Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review - RED

I've been a fan of Bruce Willis since Moonlighting (yes, I watched it) and Die Hard. I haven't seen all of his movies, but I've seen a lot and I really enjoy his work. That said, the trailer for RED naturally enticed me. Add to it the quirkyness of John Malkovich, the solid Morgan Freeman, the classy Helen Mirren and the unpredictable Mary-Louise Parker and it was a must-see.

As with many sensationalist and humorous trailers, there's always the risk that the preview covers most of the action or humor. I went into the movie expecting some general fun, but not much more.

The plot was generally presented in the trailer. Fortunately, it became a bit deeper and involved a bit of mystery/deduction. This certainly wasn't any Bourne adventure, but it was intriguing to watch Bruce and his team unravel the plot.

I absolutely loved John Malkovich's character. He was so absolutely insane to provide great comic relief while remaining absolutely serious.

Naturally, a lot of the action was completely over the top and unbelievable. This is based on a comic / graphic novel after all. Furthermore, the ridiculous action sequences just added to the charicatured humor of the movie.

At the end of the film, I was left laughing and happy...the way you should after a completely escapist style film. It's not heavy. It's not deep. But it's got fabulous acting, a fun plot and good writing/direction.

4 out of 5 stars


Brian Miller said...

nice. i so want to see this...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm seeing it this weekend. Like Willis and Malvovich as well.

Phoenix said...

I am totally looking forward to catching this. Great review!

Okie said...

Definitely a lot of fun. I think I'll have to see it again. It's a great escape. :)