S2S Goes To the Movies: ‘Red’

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    Bruce Willis, one of the biggest action stars in the history of film, is back doing what he does best—with a little help from Morgan Freeman!

    Bruce Willis, one of the biggest action stars in the history of film, is back doing what he does best—with a little help from Morgan Freeman!
     
    RED, which stands for "Retired Extremely Dangerous," is based on the cult classic graphic novels from D.C. Comics.
     
    Ex-CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) isn’t dealing with retirement so well. As a matter of fact, he’s completely bored and disgusted with it. His only high is when he gets to phone romance a woman named Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), who works in a call center. 


     
    After convincing her that the two should finally meet in person, Frank has something to look forward to but not before masked assassins aggressively try to assassinate him. After the 55-year old handles the killers without breaking a sweat, he heads over to meet Sarah in person for the first time. Instead of taking her out for a night on the town, he kidnaps her (for her protection, of course).
     
    Trying help fend off would-be assassins, Frank and Sarah go around the country to round up his gang of former CIA buddies. First, there’s Joe (Morgan Freemen), an 80-year-old with stage four liver cancer, who looks surprisingly vibrant. There’s also Marvin (John Malkovich), a loony conspiracy theorist, who had way too much LSD during his days at the CIA. Lastly there’s Victoria (Helen Mirren), at first glance, seems to be doing well.
     
    The aging gang, who were replaced by younger versions of themselves, find out they have been framed and setup. To clear their names, the team embarks on an impossible mission to break into the top secret CIA headquarters, where they try to uncover one of the biggest conspiracies in government history.
     
    RED is basically The Expendables with better dialog. With fast paced action from start to finish. RED also reminds you of past films like Shoot ‘em Up, Smokin’ Aces and it even tries to be Pulp Fiction-eque at times.
     
    The top-flight cast is excellent here—especially Helen, who is relatively new to the action film genre.  With its diverse cast of both men and woman kicking butt, we recommend this movie especially for you hardcore action junkies out there. 


     
    Grade: B



     

     

    – Datari Turner



     

     

     

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