Summit Entertainment (10/15/2010)
Action, Comedy
In Collection
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IMDB   7.0
111 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Bruce Willis Frank Moses
Mary-Louise Parker Sarah Ross
Heidi von Palleske Woman Neighbor
Jefferson Brown Fred
Karl Urban William Cooper
Chris Owens Hanged Man
Rebecca Pidgeon Cynthia Wilkes
Morgan Freeman Joe Matheson
Jaqueline Fleming Marna
Randy Wade Kelley Paramedic
Jason Giulano Endercott
Lawrence Turner Retirement Home Assassin
Emily Kuroda Mrs. Chan
Joe Chrest Retirement Home Detective
Tara Yelland Wilkes' Secretary
Ernest Borgnine Henry, The Records Keeper
John Malkovich Marvin Boggs
James Remar Gabriel Singer
Helen Mirren Victoria
Richard Dreyfuss Alexander Dunning
Neil Whitely FBI Commander
Robert Morse Jake Myers
Jason Giuliano Endercott
Alec Rayme Cop at Intersection
Justine Wachsberger Nurse
Robert Schwentke
Producer Jake Myers
Gregory Noveck
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Mark Vahradian
Writer Jon Hoeber
Erich Hoeber
Warren Ellis
Cully Hamner
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Musician Christophe Beck

Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIAs top agents but the secrets they know just made them the Agencys 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.
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Distributor Summit Entertainment
Release Date 10/15/2010
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Theatrical Widescreen (2.35:1)
Theatrical Widescreen (2.40:1)
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)
Subtitles Spanish; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [Spanish]
DTS [English]
Dolby Digital 5.0 [Spanish]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

* Audio commentary with retired CIA Field Officer Robert Baer

When Bruce Willis plays his indestructible yet on the surface everyday guy he is right where the audience loves him. In RED, "Retired Extremely Dangerous", he has a close to perfect vehicle. And, so RED delivers in spite of a fairly ridiculous scenario of a group of ex-CIA operatives,or which Willis is one, being singled out for execution on the eve of the vice-president announcing his candidacy for president.

We get the message from the first that Willis is somewhat lonely and bored with retirement and is searching for a companion to make his new life matter. He isn't aching to get back to fast track, but is venerable and is fixated on a kind and cheery voice on the other end of the phone line when he complains about not getting his pension checks (he tears them up just to talk to his "handler"). He arranges a meeting with the sweet sounding gal just prior to everything falling apart because the CIA sends in a "wet" team to erase him. As suspected the CIA, as well as most all the resources of the government, are not up to the task.

Willis reassembles his old team, all in his age bracket or older, in order to survive. That team, if not on the surface a formidable threat, is pure cinematic gold as it consists of excellent performances by Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren. It is almost impossible not to like this film because of the wonderfully entertaining supporting cast. In fact Malkovich steals the show providing the correct dosage of crazed comic relief. This leads to impossible feats making for deliciously served up entertainment; all with a "nod-and-a-wink" that cuts through the unbelievable. Great action with comedy! Richard Dreyfus turns in a solid performance as a spoiled smart-ass (uber-wealthy and powerful) arms dealer who pulls strings behind the scenes. And, Ernest Borgnine has a cameo role which is memorable.

It's a character driven action comedy that truly is RED (ridiculous, entertaining, delightful). This movie gets a 7.5 and, as such, is hard to fault in spite of being pure light-weight fluff. See it and smile.