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    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2010
    As of today it's got a 70% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes which is nothing to snarfle at, relatively speaking.
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2010
    The entire movie was pure cheese. The plans didn't make sense, everyone they went up against were completely incompetent and they should have all died very early on in the film. But it was enjoyable.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2010
    We had fun, plenty of comedic violence and it was obvious this was a fun film for the actors. Thank you for providing the seed, Warren. I'll probably drag other friends out for it to further fodder the Hayburner.
  1.  (9044.104)
    I'm going to see it tomorrow night with my fellow action movie junkies.
  2.  (9044.105)
    No money, no friends, and midterms :(

    Okay actually I do have friends, but midterms and money still stand here as significant obstacles.
  3.  (9044.106)
    Saw it! WOOT; teheheheh BUNNY! (yes cause it tickled me pink - errr so to speak....)

    also- i SO have total hard and huge nerd dick for Helen, may the gods let me be that fucking awesome
    when i grow up.

    I startled half the movie goers when Warren's name came up on screen yelling "YES!" complete with fist pump,
    what can i say, i'm obnoxious like that and that made me happies.
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2010
    Anyone who recognizes my laugh knows exactly where I am no matter what.
    Primitive (effective) GPS.
    That said - everyone in the fucking theater knew where I was tonight.

    Parents want to own DVD for repeated viewings.
    Words were said about "see it in again in the theater."
    Then there were cocktails.

    Well done, Warren. You are attached to a movie that made my parents smile at the 'splodey bits. I like it when people make my parents smile.
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    Well THAT was silly. But, y'know, in the fun way.
  4.  (9044.109)
    I was a bit gobsmacked at just how culturally abbreviated Hollywood is these days. I bet most people went to it because they just love movies where Bruce Willis kills people. I could understand the need to change the plot from the original book, but to lose all of Warren's tasty dialog? Or that lovely little bit in the third issue where Moses is looking through the scope and flashing back to a lifetime of kills?

    Speaking of scopes, the part of the movie that pissed me off was having Helen Mirren (who was brilliant) miss all those FBI jackets, when her character really shouldn't have. And also because everyone in America right now REALLY wants to see field agents mowed down by the dozens as they storm castles. Well, everyone who isn't a sheep.

    Cheeky and enjoyable, hopefully it'll get some readers to the original.
  5.  (9044.110)
    Saw it last night.

    The audience laughed at Malkovich-with-the-bomb. Good.

    Warren's still too hot for Hollywood. All of the REALLY brilliant stuff was cut out, but Warren warned us it would be.

    The whole thing was frivolous, but that's true of many films intended for an international audience. Silly films can do very well overseas, because silly gags are easy to translate.

    Expect ten more years of films with Dick Cheney as the villain.

    Expect more translations of comic book films not involving costumes. Actors want to make money but they also want to show their face!

    I agree with KittenVillage: there was a missed opportunity to exploit the current antiestablishment mood of the country two weeks before the election, but again, I don't know if you could translate that for the foreign market. And I don't know how many risks the studios are going to take in the current economic downturn. As it says in Warren's other thread, most studios passed on this as it is. All of the studios passed on KICK-ASS.

    It didn't put enough faith in Warren's stuff. (Probably understandable given the nature of the market.) It did, however, put a lot of faith in its cast, and they delivered.

    Considering what happened to JONAH HEX and SCOTT PILGRIM, considering what happened to other big productions that opened against JACKASS, this one is a slam-dunk.

    Hope Bruce can talk Arnold into coming along for a sequel, so it can open in the summer.

    Hope Warren has a transforming robot pitch sitting in his desk!
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010 edited
    There were lots of good reaction pops in our audience mostly made up of older folks with a handful of younger folks. Malkovich with the rpg showdown and bomb got the best reactions. (This was in a DC suburb, so CIA jokes probably play different than most places)
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    We have no money but we must go. Because, you know. We love you.
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010 edited
     (9044.113)'s review: "Red": Cynical, idiotic -- and a total blast

    Just saw it. Theater was pretty full for a Saturday afternoon in the suburbs. Slight annoyance of having an entire row of tweens chattering and giggling behind me...but whaddaya gonna do?
    I definitely liked it. Was funny and entertaining. Well-paced. I felt that the editing style paid some kind of homage to the world of comics. Way more accessible to the average movie-goer than say Scott Pilgrim (which I loved).
    Great to see so many top notch character actors sharing a scene. And also the absurdity of recounting it to your friends: "And then Helen Mirren was like BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA!!"
  6.  (9044.114)
    Just got back from seeing it. I had a blast, what a great movie. I say this not having read the original, so I'm sure I'm missing out on the nerdrage that would normally accompany an adaptation (like, say, Starship Troopers). My friends were a couple of ladies who don't have the foggiest notion who Warren Ellis is, and they absolutely loved the film, and felt John Malkovich stole the show.

    So those of you without sufficient funds, go swipe your friends piggy banks and see it already.
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    I went to see it tonight not having actually read the comic, and found it highly enjoyable as an action/comedy. Having read about the differences in tone, I'm sure I'll like the original, but for different reasons.

    I also found it entertaining to recognize Toronto masquerading as Chicago, right down to the abandoned power plant at the end, which is notoriously beautiful and dangerous at the same time.
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2010
    Went and saw it tonight. For John Malkovich chasing the Vice-fucking-President down the street with a suicide bomb (in addition to every other scene he was in)? I call it massive win.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2010
    Out in the UK on Friday 22nd, will be taking my Dad to go see it :D
  7.  (9044.118)
    And short stories are made into films all the time. You've probably watched some and not even known it.

    Short Stories made into Films

    Ones I was surprised about:
    Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx - Brokeback Mountain, 2005
    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad - Apocalypse Now, 1979
    "Farewell to the Master", Harry Bates - The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951, 2008
    "Memento Mori", Jonathan Nolan - Memento, 2000
    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King - The Shawshank Redemption, 1994
    "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long", Brian Aldiss - A.I. Artificial Intelligence, 2001
    We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Philip K. Dick - Total Recall, 1990

    They don't list Johnny Mnemonic :(
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2010
    Saw it yesterday with the lady and some friends. I cheered and fistpumed when Warren's name showed up on screen.
    Movie itself was quite enjoyable, obviously not some life altering mind bending piece of cinematic gold, but it doesn't have to be. It was an entirely solid flick the theatre was well populated (about 120 people out of 150 seats) and people left amused and satisfied. Definitely a keep, and I'm certainly glad it didn't bomb!

    Can't wait to own this one and watch it a few more times.

    Also, I love Helen Mirren!
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2010
    @ Warrenellis- The RED movie was worth the five month wait, easy. That was one of the best times I had watching a movie, the only other movie theatre experience that comes close was Robert Rodriguez's and Quentin Tarantino's GrindHouse.

    So, yes, I loved this movie, and Dame Helen Mirren was fabulous glamorous! I will be buying the DVD, good job by all involved!