Rated NR

The image of Helen Mirren brandishing an automatic weapon does not evaporate easily, and it’s just one of the highlights of Red—albeit the only one that veers off the well-traveled paths of its stars. The title is G-man code for “Retired Extremely Dangerous,” used specifically to indicate Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), who is sought out by his former employers at the CIA after he has settled into a quiet, boring life in Cleveland. Once he realizes the government is out to get him for reasons that aren’t immediately clear, Frank calls in a few favors to old friends (Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and a seriously strapped Dame Mirren). The plot is silly spy-revenge stuff; it couldn’t matter less. But the CIA backdrop offers the actors a chance to blow up plenty of scenery, figuratively and literally. Sometimes, that’s enough for your $10.


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Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 15 Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren are ex CIA; two best friends must deal with their past; a man paid to break people up loses his heart; the jackassery of Jackass 3D (really?)and five special screenings on Tuesday, Oct. 19. It's all at the movies. 10/15/2010
Colorado Springs Independent (R)etired and (E)xtremely (D)erivative: RED The angsty assassin is one of contemporary cinema's favorite tropes, a function of our anti-heroic times. by Scott Renshaw 10/14/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Jackass 3D, Never Let Me Go, RED, Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian 10/14/2010
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Charleston City Paper A seasoned cast can't shake the overly familiar side of RED There are many things a diet of far too many movies have led me to believe about the world: Every romance that ends with a "happily ever after" begins with hate at first sight. No disaster is so disastrous that the dog will not survive. Explosions behind people may have the capacity to throw them dozens of feet but apparently generate no heat that will simultaneously burn them. The underdog always wins. And every trained killer is really, deep down, just a lonely guy in the midst of an existential crisis. by Scott Renshaw 10/13/2010

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