Genre Guesstimation – RED (2010)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.”

“Frank, how many times have I told you? You cannot trust the system! I told you when you’re in the system, they switch the flip and you’re done. Man, satellites, cell phones, chips, net, the web, the dentist” – Marvin

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Oct 2010 and 2 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of retired assassins are targeted by the government in order to cover up a classified mission from decades earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film I recall seeing not long after it came out and enjoyed what they had to offer.

This is a really fun action thriller that is able to keep things suspenseful and thrilling the whole way through.

The cast is spectacular which shows the need for an ensemble cast to play these roles so well.

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise-Parker and Brian Cox are all cast really well here and allow things to flow so well from start to finish.

There really isn’t a true lead character here since they all need to work as a cohesive team throughout.

The biggest problem with this movie is the fact that it gets a bit too zany at certain points which takes away somewhat from the premise even if it might be reminiscent of Hudson Hawk (1991)

Bottom Line – Really fun action thriller that works on numerous levels. The cast is superb and the fat that they could get Willis, Freeman Malkovich, Mirren, Parker and Cox all together says so much about the film since it isn’t easy to recruit these kid of actors to work together unless their really isn’t a lead among them so they can share billing in the true case of being an ensemble act. The story gets a bit too zany along the way which works with this cast even if it eventually falls a bit short

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Karl Urban nicked Bruce Willis with the cup he throws at him in their fight scene, because he threw it faster than Willis expected. You can see the slight look of surprise on Willis’ face in the scene. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, but the film is a bit too zany for its own good.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – RED (2010)

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