot of it felt too cliched and some of the action just shouldn't have been scripted in by actors who couldn't pull them off. Bruce Willis performs a fantastic Flying Armbar, but Morgan Freeman, as great as he is in this and every movie he's in, looks his age when throwing a punch. There was a lot of reliance of gun battles with no real sense of tension or suspense. The few action scenes where something new was brought to the table (bazooka scene and cop car scene) were so over-the-top they were laughable. The final score for this film is 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 7 1/2 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
If you're looking for a good buddy-cop/action-comedy, you could do worse. This film is definitely going to wind up on cable television in the next year or two though, so feel free to hold out until then. There are probably better action films and funnier comedies to see until then.

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