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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

[7.50/10] Red (2010)


Red (2010)

In this adaptation of Warren Ellis' popular DC Comics graphic novel, a group of former government assassins fights back against the CIA after they're targeted for knowing too much. Frank, Joe, Marvin and Victoria 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. Forget about "The Expendables" and "The A Team", because "Red" is the real deal - it's an extremely funny, outrageous, energetic and action-packed flick that delivers everything it promises. Essentially, there is not a single dull moment in the entire movie, thanks to the talented cast of veteran actors, brisk pacing, clever script and explosive action sequences. The blend of action and humor works pretty well and strong chemistry between the actors keeps it compelling. Helen Mirren shines yet again in this quite an unusual role for her. She is one of the most acclaimed and most skillful actresses in contemporary cinema and her acting abilities are unquestionable - as Victoria, she's sophisticated, yet funny to watch. Plus, she kicks ass with a machine gun! How cool is that?! However, John Malkovich, whose character' eccentrism borders on craziness, is the one to watch, as he really makes this movie come to life. He delivers most of the laugh and he really stands out above the rest. Bruce Willis is.. well... Bruce Willis - he relies more on his charisma, rather than his acting skill, which isn't necessairly a bad thing. Mary-Louise Parker as Willis' love interest is charming, engaging and truly hilarious, and Morgan Freeman as Joe Matheson does a good jog as usual. Technically, "Red" also succeeds - the pacing is brisk, yet smooth, the direction is admirable, and the action sequences are surprisingly well-handled and a joy to watch. Fast-paced, witty and hugely enjoyable, "Red" proves to be one of the 2010's most unexpected and pleasant surprises, and arguably the most entertaining action comedy of the past few years.

10 comments:

J-SON said...

Seems good from your opinion, too bad I will only be able to watch this on 11 Nov when it releases at my side. =(

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I had too much going on this past weekend, so plan to catch Red this Saturday.

Dempsey Sanders said...

I'm watching this on Friday night and can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it. Great post

Dr Blood said...

I agree with that rating. I thoroughly enjoyed "Red". What amused me was that Brian Cox was also in another film called "Red" about an old man getting revenge on the teenagers who killed his dog. I watched that one too. :)

Nebular said...

It was surprisingly good actually. Luckily, RED was released here on same date as US, so I had the chance to watch it early :)

Nebular said...

Alex, you should definitely see it. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. :)

Nebular said...

Thanks, Demps. I was looking forward to it as well and it certainly met my expectations.

Nebular said...

Dr Blood, glad you agree with me on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as well. Never heard of the other Red movie, but it sounds like fun :)

Jaccstev said...

Great review. I can't agree more with your opinion mate :)

Nebular said...

Thanks, Jaccsy. It seems we agree on every movie, lately ;)