Red has perhaps the best collection of actors ever to star in an action adventure movie. The film is great entertainment and the acting is superb.
Bruce Willis stars as Frank Moses, a retiree trying to live a normal life in a quiet suburban neighborhood. This is a big change from his days as a highly trained black-ops CIA agent. Frank spends his days tending to his house and yard. He also spends time on the phone with a federal pension employee named Sarah (played by Mary-Louise Parker). He calls her on a regular basis to report missing government pension checks which really arent missing .. but Frank and Sarah simply enjoy talking to each other. They eventually agree that Frank will travel to where Sarah lives in Kansas City and go on a blind date.
The next night Frank is attacked in his home as he goes downstairs for a drink. A team of assassins wearing body armor and carrying machine guns have busted into his house to kill him. At the end of a fantastic extended fight scene all the assassins lay dead and Frank doesnt know who they were or what is going on. All he knows for sure is that they were professionals.
He then discovers that his phones were bugged, and figures that whoever is after him will probably go after Sarah for information next. He immediately goes to Kansas City, but instead of going on that blind date he kidnaps her in order to protect her.
Through a too-convenient event, Frank learns that a secret group inside the agency wants him and his ex-covert cohorts dead. Unbeknownst to Frank, he and his old team have information that could blow open a coverup of war crimes that occurred in Guatemala.
Frank reassembles his former covert team in an attempt to destroy this unseen enemy. They too have all retired, and like Frank are referred to within the CIA as REDs, which is an acronym for Retired: Extremely Dangerous. The actors playing these characters are truly A-list.
First on the list is Joe Matheson (played by Morgan Freeman), an intelligence expert now terminally ill with stage 4 liver cancer. Frank finds Joe living in a nursing home in New Orleans. Depressed that he is now old, Joe is happy to get back into the fray for one last assignment.
Next to be contacted is Marvin Boggs (played by the great John Malkovich), a skilled ex-agent who long ago was an unknowing recipient of LSD experiments conducted by the CIA. As a result Boggs now a neurotic, paranoid survivalist who lives in a camouflaged underground bunker. Malkovich is just fantastic in this role. He and Willis have great onscreen chemistry, and his nervous ticks and facial expressions are perfect.
The last two ex-agents to be contacted are Ivan (played by Brian Cox), a retired ex-KGB agent during the cold-war and Victoria (played by the forever beautiful Helen Mirren), a formidable assassin during her days as an MI6 agent.
With the group reassembled, Frank goes hunting for the shadowy figures trying to kill them.
From this point you just sit back and enjoy the ride as these actors (also including Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss) take over. The action is non-stop and the dialog is smart, sharp and funny. Exactly what you would expect from the most decorated cast ever to appear in a single action-adventure film.
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