If you are not careful, you will miss the key element in “RED” that makes it special. All the leading characters are senior citizens and that seems to be the running joke of the film, but what elevates this movie is the growth of two of the younger characters in the scenario. While we are laughing at the wild antics of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich , Helen Mirren, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and the much unrated Brian Cox, there is a sub-plot about Mary-Louise Parker becoming more than a mindless party girl and Karl Urban becoming an assassin with a sense of right and wrong. The audience loved this movie, they laughed in all the places they were suppose to laugh and that is always a good sign you bought the right ticket. I give a great deal of credit to director Robert Schwentke, who also made the very difficult film, “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I think and hope, we will see the return of this group, they were too good not to be given an encore.
Brian Cox was the original HANNIBAL LECTER, in the first movie made with the character, the
little seen, 'Manhunter."
THE NAME WAS A POOR CHOICE, PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT WILD ANIMALS OR SCIENCE FICTION. ANYWAY, COX WAS A BETTER DOCTOR LECTER THAN THE GREAT ANTHONY HOPKINS.
HOPKINS PLAYED LECTER AS A MAN WHO SHOULD SCARE YOU.
BRIAN COX PLAYED LECTER AS A MAN WHO THOUGH HIS MADNESS WAS GOOD SOUND LOGIC -- BECAUSE OF THIS MINDSET, YOU ARE MORE AFRAID OF COX, IT IS LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING'S COMMENT -
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
COX WAS ALSO THE ROGUE PSYCHIATRIST WHO CREATED THE KILLER MENTALITY IN THE JASON BOURNE CHARACTER. YOU HAVE SEEN COX IN MANY
MOVIES, BUT HE IS NOT AN ACTOR KNOWN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BY NAME.
IN RED, HE IS THE RUSSIAN SPY.