RED is the type of film that everyone will want to see. It has everything for every type of moviegoer. You’ve got action for the guys. There’s comedy for everybody. You add a dash of romance to the recipe for the ladies. What you you end up with is a well-balanced main course at your favorite three-star restaurant.
RED tells the story of “Frank, Joe, Marvin, and Victoria [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.”
I would have to say that DC Comics has struck gold with this big-screen adaptation of the Warren Ellis / Cully Hamner created comic series. RED is exactly what DC needed to help put the company back on the movie map after a few critical and box office misfires (Jonah Hex, Watchmen, The Losers). It’s not that DC will never have a shot at ruling the comic book movie-roost again. Marvel will fade out of the limelight as soon as the next Batman or Superman movie hits the silver screen. Heck, it might just take next year’s Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds to knock them out.
One of the major reasons RED doesn’t get lumped into the category of “Just Another Super Hero or Comic Book” flick is because of the subject matter. The characters and situations in the film might stretch reality a bit, but for the most part are totally believable. Here are a bunch of CIA agents who have been retired and outlived their “usefulness.” They’ve went their separate ways to try to adapt to civilian life but find it hard to do. When they get targeted to be eliminated, it’s almost as if they’re happy about it and have been given a new lease on life. The team welcome the challenge to uncover who wants them dead. They’re bored! Wouldn’t you be after years of adventurous mission after adventurous mission?
The other primary reason that RED works is because of the ensemble cast that was put together. You’ve got a very impressive roster of of big-name actors in the film, all of which are on their A-game. There’s Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine putting forth their best effort, shining, and having fun for what some would dismiss as just another action or comic book movie. This is one of the components that makes this whole thing successful.
Now there is some violence. A few people are blown up by missiles and grenades so you’ve got some death. However, RED doesn’t make it too graphic or gory. The only scene that really has some bloodshed is when Bruce Willis and Karl Urban beat each other up pretty bad.
In closing, I would have to say that RED is a must-see for anyone over the age of thirteen. The film would be perfect to take your more mature family members to and they would most likely enjoy it. RED would especially appeal to fans of Mission: Impossible, James Bond, Jason Bourne, or other spy films like those.
Source: Yahoo! Movies