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by Tony Medley
Run time 105 minutes.
Not for children.
All through this I kept comparing it with The
Expendables, a silly film earlier this year peopled by aging action
stars that took itself oh, so seriously. Here we have aging stars Bruce
Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, and John
Malkovich, who, instead of taking themselves as seriously as Sylvester
Stallone, Mickey Rourke and the others, laugh at themselves. The result
is one of the more entertaining films of the year.
They are joined by Mary-Louise Parker, for whom
Willis falls over the phone. But she doesnít know what sheís letting
herself in for. While the entire cast gives wonderful performances, itís
Parker who makes the film wonderfully comedic as the captured girlfriend
who overcomes her confused first physical meeting with Willis.
Expendables, there are thousands of bullets shot throughout without
hitting much. But thatís the only correlation. This is brilliantly
directed by Robert Schwentke, a German who also did The Time
Travelerís Wife, a film that required talent to make it something
more than romantic pap. Heís working with an inventive script by Jon
Hoeber and Erich Hoeber based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis and
Wills, Freeman, Mirren,
and Malkovich are ďRetired but Extremely DangerousĒ (hence RED) as CIA
black ops agents. Someone from the agency is out to kill them, lead by
Karl Urban, the CIA hit man assigned to kill Willis. Like everyone else
in this film, Urban gives a fine performance.
performance is given by Brian Cox, who plays a Russian operative and
former Cold War spy who suddenly finds himself on the same side as the
While Schwentke keeps
the pace up, this is an actorís movie, and these actors, especially
Parker, Malkovich, and Willis perform in such a way that I had a smile
on my face almost the entire time. Malkovich affects me much the way
Jack Nicholson does. While Malkovich is a long way from the Nicholsonís
sex symbol niche, he has the same sort of charisma. I canít remember
seeing him in a film in which I didnít enjoy his performance, regardless
of the quality of the film. Here he is given a long rope with which to
ply his wares, playing a guy who has clear mental problems.
Given the fact that
the entire cast gives scintillating performances, it shouldnít be
considered a put down to the others to say that Parker and Malkovich
September 29, 2010