Red (2010)


Red is the film adaptation of the Warren Ellis graphic novel of the same name. The story follows a retired CIA agent who is targeted by a high tech assassin, and his fight to keep himself alive.

Running from their would-be killers, Frank Moses and his team of ex-spooks must eventually break into CIA headquarters to uncover a massive conspiracy. Like the DaVinci Code, only this won’t make my mom give up on God. It will, on the other hand, make her give up on the CIA. She will soon live in Canada, where they know no governing body.


The Scoop

Warren Ellis rocks, and while the film seems to be a little more on the light-hearted side than the graphic novel, I think director Robert Schwentke may have created a really good movie. His other credentials include Flightplan and The Time Traveler’s Wife, but you shouldn’t hold that against him.

Who’s It For?

I feel it’ll go R.

Movie Release Date

October 15, 2010.

Who’s In It?

Bruce Willis … Frank Moses
Morgan Freeman … Joe Matheson
Mary-Louise Parker … Sarah
Helen Mirren … Victoria
John Malkovich … Marvin Boggs
Karl Urban … William Cooper
Richard Dreyfuss … Alexander Dunning
Julian McMahon … VP Stanton
Brian Cox … Ivan Simanov

Interesting Fact

Despite being one of the greatest comic book writers ever (have you read Planetary yet?) Warren Ellis has had very few of his stories translated into film. Let’s hope this kicks off a trend.

Related Movies

The Whole Nine Yards, Live Free or Die Hard (come on, Willis played old guy cop/assassin in both, he needs a new character)

What’s Good About It?

Helen Mirren is shooting a big freaking gun. You should be ashamed to need to know what’s good about this film. Watch the darn trailer.

What’s Bad About It?

My expectations may be too high, and I’ll be let down. It’ll be all your fault.

Our Clever Prediction

It has to be good. Look at the cast. Every name is better than the last. Seriously, this has to be the best casting ever. Even better than Twilight. I know. It seems like blasphemy to say it, but I think it’s true. Team Red.

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