Retirement. When this word pops into our head, we think about many things. Top of the list; old age, frail bodies and failing minds.
But RED(thats “Retired, Extremely Dangerous” by the way), a movie based on the DC comic series with the same name, gives a unique twist to the age old genre of action flicks showing us younger peeps that you’re never really too old to open a can of whoop ass.
The movie begins with Willis’ character, Frank Moses, a retired wetworks agent coming out of retirement when assasins try to kill him. In a bid to find why and who wants him killed, Moses joins forces with fellow retired operatives Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). Some were old allies. Others, old enemies.
Along the way, he goes toe-to-toe with his hunter, William Cooper (Karl Urban) in an awesome close quarter combat brawl all to save Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) the one and only thing that humanises him after years of killing.
The movie’s one-liners and hilarious, plain crazy, desperate situations that will leave ur sides aching and gasping for air are finely balanced with a sense of danger and realism.
Bruce Willis’ acting shows no signs of needing a tune-up despite his age. This, complemented by an ensemble cast of other old folk – sorry i meant seasoned veterans – guarantee your money and time worth in watching this one hour 20 minute humourous-action flick.
3.5 / 5