Yes I bought the DVD RED on the day of its first release. It had all the things I love about an action movie. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Black Ops, and the evil machine of the CIA.
RED stands for Retired and Extremely Dangerous.
John Malkovich played a great character who, although he appeared to be paranoid, was mostly just correct. Everyone really was out to get him.
Helen Mirren was delightful as a lovely and gracious retired CIA operative who modeled her character after Martha Stewart except that she was a retired CIA assassin and still taking the occasional wet contract on the side.
Bruce Willis was, well, he was Bruce Willis. I love him bunches. And he didn’t look “old” to me. Not old enough to retire. He still kicked some serious ass too.
Morgan Freeman, who doesn’t love that guy? I just wanna give him a big hug. What a great cast.
Other than thoroughly enjoying the movie, there were a few problems with the plot that did bug me. A jewish-looking bad guy, played by Richard Dryfess, was ultimately giving the orders, and this was discovered long before the end of the movie. He even admitted to these retired CIA killers that he was the bad person who gave the orders to kill them because they were witness to a nasty operation (slaughter of a village) involving a man who was now the vice president and who, of course, was now running for president.
For some reason our retired CIA hero, played by Bruce Willis, still thought it was the Vice President who was the bad guy who needed killing, and he did not kill the real bad guy at this point when he had the chance. Duh!
Every self respecting conspiracy theorist knows that the politician is mostly just a puppet and a pawn of the powers behind him who put him in office. So what I see in this plot is a bunch of retired CIA assassins who are good at what they do, but are still clueless about who is really running the show. (Very much like in real life I guess.)
But the show was fun, with some romance, some comedy and lots of shooting. Looking at the plot as a whole I do wonder if making heroes out of professional assassins is a such good idea.
The DVD also had some add-ons with some information of some bad things our government and the CIA have done in the past, but of course they were very brief.
Was it worth paying $20.00? Well, I’ll watch it a few more times and let you know.