A Reel Life film section
Issue: Spring 2010
RED (2010) movie review
Don't Mess With the Old Folk
A lonely man sits in his lonely house making a bogus call to an operator with whom he has struck up a friendship.
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is not your average retiree, he's a RED (retired, extremely dangerous) agent. His case worker Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker) has an equally quiet life enlivened by her reading. Their lives are about to get a lot more interesting.
What will the baby boomers do when they retire? The ageing population is a constant concern to economists and sociologists, but what about ageing agents? Frank has gone from an active, dangerous life to obscurity. His only way to contact another person is to tear up his pay cheque. And he's not alone.
When agents break into his house, rousing Frank to action and cause the destruction of his home, Frank must bring all his old skills back to life. He has to call on his old friends from both sides to discover why he has been targetted, and what evil is being planned by his contemporary enemies.
And what friends he has! Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Henry, The Records Keeper (Ernest Borgnine), the heavily armed paranoid Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), and the elegant Victoria (Helen Mirren).
There's humour and extreme action, really, really big guns and the potential loss of old friends. What more could an audience want?
by Ali Kayn
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Just the facts:
Title: RED (2010)
The Players: Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Morse
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