RED

Here’s a treat – an action movie with wit and humour and real characters.  Check out RED, directed by Robert Schwentke, (who I’ve now forgiven for the lame The Time Traveller’s Wife), screenplay by Jon and Erich Hoeber, and based on the comic book by ace satirist Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner.  My always unreliable newspaper said it was slow and boring; it’s not slow, it’s not boring, and it’s a delight.

Treasure Mary-Louise Parker – Josh’s girlfriend in The West Wing  – as the office worker sucked into the mad paranoid universe spawned by Ellis’s mad paranoid brain.  John Malkovich plays a lunatic sidekick convinced that the authorities are spying on him and tried to brainwash him – duh, all true.  And Helen Mirren and Brian Cox show what British thesps can do – namely, deliver kickass with added panache. 

Bruce Willis excels as the lead RED – the code name for CIA killers who are now designated Retired Extremely dangerous.

Here are the cool poster images:

 

And here’s the trailer.

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