If the promise of Dame Helen Mirren wielding an automatic weapon is enough to lure you into the theater—hey, works for me!—then RED is probably right up your alley.
It’s an old-guys kicking ass confection (RED stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous) that has a hipster sensibility and a wily sense of humor.
Frank (Bruce Willis) is a retired CIA operative, just minding his own business, when a gang of assassins comes into his home and tries to take him out. Of course, they’re no match for Frank, who was an elite black-ops guy in his day. Figuring that the retirement benefits officer (Mary Louise Parker) he was flirting with over the phone might be a target, he kidnaps her and reassembles his old team, played by John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and, yes, the grand Dame herself.
Everyone has a schtick: Parker’s adorable Sarah is terrified at first, but ultimately kind of game—hey, it beats her desk job, and besides, all this cloak and dagger stuff reminds her of her favorite romance novels. Freeman’s Joe was happy enough in a retirement home (lots of hot young nurses to flirt with) until Frank came along; Mirren’s Victoria is living in Martha Stewart-like domesticity (with the occasional hit job on the side), but itching to get back in the game; and Malkovich’s Marvin is bat-fig crazy, having been fed LSD for the majority of his spy career. More great veteran actors, from Richard Dreyfuss to Brian Cox to Ernest Borgnine show up in supporting roles, all adding to the considerable fun.