“Still armed. Still dangerous. Still got it.”
When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I knew it was a film I wanted to see. It seemed like a movie that had it all: action, humor, and a bit of heart. Plus, with an all star cast – why not? It was definitely worth the wait.
Going into the film, I must admit – I read many reviews about it. It was interesting to read how this movie was compared to “The Expendables” being that it’s a movie filled with both action and humor. But, something told me this film was definitely going to be better than “The Expendables.” I was right.
(Note: For those who are interested, I saw “The Expendables” – I wasn’t very impressed. Yes, it had a lot of action with some great action sequences. But, that’s about it. As far as the overall movie and storyline, it didn’t really rank that high at the top of my list. Sorry, just my opinion (for the fans of the film).
So, why is this movie called “Red?” Good question.
“Red” is an acronym that stands for: Retired, Extremely Dangerous. And let me tell you, the characters portrayed in the movie are extremely dangerous. I especially enjoyed both Bruce Willis’ (who plays Frank Moses) and John Malkovich’s (who plays Marvin Boggs) performances.
At the heart of it, this is a movie about growing older. And, I think many people can relate to this film. Though growing old is a way of life for us all, it does not mean we become useless and life has to be dull.
Even though we may grow old physically, if we are still young in our minds then we will always remain young at heart. And, being young at heart will give us the ability to make ourselves useful again.
In a way, I think growing old gives us life experiences. With experience, comes knowledge. And, with knowledge comes wisdom.
In the movie, the wisdom of team “Red” really comes out through all the characters. Each bring experience to the table, each bring their strengths. And, I found it quite entertaining to see how each of the characters really showcased themselves in the film.
So many times, we’re used to seeing movies that involve young, superhero types. But, this movie begs the question – what happens when these superheroes grow older? Are they still superheroes? Or, do they retire away to seclusion?
In a sense, I think it’s a little bit of both. Though, it’s quite a dramatic change to live the fast life and then all of a sudden retire back to seclusion. It’s one of those things where it’s hard to get away from the kind of life you’re used to living.
So, it’s no wonder why some return to their prior lives even though they are older. It just goes to show that you can grow old physically, but if you are young at heart – you will remain young in your mind forever.
If you’re looking for an action type of movie with a bit of humor and some heart, I definitely recommend this one.
(Note: For another perspective on the film, check out my pal Action Flick Chick’s review. Thanks for reading!)
Happy movie watching!
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