Bruce Willis plays retired CIA wunderkind assassin now retired to a quiet life whose main pleasure is wooing pension services phone rep Mary-Louise Parker by phone under the false pretense of checks lost in the mail. One evening he's assaulted in a spectacularly unsuccessful fashion by group of heavily armed men in black. After picking up Parker on the way he reunites with his old colleagues to try to find out just what the heck is going on. This includes Morgan Freeman the aging brains of the outfit, John Malkovich (stealing his parts of the film as) a paranoid, even though everyone is out to get him bad-ass, and Helen Mirren introduced as "the best wet-work asset in the business." They're all what we learn is described by the CIA as RED: retired, extremely dangerous.
The comedy-actioner's path is a little overly windy with some slow spots but generally delivered the fun promised in the preview trailers. It's possible as some have suggested that the experience is enhanced due to our prior relationships with each of the actors involved. But really - that goes to judging the filmmaker's in some way that's beyond my caring. I paid $10 and had a good time, 'nuff said. Well, actually I paid nothing because this was payback by Gold Class Cinemas for the spectacular failure I experienced at Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But you get the idea....
And yes - that scene where Willis steps out of a spinning car to take quite a few shots at the fellow chasing him is as tres cool as it.
In the next few days I hope to get my review of Gallants (aka Cocoon with kung-fu) posted. There is an interesting comparison to be made between these films, but I guess that will have to wait just a bit. In short though Gallants has characters who while still masters of the form have to accept the limitations of their age where putting the effort in doesn't mean they'll triumph. While in the case of Red these guys are all portrayed as as good as they were before (or still better than everyone). Maybe firearms truly are the great equalizer.
Regardless of it's reasonableness it's fun to see the aging stars take a most successful run at action comedy again. And it's way better than another comparable "hey we're old but can still kick ass" reunion that of The Expendables earlier in the year - which I'm still trying to forget.