Taking a leaf out of Rajnikanth’s books, Bruce Willis draws his gun while simultaneously stepping out of a car that’s in a mid-360 spin, shoots at his opponent and steps back in (while it’s still spinning) to flash a smile at his girl. RED is an action-comedy which takes a punch at spy movies and has a pinch of romance blended in as well. Director Robert Schwentke’s geriatric heroes – Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich teach you to take old dogs seriously, especially when they have a particular set of highly dangerous acquired skills viz. they are all former CIA operatives! This toxic group, RED or Retired Extremely Dangerous, are to be eradicated but the convoluted plot has another story to tell.
Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses who lives a retired life in a quiet suburbia and has a phone relationship with Sarah, a young lady at the pension office. He secretly digs the trashy novels she adores, adding soft mushiness to his macho assassin role. The flirtations end when Frank drugs and kidnaps his girl Sarah for her own safety and joins forces with Marvin (Malkovich), a delusional former operative whose been experimented on multiple times with LSD, Joe (Morgan Freeman), who’s believed to be dead, and Victoria (Helen) who seems as mild as your grandma till you see her comfortably sport boots under her dress while wielding big bazookas. The starcast is one to boast but the film comes off as a mediocre comedy. The long-winded plot lacks freshness and even the action is a bit over the top.
A still to remember is Helen behind a machine gun in an evening gown warning Sarah that if she breaks Frank’s heart “I’ll kill you and bury your body in the woods”. It’s definitely not the thriller action the promos have you expect but this comic-action caper will bust your belief that awesome action heroes can never be old!