Red (2010) – 6/10 espionage action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Robert Schwentke
Bruce Willis: Frank Moses
Morgan Freeman: Joe Matheson
John Malkovich: Marvin Boggs
Helen Mirren: Victoria
Karl Urban: William Cooper
Mary-Louise Parker: Sarah Ross
Brian Cox: Ivan Simonov
Julian McMahon: Robert Stanton
Rebecca Pidgeon: Cynthia Wilkes
Ernest Borgnine: Henry, The Records Keeper
James Remar: Gabriel Singer
Richard Dreyfuss: Alexander Dunning
Writer (Original Graphic Novel): Warren Ellis
Writer (Original Graphic Novel): Cully Hamner
Screenplay Writer: Jon Hoeber
Screenplay Writer: Erich Hoeber

Red (2010)

Frank Moses is a retired CIA operative coming to terms with the mundanity of suburbia but his old existence explodes back into his life when he is unknowingly marked as RED – Retired: Extremely Dangerous – and his name put on a list of people who must die.


Boasting ideas, good details and some unexpectedly good-looking and cool action sequences, what we have here is a movie that, somehow, isn’t quite the sum of its parts. The biggest problem is certainly the story which is an off-the-shelf conspiracy that goes to the top (almost) and a romance that is intriguing but never really given enough time and attention to become involving. While frequently fun, it’s also not quite as bright and breezy as I think it should be; this kind of thing should be Roger Moore Bond jolly (mind you, I think most action films should be; I love me some Roger Moore Bond). Highlights are undoubtedly two action moments: one outrageously cool cop car exit and shooting for Bruce Willis (it’s right up there with the Die Hard skyscraper jump in coolest Bruce Willis scenes) and a gorgeously-photographed hand-gun / rocket-launcher duel for John Malkovich. A jolly good six, then. By the way, I thought Ernest Borgnine was dead and the commentary might have the coolest / most chilling intro ever.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words, strong violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.



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