Saw Red (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) over the weekend, I thought it was a pretty good action comedy. It was probably more action than comedy, though, not that that's a bad thing. It's got some good explosions, some good gunfights, and some good fisticuffs. The cast is obviously a highlight of the film, and they all did a nice job. I especially liked the Mary Louise Parker character and the dynamic she created dealing with the CIA folk. Also thought the non-comedic villain played by Karl Urban was a good addition as well. But, yeah, Malkovich kind of stole the show here as the nutjob. All in all, the cast did a good job making the movie fun when the plot was weak. Overall, Red didn't really accomplish anything new, but it was exciting action that never really got boring, it's definitely worth checking out at some point. It's much better than The Expendables in my opinion (2010's other "old guys kickin butt" movie).
I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! I don't think I've bought a movie since The Return of The King, but I'm definitely buying this one.
The thing about the action for me is that it was hilarious. There were easily more bullets fired in this relatively short movie than anything I've ever seen - many, many more bullets, and frequently for kinda trivial reasons.
I also loved no more than a drop or two of blood and strictly to comic effect, no torture, only gently bad language, no misogyny, and a general good mood. It was really refreshing.
I also think it's by far the best movie that came from a graphic novel. Think of something like Wanted as a live action novel with a similar pedigree, and STUNK.
("300," "Watchmen," and "V is for Stupid Mask" are different because of the element of fantasy in them...and there only 300 was very good.)
One of my favorite aspects of the graphic novel-ness of it was the love of the frame. Lots of wonderful tableaux, held for a nice long time with verrrrry slow motion to allow time to appreciate just how pretty the composition is.