Red (dir. Robert Schwentke, 2010) – When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to uncover his assailants.
Echoing Cop Out and The Losers, Red is plenty of fun and pure joy to watch.
John McClane and God teaming up as retired, extremely dangerous CIA agents? Bones McCoy abandoning his blue shirt and suiting up for his mission against them? If those aren’t reasons enough, how does one miss a movie with the Queen wielding a gun? Simple. One doesn’t.
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Karl Urban and Helen Mirren all take up arms in this hilarious thrill ride. The unlikely ensemble proceeds to launch an avalanche of impossible action and ludicrous fights. Think, strolling out of a spinning car. Scrap that. In fact, go big and imagine a single bullet stopping the impact of a missile launcher.
Adding to such over-the-top entertainment, John Malkovich contributes hilarious one-liners and Mary-Louise Parker, silly antics. It is difficult not to have the least bit of fun with this.
Making the action parody whole are the subtle references that cinephiles will recognise. With an actual pair of pliers and a blowtorch, Red finds the time to throw a nod at Pulp Fiction. Having Bruce Willis present at the scene? Priceless brilliance.