Very few movies are able to keep the tempo when it serves both as an action movie & a stand alone comedy. ‘Red’ succeeds in delivering both in a great blend.
Plot: Frank Moss (Bruce Willis) has been forcefully retired from the CIA. Being an ex black ops agent, he finds the transition to normal life quite difficult. His peaceful life is soon disrupted by an attack from the hit squad, whom he believes to be field operatives of the CIA. He tries to figure out the reason behind the attack & tries to pull together his old teammates for the final stand.
This movie can boast for putting up some big names from the industry, to name few Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich etc. nevertheless, the strong cast did not overshadow the story. Though the narrative was clear-cut & fairly predictable, still it was quite engaging. John Malkovich acted as the paranoid conspiracy theorist; he provided most of the comic witticism to ease the tension, however the movie did not fall short to show him as one of the most talented operative. Among all the old hands, Helen Mirren’s character ‘Victoria’ was the main attraction, when she finally made an entry.
Overall this movie has a likeable plot & the action sequences are well choreographed. Each cast has been given a chance to shine in their own way & that’s what made the story so alluring.