What do you get when you cross an action film, light comedy and actors you haven’t seen on the big screen recently? RED.
RED balances all three and with slight hints of romance between Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Sarah (Mary Louise Parker), makes for an interesting concoction for movie-goers who just want to be entertained without worrying about a complicated story line.
If you’re the type who needs thick plots and subplots, this is not the movie for you.
Frank is a retired CIA agent living a simple life who at times gets bored, but has found joy by calling Sarah, his retiree customer service agent. Frank calls Sarah and pretends he isn’t getting his monthly retirement check just for the chance to get to talk to her. In the process, they strike up small conversations which become more personal.
Frank’s life is interrupted when an attempt is made on his life and he goes on the run first to Kansas City where Sarah lives. He takes Sarah with him — against her will at first. But before long, she is caught up in the intrigue and becomes a willing participant.
Their first stop is to see Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), an old team member who is retired also but still has the connections to help Frank figure out who is trying to kill him. What Joe doesn’t know is he is a target as well.
In his quest to find out who is trying to kill him, Frank elicits the help of another old team member, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich). Marvin apparently has had too many mind control experiments done on him and is paranoid of everything, but since he is on the hit list, too, he helps Frank by joining the team.
With attempts made on each of their lives, the team goes looking for the last former team member, Victoria (Helen Mirren). Victoria has faired better than the other team members and has adapted to life out of the CIA lifestyle — somewhat — she does do contracts “on the side.”
With the team completely back together, they find out who is trying to kill them and set off on a plan to bring them down.
The critics really didn’t give RED an overwhelming vote of confidence, but the movie was entertaining. All of the actors mesh well and Malkovich stole the show with his quick one-liners that were funny but not silly.
If all you’re looking for is an entertaining movie, go see RED.