Rating Explanation: for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Although it's long, predictable, and derivative, it's still one of the most enjoyable action/comedies in a long time.
DVD Features: Deleted and extended scenes; Access: Red - cast insights; CIA exposed; Audio commentary with retired CIA field officer Robert Baer.
Bruce Willis ...
Mary-Louise Parker ...
Morgan Freeman ...
Jefferson Brown ...
John Malkovich ... Marvin
Karl Urban ...
Chris Owens ...
Rebecca Pidgeon ...
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is a retired Black Ops super spy for the CIA but now lives in a modestly furnished suburban home,
where he is leads a simple life wondering whether or not it’s too early to put up the Christmas
decorations. The only excitement in his day is his phone call to
Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), the social security administrator who sends Frank his pension
But, Frank's boring, lonely life gets a surprising jolt when he's
ambushed by a SWAT team of assassins, barely escaping to Kansas City to
rescue Sarah. The first thing he does is assemble his old gang imploring them to do "one last job" with him. Morgan
Freeman and Helen Mirren play retired CIA agents who agree to re-team with their old friend, but, the real sparkle comes from John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs, a
conspiracy-minded paranoiac living in an underground bunker that can
only be accessed through a hollowed-out car. His crazy Marvin stays just the right side of
Director Robert Schwentke ("Flightplan") revs up the action which is based on a graphic novel and luckily has Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman to add measures of grace and gravitas to
counterbalancethe wacky John Malkovich. Helen Mirren is especially delightful when we see her forced to
revisit a long-ago affair with a Russian spy (Brian
Cox). But, no one is expected to take any of this very seriously, and although the plot plays out exactly the way you’d expect, the wiles of the
experienced cast ensure that RED which stands for Retired: Extremely Dangerous proves once again that a little wit and a lot of style can make an average film very enjoyable.