Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Red. "Retired. Extremely Dangerous." Yep.

Our story starts out innocently enough as we follow Frank Moses through a normal, boring day. Big house and it's just him. He's obviously retired and doesn't know what to do with himself. But every once in awhile, he calls the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), who issues him his government retirement check. He gets to talk with one OPM specialist, Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker), who, after issuing him a replacement check for the one that was "lost" in the mail, gets down to details of her own boring life. Frank decides that it's time that he meet Sarah and pay a visit to D.C.

But suddenly things change when Frank's life is threatened. We learn that Frank was a highly experienced CIA operative before retirement. To give you any further details would spoil the fun - and I do mean fun - so I'll just add that he brings in old buddies, some who used to be enemies, from the old days. Actors portraying these roles are Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and others. And Karl Urban is sharp as the agent going after all these REDs.

This is a laugh-a-minute movie when you're not wondering how they're going to get out of the next prickly situation. It's taut action combined with great dialogue, dialogue that goes miles in explaining who each character is, why they're there, why they were good at what they used to do.

Bruce Willis shows his softer side. Helen Mirren is still sexy as she wields some automatic weapon that will never stop firing. Did I mention this movie was fun? Explosive AND fun. See it.

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