I don’t mind admitting that a movie can pique my interest simply by having a lot of actors I like in it. (And if those stars can actually act, it’s all the better.)
In fact, when someone asks me if I want to see a movie, I’m just as likely to start off by asking “Who’s in it?” before asking what it’s about.
This brings me to “RED.”
1. Does it have a lot of actors I like in it? With a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Julian McMahon, Karl Urban, Mary Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman and Richard Dreyfuss, I think we can safely say yes. And even better, each is an accomplished actor.
2. What’s it about? Based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, “RED” is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.
Sounds like an entertaining time at the movies. Count me in. But, then again, you already had me at “Bruce Willis.”
Written by Erich Hoeber and directed by Robert Schwentke, look for “RED” to hit theaters Oct. 15.
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