$2.50 Reviews: Red (2010)

$2.50 Reviews:

Red

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Red is a 2010 action film directed by Robert Schwentke. It stars Bruce Willis who, as the title indicates, is RED, (Retired and Extremely Dangerous). Recently forced into retirement, Miller is having difficulty adjusting to the retired-life, and spends his time sitting around, watering an avocado and talking with a customer service agent named Sarah Roses (Mary-Louise Parker). Soon after the film begins, Miller comes under attack from a hit squad. This leads him to believe that Sarah is also in danger, so after fending off the attack, he packs up and goes to Kansas City to protect her. The pair hit the road and soon run into a large cast of other retirees.

Willis looking serious throughout is the funniest part

The most prominently featured secondary cast member is Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich). He's really the only character that Miller and Sarah run into that actually gets the screen-time they deserve. The additional characters actually make the film more entertaining, because when they aren't around, Miller and Sarah mostly just spend their time going from place to place. The action only really kicks once they recruit the ever-rotating number of characters they meet.

It's really a shame that Red lacks so much in the action department, because that is the biggest thing it had going for it. Seeing good, albeit old, actors involved in crazy shootouts and other over-the-top action sequences is something that I was really hoping to see from Red. Instead, I got some mediocre actions scenes that occur only intermittently between the plot points being hammered out or scenes that attempt to be dramatic. They are too infrequent and mediocre to really be effective at keeping the audience entertained.

What actually takes the most time out of the action is the film's attempt to actually explore what it would be like to go from being an action star to a retiree. Sadly, none of these scenes really add up to anything. They seem there just to kill time, and never actually explore this idea in as much depth as I had hoped.

Seeing as how the majority of the actors in the film have been around for a long time, one would believe that at the very least, the acting of the film would be really good. While it isn't bad, nobody, except Willis, stood out. The characters are all fairly one-dimensional, and none of them show any real depth. They seem to always know pretty much all that is going on, and seem to hope that the action scenes would carry the entire film. When actual depth is attempted, the film falls flat. It becomes boring, and this isn't helped by mediocre acting.

Even though none of the actors really made an impact on me, the film was still better when more of the actors were on the screen. The action scenes appeared to be waiting for there to be at least 3 main characters to show up before anything would happen. Bruce Willis actually does carry the majority of the film, and is the one constant throughout. The other characters come and go, seemingly at will, so you can never get used to any specific one.

Look for an awesome cameo from an older actor

If there's one thing that Red does have in its favor, it's the fact that it is intermittently humorous. Some scenes, like the opener, are actually really funny. Sadly, this level of humor does not keep at a high level throughout, and ends up becoming kind of dry by the end. The times where the film is funny mostly come from Willis playing the entire thing with a straight face, while dealing with everyone else that is around him. There are certainly times where Red will make you burst out laughing, but those times are quickly replaced with boredom.

Red was a film that I actually had fairly high hopes for. It was supposed to be a fairly humorous film with high-profile stars involved in exciting action scenes. The only part of that premise that really happens is that the film does have high-profile stars. It's just too bad that they aren't really given all that much to do, and what they are given isn't all that entertaining. The film does have times where it is really funny, and a couple big action scenes, but the gaps between these almost managed to make me want to fall asleep. There just isn't all that much to Red. It doesn't really explore what getting old is like, it isn't incredibly funny, and what action scenes it does have are too infrequent to actually matter.

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Great review, Marter! I didn't notice any grammar mistakes or anything like that. A solid review as usual, though I noticed a bit of repetitive word play, but that's no big deal.

I agree almost completely with this. I had hoped it would be good. In fact, better than good. I love all the actors in it, however, it just came off as extremely mediocre with the exception of Helen Mirren and John Malkovich. Even Willis and Freeman were a bore here as was Mary Louise Parker, whom I love in Weeds. Her acting was just....weird.

At any rate, great review and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Julianking93:
Great review, Marter! I didn't notice any grammar mistakes or anything like that. A solid review as usual, though I noticed a bit of repetitive word play, but that's no big deal.

See this? Another one saying you've got solid reviews! ^^

Julian's right, there aren't any issues with grammar either. A few words or sentences I'm starting to recognize from previous reviews, but that's to be expected. I like that you've got a formula when it comes to writing and laying out your review, it adds a level of consistency. Plus, the more familiar the reader becomes with the layout and presentation, the less chance of them getting distracted.

I also quite liked how you threw in the silhouette, and telling the reader to expect a suprise cameo, a great way to get the reader a little more excited or interested in the movie. Although I'm not sure that's what you'd want with this particular film, but you know what I mean.

I'm sure I'll end up renting this on XBL one day. At the very least, I'd appreciate seeing a few quality actors on the screen at once.

In before the inevitable TF2 shoops on the movie posters.

If there aren't, I will be dissapointed.

So, wait, you disliked a film that MovieBob really liked? Not like you :P

This seems really nitpicky, but when you mention Bruce Willis you don't actually relate him to his character name, so when you start talking about 'Miller' that was slightly jarring. You're fourth paragraph was also a bit short, and it would have been nice to see you expand on why those scenes didn't really work. Apart from that, the review was great :)

Good review and more scathing than my take on the film.

FargoDog:
So, wait, you disliked a film that MovieBob really liked? Not like you :P

I was shocked too. :o

This seems really nitpicky, but when you mention Bruce Willis you don't actually relate him to his character name, so when you start talking about 'Miller' that was slightly jarring.

*GASP*

Huh, I thought I would have noticed something like that. Oh well. >_<

Marter:

*GASP*

Huh, I thought I would have noticed something like that. Oh well. >_<

Yes, you would have. And should have. For your error, a horde of pinsirs will be around shortly to devour you. With spoons!

And I have had far too much sugar <.<

FargoDog:
Yes, you would have. And should have. For your error, a horde of pinsirs will be around shortly to devour you. With spoons!

And I have had far too much sugar <.<

Pinsir should be capitalized.

MWAHAHAHA!!!

*runs and hides*

Marter:

FargoDog:
Yes, you would have. And should have. For your error, a horde of pinsirs will be around shortly to devour you. With spoons!

And I have had far too much sugar <.<

Pinsir should be capitalized.

MWAHAHAHA!!!

*runs and hides*

No, that would be if there was one pinsir named Pinsir. Pinsirs are just like any other animal. You wouldn't call a bear a Bear would you? No. You wouldn't.

FargoDog:
No, that would be if there was one pinsir named Pinsir. Pinsirs are just like any other animal. You wouldn't call a bear a Bear would you? No. You wouldn't.

The names of all Pokemon are capitalized, as far as I know.

Marter:

The names of all Pokemon are capitalized, as far as I know.

Well they shouldn't be.

FargoDog:

Marter:

The names of all Pokemon are capitalized, as far as I know.

Well they shouldn't be.

It looks nicer!

"pinsir" looks so dull and insignificant. "Pinsir" gives it some class and authority.

Solid review as always, but it would have been nice if you made mention of the comic book origins at some point :/

 

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