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Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 00:00

REDWhat happens when you pair Bruce Willis with a gang of respectable actors in their golden years? RED is packed with action, laughs, and Willis delivering a whole lot of the sharp, tongue-in-cheek remarks we’ve come to expect. It’s obvious in this movie that he has a sense of humour about himself – but who would have guessed that this amazing supporting cast could outshine the gleam off even Mr. Willis’s shiny, bald head?

Helen MirrenThe senior star power in question consists of John Malkovich who’s hot off his entertaining role in Secretariat, Morgan Freeman, and the irresistible Helen Mirren who is still a beauty and manages to outshine all the boys. Move over Angelina, Dame Mirren is even more bad-ass with a sniper rifle! Together they are RED; “Retired and Extremely Dangerous” ex-CIA operatives who have been deemed a threat by the country they once worked for.

Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a lonely retiree (and the youngest of the gang), who is the first to figure out there’s a threat. He’s a wee bit obsessed with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), his contact at the pension office whom he calls repeatedly just to chat. Unfortunately this makes her a target as well, so she gets swept off her feet and into the middle of a real-life version of the mystery-romance novels she’s addicted to.

Willis and ParkerRED is based on a comic series of the same name, and it just goes to show how rich a resource comic book lit can be on film. With so many comics being brought to the big screen fan boys are psyched and these original ideas can reach a whole new audience - one that might never have picked up a comic in their adult lives.

RED has action, laughs, and a little bit of romance… It may not be an award winner, but it’s a sure bet if you want to have a good time at the movies.


Directed by Robert Schwentke, Starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, and John Malkovich.

Loosely based on a three-issue comic book mini-series of the same name.