Friday, January 28, 2011
RED DVD review
Our cast are all retirees that are being hunted down by someone. They must work together to uncover what's going on and get to the bottom of the killings. Great premise right?! Now I'll tell you what I liked and didn't like about the film. Let's begin.
What I liked about the film:
How can you ignore a cast like this? Every single actor does a great job in this film. Willis is the newest retiree and is having trouble adapting to his new life. He has become friends with Mary Louise Parker, and she's helping him cope with his boredom. Freeman, Cox, Mirren and Malkovich are also all retired and have known each other for years. They all contribute to solving the mystery going on around them.
Simple to follow, but sophisticated enough that we don't go numb. I liked it. It was the perfect mix of mystery and mayhem. I never felt lost during the movie, I knew everything that was going on, despite a half a dozen locations. I also never felt like director Robert Schwentke was talking down to me either. Great job in this department.
Schwentke, I loved what he did in this film. Before RED, all I had ever seen of Schwentke's work is The Time Traveler's Wife, which I hated! I also knew he was set to direct Ryan Reynolds (rumored) in the upcoming comic book adaptation, R.I.P.D. In this film, he takes the audience on a crazy ride; where we can just let go of our problems for two hours and enjoy! The score was fitting, the wardrobe, the editing, all of which the director has a hand in achieving. Plus, can you imagine the pressure that guy must of felt? He's directing living legends, the best at what they do. He did a great job!
What I didn't like about the film:
Mary Louise Parker's character
Ellen Page's character in Inception. I understand it, but don't agree with it. The writing could have covered what was being relayed to Parker's character. Still, she's great.
Original and worthy
The movie is original in what it does and worthy of the cast that was assembled. Its hard to make action-comedies these days. What's left to be seen, you know? But RED was new, fresh AND exciting. Really really enjoyed it and I look forward to the sequel.
The two disc special edition Blu-Ray of the film includes Deleted and extended scenes. Also a 6-part interactive feature that include pop ups with trivia, videos, interviews, etc. Another feature, CIA Exposed, and an audio commentary with retired CIA Field Officer, Robert Baer. Enjoy folks!