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A good bit of preposterous fun
Red  (DVD)
Member Name: IzzyS
Red  (DVD)
Advantages: Great explosions/special effects, entertaining, good cast
Disadvantages: A little cheesy, got a bit muddled trying to keep up with the different characters
- Story -
Frank moses is a retired black-ops agent, one of the best in the country and he now lives a rather boring life, his only real enjoyment being when he calls the government pension phoneline as he's able to get in touch with his case worker, Sarah, there. However, his rather boring life is suddenly interrupted as he becomes targeted by an assassin and he has to track down his old team of equally retired colleagues in an effort to escape from the assassins deadly grasp and uncover their identity. What the assassins don't realise, however, is that this team of retired ex-agents are actually classified as being RED - Retired and Extremely Dangerous. Who is it that's targetting them and will they get away with it? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
This movie provides what I would call some real comical action-packed escapism, with exaggerated gunfight scenes that I thought were rather unrealistic, not from a plotline point of view but in as much as, for example, Helen Mirrens character Victoria who is shot in the chest at one point yet she still walks around as if little had happened (as in control as ever).
I thought that the special effects were very good, there are plenty of explosions and some chase scenes and it was certainly entertaining and diverting if nothing else. The story is perhaps a bit daft but its also quite fun and so it makes for a decent 'quick flick' to pop on if your looking for something to get a laugh out of and to distract you from whatever may be going on, for a while or so. The comedy is of course mainly from the storyline and the odd bit of a fairly witty dialogue rather than any real punchlines as such.
I'd say that Willis' character, Frank Moses, may put some people off being that he's attracted to a much younger lady who he has to protect(!) - aspects like that are a little cheesy but then that's probably to be expected and I'd imagine that this is a movie that men may enjoy and get more of a 'kick out of' than perhaps women (not to over-generalise but at a guess), though I do enjoy a well made action movie. I was actually surprised at first when I checked the DVD sleeve to see that this movie had been given a '12' rating, given the amount of shooting and violence indicated throughout the movie - however, thinking about it there's little in the way of graphic detail, again I can refer back to that scene with Victoria mentioned earlier, you certainly don't see much blood, there's barely any gore or blood and guts. Given that, I'd presume that this movie was made with teens in mind and again I'd make a guess that teenage boys would probably quite enjoy this. However, its up to you to decide whether its a good idea to have such movies which seem to show people easily surviving so much gunfire and so on - if I were a parent I may be a little concerned about particularly young teens sub-consciously taking away a false feeling that they can be like these people, somewhat invincible or whatever but yet again, I'm likely over-thinking it just a bit(!).
I'd also add that the cast is probably the main reason most people would be keen on seeing this movie, featuring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. As far as the cast is concerned, you can tell that they had fun shooting (pardon the slight pun) the movie, especially Helen Mirren - it was quite fun to see her playing a different role, I have a feeling she may have been the most keen on her role perhaps!. The performances are all pretty good, though Willis' was perhaps a little blase/slightly wooden *perhaps* - I don't normally have an issue with him and to be honest it may be more to do with the plot, it didn't majorly put me off the film though.
Again story wise, the ending, just before the credits, is really quite daft though should (hopefully) make you laugh - it does make you wonder though, how do these (clearly ficticious) people do it? it is rather silly but nonetheless quite amusing somehow. Also story wise, I felt a little confused by the exact details as the plot built up, it moved fairly fast (which I'd probably prefer over those movies that lag right in the middle making you want to shout at your TV - get on with it already!) and there are quite a few different characters involved, each with their own motivations and background obviously, so it got a little confusing at points but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the movie overall really, even if you watch just for the action scenes and to see the a-list cast, that's enough to entertain, so its not a big deal.
All in all, this is a good bit of fun, as much as the story is a bit daft, the characters make it, overall, quite entertaining and the special effects back it up. This movie will likely appeal to younger adults or those who are young at heart and enjoy a light hearted story with a good amount of gunfights and explosions.
- Would I Recommend It? -
Yes I'd recommend it, its good for a laugh and is diverting enough, plus it features a decent cast, so I would say its worth a watch. Whether it stands up for multiple viewings I'm not sure, though I did feel that I got a little lost as far as the characters backgrounds was concerned and I may feel tempted to re-watch it at a later date when I might gain more from it then, so I can't say it doesn't entirely stand up to multiple viewings.
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Summary: A very comical movie with lots of action and a great cast