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Red

Published February 20, 2011

Red

Film info

  • Title Red
  • Director Robert Schwentke
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Tagline Still armed, still dangerous, still got it

Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA s top agents but the secrets they know just made them the Agency s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

Background Info

You just can’t beat a bit of Bruce, and whilst this did have echoes of The Expendables (lots of famous people “getting the gang back together”), the trailer looked much better. A bit of humour makes a film far more likeable.

Live Blog

TimeComment

00:00:30 - This is a DC comic? 00:03:44 - Why would you make up a reason to call a call centre? No matter how nice the people are, most people do all they can to avoid them!** **00:04:28 - An action film with Bruce at Christmas. If he goes to an airport, we need to worry.** **00:05:23 - “It’s terrible, I love it, it’s awful.” That’s my kind of book review.** **00:07:47 - Woah, a gun that sees round corners!** **00:08:26 - Gooooo Bruce!** **00:09:46 - That… is going to wake the neighbours.** **00:13:04 -It takes the edge off, I think, if your intruder vacuums.** ****00:22:07 - So close to the car. Amazing. ****00:25:46 - “You can’t just go around duct-taping everyone.” ****00:29:34 - That CIA woman looks just like the pensions woman. ****00:30:05 **- Apparently, that is a pilot in Airwolf who is quite awesome. I may have been told to write this. **00:33:28 **- Steps down to the bunker hidden by a car! Genius! **00:37:06 **- There’s a place called Mobile? That must get confusing. **00:41:09 **- He was right! **00:49:19 **- Breaking into the CIA, that is something they haven’t done in National Treasure yet. **00:50:28 **- She’s cool. I want to be her. **00:52:58 **- Cute hair. Hair can be cute? **00:59:51 **- I love Marvin too! **01:01:49 **- Hard on the outside, gooey on the inside. Bruce is clearly an armadillo. **01:03:12 **- Is that gratuitous use of the CIA man’s children? **01:08:09 **- You have to be scared of someone wielding a blowtorch. **01:11:25 **- The man has a bloodshot eye still, from their earlier fight. That’s attention to detail. **01:17:32 **- How can you survive three bullets to the chest? **01:19:59 - Ah, that explains the children. Mr C guessed it before me. ****01:26:52 **- The CIA chap, good-looking, quite brooding, reminds me of Brad Pitt. **01:29:18 **- Who knew necklaces were so useful? **01:33:28 **- Marvin is always just there like her butler. Brilliant. **01:35:52 **- Awww, that’s soppy, but I like it. **01:41:31 **- I like the CIA man too. This is ridiculous. **01:45:07 - Moldova sucks! **

Conclusions

Woo, another great film to banish the bad mood that Expendables left me in. Great cast of characters, all very likeable and most amusing. Interesting story, although it took a while to become clear. The Morgan Freeman bit was not quite done right, left me feeling a bit weird, but that’s the only bit I would fix. Otherwise, it was fabulous.

Rating: 45

Rating: 4 / 5

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