Comic Book Movie Review: Red

Directed by Robert Schwentke

Written by John Hoeber & Erich Hoeber

Starring
Bruce Willis as Frank Moses
Mary Louise-Parker as Sarah Ross
Karl Urban as William Cooper
Morgan Freeman as Joe Matheson
John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs
Helen Mirren as Victoria

Red is about a group of retired CIA agents that go on the run when the CIA tries to kill them.  The story starts showing Frank Moses unable to transition to his new life.  His only company is the woman who handles his pension complaints, Sarah Ross.  Frank is sent on the run when a black ops team comes to his house.  One by one he meets up with the other members of his group, and together they investigate why the CIA would be trying to kill them.

I greatly enjoyed this movie.  I would call this an action/comedy, but the comedy in this movie was pretty subtle.  Everyone played their roles straight, and let the comedy come from the dialogue and situations.  John Malkovich was very serious in his role while doing completely ridiculous things.  Helen Mirren was so “matter-of-factly” with everything, that most things she said were absolutely hilarious.  And Mary Louise-Park went through most of the movie with a wide-eyed amazement of everything going on around her.  It was adorable.

Red is based on the comic written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Cully Hammer.  Unfortunately, I’ve never read the book, so I can’t really say how closely the adaptation is to the original.  However, after seeing the movie, I am going to try to find the book now.  I find that I like the goofy Warren Ellis more than serious Warren Ellis.

So, in conclusion, I highly recommend that you see this movie.

 

Helen Mirren + machine gun = badass awesomeness

 

 

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