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It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.



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Frank, Joe, Marvin and Victoria used to be the CIA's top agents, but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

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Bruce Willis
as Frank Moses
Morgan Freeman
as Joe Matheson
John Malkovich
as Marvin Boggs
Helen Mirren
as Victoria
Karl Urban
as William Cooper
Brian Cox
as Ivan Simonov
Julian McMahon
as Robert Stanton
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Cynthia Wilkes
Ernest Borgnine
as Henry, the Records Keeper
James Remar
as Gabriel Singer
Richard Dreyfuss
as Alexander Dunning
Heidi von Palleske
as Woman Neighbor
Chris Owens
as Hanged Man
Jason Guiliano
as Endercott
Alec Rayme
as Cop at Intersection
Lawrence Turner
as Retirement Home Assassin
Emily Kuroda
as Mrs. Chan
Tara Yelland
as Wilkes' Secretary
Audrey Wasilewski
as Businesswoman
Dmitry Chepovetsky
as Surveillance Tech
Mathew Olver
as Surveillance Tech
Matthew Olver
as Surveillance Tech
Jason Weinberg
as Lead CIA Tactical Officer
Tony De Santis
as Security Chief
Greg Bryk
as Firefighter
Neil Whitely
as FBI Commander
Robert Morse
as Interrogator
Joshua Peace
as Interrogation Surviellance Tech
Michelle Nolden
as Michelle Cooper
Jake Goodman
as Cooper's Son
Tess Goodman
as Cooper's Duaghter
Desiree Beausoleil
as Security Woman
Laura De Carteret
as Fundraiser Greeter
Jonathan Lloyd Walker
as Agent Burbacher
Murray McRae
as Intro Speaker
Cindy Dukoff
as Banquet Guest
Thomas Mitchell
as Lone Agent
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Critic Reviews for Red

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  • Red is a goofball lament. It's saying that in the good old days, or at least in the good old movie days, our killers were good-time guys.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • While it's a movie richly endowed with big names, you come away imbued with the happy thought that they all left their egos at home.

    Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fast, funny, smart, adult-oriented action-comedy that generates precisely the kind of giddy vibe The Expendables lacked.

    Oct 27, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's very silly and runs out of steam well before the end, though there are one or two gags.

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Beneath its light exterior is not only a neat, if unsubtle, political undercurrent but a rebellious streak about how the allure of firing an RPG outweighs the prospect of retirement.

    Oct 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Much of the enjoyment comes from seeing these respected thespians so thoroughly embody cartoon characters; it's like Sidney Lumet directing Space Jam.

    Oct 15, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red

A retired CIA operative is targeted for elimination and so he reunites with his former colleagues to strike back at the assassins. RED is a comic strip action film based on a DC Comics series about ex-spies who come out of retirement and teach the new young whipper-snappers how it's done. The tone is very light-hearted despite the amount of fire power on show and it embraces the concept of "geriaction" wholeheartedly. I must admit I was expecting something a little more substantial considering the heavyweight cast however, as RED is little more than an episodic series of shoot outs combined with a few quips about ageing. The quality cast do keep the story entertaining enough, although it is slightly cringe worthy watching an actor of Malkovich's calibre gurning and prat-falling like an elderly Howling Mad Murdoch; in fact the whole film feels very much like an extended episode of The Aged-Team. It's all very slight and rarely laugh out loud funny leaving RED feeling like nothing more than a sitcom with a body count. Despite the big names involved here, The Losers was very similar and slightly better.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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I'm even surprised myself to say that the sequel is better.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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four stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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You know I was not sure what I was getting into with this movie but after watching it I am glad I jumped in. I thought it was just the right mix of humor and action and a good 2 hours spent. A good cast brings this popcorn flick to life. Dont go in expecting more and you will be fine.

John Manard
John Manard

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