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Bruce Willis, what more can I say? How about John Malkovitch? I think he steals the show! His understated humor is great! The other actors are great as well, I can't think of a single scene I didn't like. There are enough plot twists and unexpected moments to keep you guessing, I never predicted anything, I was surprised at every turn. The best thing? Nobody dies! (at least no good guys) Get this movie, then get RED2, you'll love them!
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Bruce Willis is back doing what he does best: action-comedy. The movie opens with Willis getting up as the clock turns to 6:00 AM with no alarm. This quick opening scene shows us his orderly life. He rips up his retirement checks just so he can talk to a woman in Kansas City on the phone, whom he has not met, but has a fascination. Played by Marie-Louise Parker she also writes bad spy romances which Willis reads. As Willis gets up too early, his sixth sense is working, a group of men attempt to kill him. He heads to KC and kidnaps his would-be gf. As it turns out the CIA is trying to kill him for something that happened in Guatemala in 1981. The bulk of the movie is to figure out why and to stop it before they get killed.

The dialouge has a dry wit to it. For example when Willis takes a bullet:

Parker: "This is bad."
Willis: "People get shot all the time."
Parker: "No they don't. They normally get paper cuts."
Malkovich: "I normally get shot."

The film moves at a good pace and really gets fun when Malkovich shows up. John was a former CIA operative who was given LSD everyday for 11 years. He is quirky and paranoid.

Ernest Borgnine: Plays a CIA records keeper.
Karl Urban: CIA agent hunting Willis.
Morgan Freeman: Former CIA agent, part of Willis' group.
Helen Mirren: Also a former "wet" agent. Retired and complex. She enjoys baking, arranging flowers, and killing.
Richard Dreyfuss shows up near the end as a bad guy arms dealer.

As in most modern action films, impossible things happen. But then that is what makes them fun to watch and we all expect it from a Willis film
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 1, 2015
5 reasons to love RED:
1. Excellent cast that obviously got along well, from younger studmuffin Karl Heinz Urban (Lord of the Rings), to Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. No one disappoints.
2. Excellent action scenes, from gunfire battles (including some lovely big guns, grenades, and a missle launcher) to hand-to-hand combat featuring actors doing many of their own stunts.. and they have the real-life scars to prove it.
3. Solid script and great directing and editing.
4. Some Hilarious situations and antics, including John Malkovitch's character (ticked at being called an old man) going up against a blonde with a missle launcher, a "first date" from hell, a novel way to get a CIA squad on their knees (the elevator scene), and many, many others.
5. Believability. Some, if not a lot, of the script is based on facts from now-declassified CIA files, and this version offers a special feature describing some of these facts in greater detail as well as an optional audio commentary by a retired CIA agent. Much of the dialogue seems "real", from
"I can't believe you broke into my home! Wait... did you... VACUUM in here?!"
"A little bit. Ya. It was kinda messy in here, and I was waiting for you for a while." to
"Wow, he's paranoid."
"He thought he was being dosed with drugs. Turns out the CIA was giving him daily doses of LSD for eleven years."
"Oh, in that case he's doing great!"
"Ya, I know."
◇Frank (Bruce Willis), a retired "CIA analyst", has been marked for death, but he doesn't know why. Or, more appropriately, why NOW. He races to find out why, and reunites with some old frenemies to get to the heart of the matter. But he has an action-packed, often hilarious trip from point A to point B, and when he and his team find out why several of them have been targeted, they clean things up in classic RED (Retired. Extremely Dangerous) style.◇
I've bought several copies of RED and RED 2 to give as gifts, and no one has had anything but praise for either film.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon August 8, 2011
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) retired form the CIA is just trying to make time over the phone with Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) when to his chagrin he finds he is the target of unfinished business and anyone he likes may be dispatched along with himself. Now he must find the culprits or cabal that is out to depose of him and a hand full of other CIA retirees known as RED's (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) this will require getting the band back together.

Watch and have fun as the impossible becomes possible and you cannot help saying "Stay in the car". Of course Bruce Willis played in a lot of action shoot-um-up movies but Helen Mirren may soon surpass him. I know the movie is not unique but who cares? It is just fun to want them act it out.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 11, 2013
Here is another live action thriller , which is farfetched. It's good fun , but these people are not marksmen/women. Never has so
much lead been in the air without hitting anyone. No one actually gets shot until it is required for part of the plot. At one point
our heros are stopping the protagonists with a tripod mounted 50 caliber machine gun ; the customery black SUVs are
chewed to bits , but no one inside suffers a scratch!! Still it's all in the spirit of good fun and delivers on all counts. I will
acquire RED II in due course. Here's some silly fun for you ; during the aforementioned 50 cal scene the female lead
is seen in profile ; I think they used a bustier double for the scene ; see what you think!
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Bruce, Helen and Morgan as a bunch of indestructible old spies who are targeted by the CIA. Far-fetched? Just a wee bit! Fun movie to watch? You bet! Laughs? Yep! Lots of action and gratuitous explosions? Absolutely! So, what's not to like?

Yeah, this isn't going to win awards for the most clever plot, for the best acting, or for being close to realistic, but I enjoyed the movie from start to finish, and then ordered Red 2 to get more of the same. It's a fun movie, features Bruce being indestructible (which he does well), has a female love interest he has to protect, and lots of silly, laugh-out-loud moments. This is entertaining. In the end, that's exactly what I wanted, and loved, about Red.
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Brilliant! A no-holds barred spy / conspiracy thriller spoof; sort-of Johnny English given the full big budget Hollywood treatment. The superb mega-all-star cast rollicked their way through this light & humorous bit of pure entertainment with everyone clearly having a great time. Yes, it's silly, insubstantial nonsense but incredibly enjoyable nonetheless. It will sit contentedly with Johnny English, the Long Kiss Goodnight and the Die Hards in the DVD cupboard amongst the other feel-good-movies-with-stuff-going-bang and we shall undoubtedly watch it many more times.
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Video: This 1080p AVC 2.40:1 picture is terrific. Contrast is excellent, with deep and solid blacks. Colour is rich and saturated, with natural skin tones. The blue colour of Morgan Freeman's general uniform really popped off the screen. Resolution is excellent, with sharp and well-defined detail. (5/5)

Audio: The DTS-HD 5.1 Audio is dynamic, with aggressive sound effects, like gunfire, rockets and explosions. Bass is very deep. (5/5)

The movie's starpower is undeniable, with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss were also present. You have to wait until the very end to find out why Willis was being hunted down and the identity of the "bad" guy.

R.E.D. stands for Retired, Extremely Dangerous. But to watch Helen Mirren, starring down the CIAs, powering the machine gun in the underground parking garage, was well worth the price of the admission. In my opinion, R.E.D. should stand for Really Elegant Diva = Helen Mirren. Highly recommended.
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on December 12, 2011
had to say I enjoyed the plot & the cast were very good
I got to watch the filming in parts here in Toronto & got to watch the shot up scene from the parking lot at the Royal York Fairmont
only wish I could of met the cast : )
Willis is good in this film but was really impressed with Karl Urban who did an awesome job
may not please everyone but it got funny parts & you know how it will end which is typical with Willis movies
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on December 29, 2012
First of all I would like to qualify that my favourite genre of movies is action, but not mindless or gratuitous action. This movie has lots of action but also comedic relief and a love interest. The story has sufficient twists and turns to add intrigue. Bruce Willis and John Malkovich do a great job. The blu-ray version has great resolution and sound. I got it on sale for $10.00 so it I consider it an extremely good value.
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