[Last Time I Saw] RED (2010)

Red poster

Title: RED
Year: 2010
Country: USA
Language: English, Russian
Genre: Action, Comedy
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Music: Christophe Beck
Cinematography: Florian Ballhaus
Bruce Willis
Mary-Louise Parker
John Malkovich
Helen Mirren
Karl Urban
Brian Cox
Morgan Freeman
Richard Dreyfuss
Rebecca Pidgeon
Ernest Borgnine
James Remar
Julian McMahon
Rating: 6.0/10

I do have no idea this film is another adaption from a comic series, Retired Extremely Dangerous, a group of retired special agents vs. a wipeout scheme. It is highly tantalizing for me to see Dame Helen Mirren shooting machine guns in her blonde hair, maybe the trailer should take the blame as it is a bit misleading, the film turns out to be just another plain comedy with a little piece of action, which is far from meeting my satisfaction, I don’t regret to watch the film, but after a second afterthought, the film is too medicore with many details worth deeper excavating.

The cast is my primary reason to watch the film, however, nothing is pleasantly surprised, John Malkovich is as insane as a scene stealer (whose role is to offer comic elements), Bruce Willis is the only action star, who had undertaken the sole close combat with Karl Urban in the middle of the film. The loving couple Helen Mirren and Brian Cox serve as sidekicks alone, poor Mary-Louise Parker gave a safe performance which barely suits her character as the love interest of Bruce. The villain Richard Dreyfuss looks like an older version of Leonard in THE BIG BANG THEORY. As for Morgan Freeman, he was hardly there in the film.

The film was nominated for the Best Comedy/Musical Film in the Golden Globe this year, which had ironically proved how ridiculous the Golden Globe could be, even the notorious BURLESQUE and THE TOURIST (2010) also got the nominations in the same category. I must say it is a major flaw to lose its creditability.

Given the fact I don’t think highly of this film, I do appreciate the idea of the retired fighting back to get their pride and save the world. Maybe a possible sequel will have some improvement.

Red 2010


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