RED is a fun movie and it completely rocks! What makes it so in my opinion, is not the well told story, explosions, car chase or slick action sequences by themselves; it is getting to watch four retirees from the CIA kick major tail. With finesse…and a little craziness to.
At the films beginning we are introduced to Frank Moses who; at first glance, appears to be an unassuming American male who has just recently retired and is adjusting to his new life. We watch as he decorates his house, eats his meals and talks on the phone with a girl at the pension office named Sarah. It isn’t until a small group of heavily armed men try to kill Frank that we even get an idea of exactly what he has retired from. The CIA.
Frank then joins with Sarah to protect her, but does it in a fashion that is completely hilarious when taken into the context of his professional background. After joining her, Frank tracks down fellow retirees in an effort to figure out who is trying to kill him and Sarah. What they end up discovering, is that someone is trying to cover up an incident that occurred nearly thirty years ago and the person behind it all is willing to kill anybody who gets in the way.
Frank is played by Bruce Willis and Mary Louis Parker is Sarah. They are joined by John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox and Morgan Freeman who play other CIA retirees that have worked with Frank Moses in the past. Karl Urban (Star Trek 2009) is the CIA agent hired to track Frank down and take him out. Screen legend Earnest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch 1969) also makes an appearance in the movie.
What I enjoy most about this movie is that it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t and manages to blend action with a unique whimsical humor about getting old and a sprinkle of romance. The film also shows that years of experience is no match for youthful skill. Go watch it. Even if it is just to see Helen Mirren shoot a .50 Caliber machine gun.