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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2010
    Just got back from the film:
    Good action film, had a few laugh out loud moments (either from sheer dis-belief of an action sequence, or good one liners) and a plot that moved along at a good clip. I kind of wish they had given the Sarah/Parker's character more of a connection with the CIA, as Moses' handler; it would have made her going along with it all more exciting and a tad more solid in the plot.

    Mirren, Freeman and Malkovich seemed to be having a good time, especially Mirren. Every scene she was in made me happy beyond belief.

    I do admit I had a "well Hell, there goes the black character" moment when Freeman took the bullet; still undecided about that. Again, I always wish that Hollywood would work to break that habit, intentional or not.

    Good popcorn movie, but I still imagine that an actual unfiltered Ellis script on screen would burn my eyeballs out like at the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.
    Congrats on the movie's success, Warren and Cully. Well deserved.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2010
    saw it, loved it.
    wish Freeman could have stuck around longer.
    totally pictured Uncle Warren taking Brian Cox's place in the scene involving the pen, haha.
    All in all, nicely done.
  1.  (9044.123)
    I saw it with my girlfriend yesterday and we had a blast. The theater had a good-sized crowd and cheered and laughed at all the right moments and we left happy. It wasn't the comic but I am fine with that! I wanted a popcorn movie of improbably proportions and I got it. And such a cute couple!

    I also had two thoughts to pass on to Hollywood:

    1) Karl Urban needs to be cast as the lead of something.
    2) Helen Mirren needs heavy weaponry. It would be nice if it was for a movie, but I'm not picky.
  2.  (9044.124)
    I just Fandango'd my tickets and am about to head out with a friend to go see Red here in Houston.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2010

    Didnt get to go Monday.

    Hoping for next Monday.

    My life kind of sucks right now.

    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2010
    Saw it last night and, ironically, the only place open to eat afterwards was an IHOP, so, yes, I did get pancakes.

    Well done flick over-all, thoroughly enjoyable action movie that didn't drag or, IMO, try to be anything but an action movie. I found the "The party has now moved to X city!" screen shots to be a little jarring (cinematic version of "telling, not showing"?) and, as usual, a little insulting; the audience, IMO, is generally smart enough that if a character drops the name of the city they are in during dialog then they'll get it. I think I agree with Paul Sizer's criticism about the black guy always getting it.

    Other than that though, good job!
  3.  (9044.127)
    Chris Blakeley: "Karl Urban needs to be cast as the lead of something"

    He was the main guy in the god-awful Pathfinder. And he's Dredd...
  4.  (9044.128)
    Yes. JUDGE DREDD. Which I'm told just started shooting.
  5.  (9044.129)
    Took a friend who is barely aware of Mr. Ellis (and I keep trying to expose the man to his work, albeit in short bursts, so as not to melt his brain), and we both enjoyed the film on different levels. Whomever said it was an excellent popcorn movie had it right.

    I did enjoy people graphically exploding by grenade, but then noticed the body count dropped dramatically until the finale. I was expecting more of a bloodbath.

    Casting wise, I think it was spot on. The female CIA supervisor (who played a similar blue-blood bitch frrom The Unit) was easily the most hated character in the movie, and man, is she great at being that.
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2010 edited
    @Government Spy
    That would be Rebecca Pidgeon...who also happens to be David Mamet's wife.
    To wit: Red as written by David Mamet
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    Went to see with my brother, who was up to The Smoke for a few days. Spent the entire running time of the film smiling, or laughing out loud (or wincing when bad things happened). Just so well made. And the cheeky 'caper-style' soundtrack was ace too. Plus, you know, Helen Mirren expending entire clips with an MP5K... (cough).
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2010
    I love "well-to-do older women dressed in high fashion" unloading heavy weaponry at people; it gives me a certain satisfaction like nothing else. ^_^
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2010
    Saw it yesterday. It was a lot of fun. Worth the fucking expensive price the theater charged.
    • CommentAuthorTAL
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2010
    It finally came to Finland yesterday. A friend went to see it without telling me and he thought it was good. I'm going next week when I get some money.