I went into RED expecting a comedy. What I got instead was a fun action story with some funny parts thrown in along the way, and I think it turned out better that way. Its interesting to watch Bruce Willis as retired CIA agent Frank trying to adjust to a normal life in the beginning, and as the story moves along we begin to learn more about him.
I really liked the idea of what happens to spies when they get old and RED capitalized on that idea. One scene which really drove that home was when Frank visits his old Russian rival and they reminisce. I also really liked John Malkovich’s character who has become one of the most paranoid people on the planet. He was hilarious in that role.
The action was nothing to write home about but it wasn’t distractingly bad either. But in this case the story is what holds up this action flick. I really liked the development of the plot which all comes together quite nicely. There are a lot of really strong moments, such as when Karl Urban’s character is tracing Frank’s phone call and finds out where he’s calling from.
RED set out to put together a great cast and tell a good story about the life of spies after their glory days. It succeeded, and the result is a movie that is a lot of fun. 8/10