May 23, 2017

Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren in explosive new trailer for “Red”

By Sean O’Connell “Red” strikes me as “Sin City” with a sense of humor. And that’s a very good thing.

Now, I haven’t read Warren Ellis’s graphic novel Robert Schwentke is adapting, and I’m sure if I flipped the pages, I’d learn it’s nothing at all like Frank Miller’s gory classic. But the tone of the violence looks similarly over-the-top, with more humor brought in to balance the bloodshed.

Schwentke also found actors who could be funny as the bullets fly. Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a special-ops soldier forced into retirement who must reunite his lethal team after he’s attacked. The joke? They’re all seniors, essentially. Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman sign up to shoot hand cannons. Mary-Louise Parker provides the eye candy (and ooh boy, does it work!)

“Red” will be in theaters on Oct. 15, but Yahoo has the first official trailer. Watch it, and tell me if I’m way off on my “humorous Sin City” take. That’s just how this effective clip struck me.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • June 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    MLP is “aiiight” but the real eye candy for me is seeing GILFalicious Helen Mirren toting a MACHINE GUN!!!

    Yeah, baby!

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