MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 52 this week

RED (2010)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  15 October 2010 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 194,991 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 313 user | 306 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 15 Jan 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 08 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "RED" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: RED (2010)

RED (2010) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of RED.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

RED 2 (2013)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich
R.I.P.D. (2013)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker
Cop Out (2010)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter
Tower Heist (2011)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck
Taxi I (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt
Showtime (2002)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.

Director: Tom Dey
Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo
Taxi 2 (2000)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Emma Wiklund
Formula 51 (2001)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.

Director: David Zucker
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Woman Neighbor
...
...
...
...
...
Randy Wade Kelley ...
...
...
Cop at Intersection
...
...
...
Retirement Home Detective
...
Nurse
Edit

Storyline

Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript 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 as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank's past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous. Written by Malcolm is Crazy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Looking For A Little Action. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red  »

Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,662,472 (UK) (22 October 2010)

Gross:

$90,356,857 (USA) (28 January 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John C. Reilly was cast as Marvin Boggs, but dropped out and was replaced by John Malkovich. See more »

Goofs

The Plantronics hands-free headset that Sarah uses in her office has a red indicator light on the end of the microphone boom. The light is supposed to be off when the phone is not connected, flashing when the caller is on hold and constant-on when connected normally. However, every time Sarah is shown talking to Frank, the light is flashing, indicating that the phone is actually on hold. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Moses: [on the phone] 943-66-2291. Pension Services, please.
Woman: Thank you, Mr. Moses, please hold for your representative.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Bullets, guns and explosions play out over the end credits. See more »

Connections

Followed by RED 2 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ghost
(uncredited)
by James Newton Howard
(when Frank and Sarah go down to the archives at the CIA)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

John McClane, Cyrus the Virus, God and The Queen team up and kill people for laughs
26 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A retired CIA operative, hunted by his own people, reunites his old team for one last mission. It's certainly not an original story, mashing together ideas that we've seen before in the Bourne series, The Expendibles and The Losers. 'RED' (which stands for 'Retired, Extremely Dangerous') is the 4th film this year to be adapted from a graphic novel. It is also the 4th to feature men going on a mission, and the 5th with a plot involving the CIA. I couldn't help but feel skeptical. But then I noticed the cast list and realised that this is meant to be a comedy. At this point I saw the project in a different light. 'RED' is a film in which John McClane, God, Cyrus the Virus and The Queen join forces and kill people for laughs. Clearly this was going to be a film where story and sense came second to cast and chemistry.

From 'Die Hard' to 'Sin City', Bruce Willis' good-guy-having-a-bad-day routine has evolved little, but it does not need to be fixed. His performance in 'RED' is familiar, but he is never less than entertaining. This time he brings with him an air of self-parody. Throughout the film he maintains a carefree poker-face, as though he's done this so many times over the years that he can afford to be relaxed. There are valid attempts at making Willis seem more normal, and these can be quite amusing. The first 10 minutes, which show him adjusting to retirement and aimlessly wandering around the house in his dressing gown, are reminiscent of Carl Fredricksen's first appearance as an old man in 'Up'. Deeper characterisation, however, only serves to show how abnormal he really is, and it is a delight to see him in action.

With the exception of Willis, the cast is made up of actors who have no business waving guns around. Helen Mirren was an inspired choice, as if making up for the predictability of Willis' casting. Flower-arranging OAP on the outside and bad-ass hit-woman on the inside, Mirren is strangely suited to action. There is something about the juxtaposition of her gran-like demeanour with exaggerated violence that makes her very funny and extremely watchable.

John Malkovich is particularly entertaining in his performance as a mentally questionable conspiracy theorist who refuses to retire peacefully. After the numerous roles he has played with an undercurrent of insanity, it is hilarious to see him go full-on howling mad. It is not often that Malkovich gets to flex his comedy muscles, but he steals every scene in which he appears.

Morgan Freeman is unfortunately the weakest part of this alternative A-Team, not because of his performance but because he is under-utilised. He has little action time and even less characterisation. There is a glimpse at pervy-old-man behaviour (which could have been funny) and a mention of health problems (which could have been touching) but these are quickly forgotten. It is as though the writers were distracted, trying too hard to develop a secondary storyline involving Willis' romance with a pension office clerk. This subplot adds little and distracts from the main picture. It is a pity, because the wasted effort could have been more effectively put into making the story tighter, or on giving Morgan Freeman more screen time.

Overall, this is a good laugh, even if you won't remember it afterwards. Taking things less seriously and trying less hard to be cool means that 'RED' is more fun than 'The Expendibles', and less embarrassing too. Stallone can mumble all he wants about "shooting real action" - I'd rather see the Queen fire machine guns.


122 of 139 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A fun movie except for... howard_Patrick
Helen Mirren....*sigh* hudistunt-649-790641
Who Killed Joe? door34
Just seen it. Disappointed mark5000910
Karl Urban or Brad Pitt doghammond
W.E.T. team??? What does it mean? sitano-1
Discuss RED (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?