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    @Ken Miller
    Add Unbreakable to that list...wait google says otherwise. Still a very comic book adaptation feel.

    RE: Red
    Enjoyed Red thoroughly and have suggested it to many others.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2010
    Good solid daft violent fun. Some of the biggest laughs are in the trailer but still got laughs, and there were more besides.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2010
    @Kelind - I was under the impression that Victoria shot him and that it was the "distraction" pulled off as planned. The agents all held their fire, as instructed.
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    That's an awfully fucking dark reading of that moment. And I don't think the angle's match up right, Joe got hit on the side facing the CIA and FBI, not Victoria's side.

    Also: Only a 31% week two drop. I liked it, but it felt like the kind of movie that'd take a 60% hit in week two and then be off the Top 10 by week three. Colour me pleasantly surprised.
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2010
    Saw it today with a couple of friends. Three thumbs up.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2010
    @DavidLejeune - I can't think of a version of that moment that wouldn't be dark. Everyone clearly knew he was sacrificing his life to be a distraction. Honestly, I feel like it's less dark if it's Victoria than if it's some random agent that doesn't give half a shit about him.
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    Frank shot Joe from inside the house.
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    @Jeff Owens: I read it as they knew there were two possible outcomes for whoever goes out the front: A. CIA and FBI agents rush in to take him down and arrest him, resulting in life imprisonment and possibly tried for treason, or B. Corrupt CIA agents under orders from the Vice President shoot him on sight, with A being the more likely outcome since it's unlikely that the BOTH the CIA and FBI would be working for the VP. Joe being shot is actually LESS of a distraction, because that frees up everybody to rush the house (as happened), whereas if he's alive they have to rush in, take him down, and determine that he's not Frank before rushing the house.
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    So I saw it this weekend - opening weekend in the UK - and laughed my way through.

    Well played, all involved.

    My favourite moment?
    The moment a grenade [admittedly aimed with a grenade launcher] causes a man's body to explode extremely graphically - in true Warren 'Hyperviolence' Ellis fashion.
    • CommentAuthorDome
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2010
    Wonderful film, congrats to you!
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    Finally got to see it yesterday, in a matinee showing, and quite enjoyed it. Surprisingly full house for a 1:10 pm showing on a Sunday, and quite amusing to see the vast majority of the audience were in their 50s and 60s. (My wife and I were clearly the only ones in our thirties in the showing.)

    And the older folks were laughing up a storm. Definitely tapped into retiree desire to pummel whippersnappers.

      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2010 edited
    Good fun. Mary-Louise Parker was charming and funny, the heavyweights were exactly as awesome as you'd think and even Rebecca Pidgeon didn't suck the air out of the room like she normally does. Some lovely visuals too - Willis stepping casually out of the spinning cop car was beautiful.

    But fuck me the score was atrocious.

    Had a bunch of OAPs in the audience with me, and they seemed to enjoy it. Maybe they read The Guardian piece?
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2010 edited
    I saw RED on Saturday. The audience liked it (I include myself), though the laughter seemed a little forced at a few spots. The audience was skewed older than the general population at the multiplex. Lots of middle-aged folks, and a handful of parents with kids. Some whippersnappers who sniggered at the "grandpa" lines, but seemed genuinely taken up by the movie.

    Who shot Joe? Sarah and Victoria's reactions made it clear to me that Victoria was the shooter. Also, in hindsight, there was no other reason for Victoria to be on the hill with a sniper's rifle.
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    We went with a large group on Saturday night, and we were all surprised by how much we enjoyed it. It's very funny, the cast is excellent, and the action sequences were fantastic. One of my favorite movies of the year, easily.
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2010
    Finally saw RED today. It was a very entertaining movie, plenty of action and droll humor, and the cast seemed to be enjoying themselves. I particularly enjoyed the scenes featuring Helen Mirren and Brian Cox together. Great chemistry.
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    I love that Peter Bradshaw (Film Critic of The Guardian newspaper) uses the term "fightback" in his review. It tickles me.
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2010
    Saw it, loved it.
    • CommentAuthorcara
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2010
    I watched Red yesterday with a friend and I was laughing so hard the ENTIRE time. So good haha.
    Also, I would have Bruce Willis' babies so I certainly didn't mind looking at him for 2 hours.
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2010 edited
    A not unkind and mostly favorable review from the always acerbic Anthony Lane in the Nov. 1st New Yorker.
    (You have to be a subscriber to look at the complete text.)

    The good news is that, while "The Expendables" was the kind of product that should be shown to health inspectors rather than critics, much of "Red" is jovial and juvenating...Malkovich in particular radiates a genuine aroma of fruitcake, grinning and frowning like a backwoods Nosferatu.
    • CommentAuthoradrian r
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2010
    In three words: oodles of fun. For a more in-depth critique, go here.

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