Red (111 min)
“Retired extremely dangerous”; boy and are they ever. This movie shows that even after all these years, old people sure still can have it. These agents never lost their edge even with their increase in age. They are back and better than ever, proving that they are not just a bunch of washed up, retired agents. They are doing so by “getting the band back together” and going on a mission that involves their own lives at stake. Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired and extremely dangerous. He is also very bored and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally boring house. The only joy in Frank’s life are his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is just as bored and lonely as Frank and when something in Frank’s past forces Frank back into his old line of work it puts an unwitting Sarah right in the middle of it all. He meets up with some of his old friends for help on this mission like the good ol days. These friends include such great actors like Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, all of who have either won or have been nominated for an Oscar. Yes this is one of those movies where the actors can just sit back, relax and have a blast without having to do much rigorous acting (“Burn After Reading”, and “Oceans 11, 12, and 13)” like they do in some of their better, more acclaimed movies where they landed their Oscar nomination. But still their presence is known and just based on that reason alone, I can say that the movie was pretty good and entertaining at least. With actors like these, that is all they had to do was make their presence known and they all actually contribute pretty equally in acting unlike some other movies where the director stacks the movie with good actors but has no clue how to use them all properly. Or the director just won’t use most of them at all (“Grown Ups”, and “The Expendables”). Robert Schwentke seemed to know at least how to use the caliber of actors he had to his advantage. When you have a movie that is racked up with high-valued actors like this one, then that is when you need a good director who knows what the heck he is doing so that he knows how to use the actors properly and to his or her advantage. This is where the movie flourishes. Of course you have got to give the actors credit as well. They are a great bunch of older actors that are legendary to say the least and who sure are old, but just like whom they play in the movie, they are still here and better than ever baby. Old men: Old men my ass.