Original Release Date: October 15, 2010
Box Office Earnings: Red kick-started the usual sluggish month of October with an almost $200 million gross off of a $58 million dollar budget. There was clearly an audience that wanted to see our favorite older stars like Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich kick butt.
Critical Acclaim: The film was an okay critical success with 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a consensus saying “it may not be the killer thrill ride you’d expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.” But it was enough to garner the film a nomination for Best Comedy at the Golden Globes for that year.
About the Role: Bruce Willis stars as Frank Moses, a retired black-ops CIA agent who is suddenly pulled back into the fold when he finds himself targeted for unknown reasons. He gathers his fellow retired and extremely dangerous (RED, get it!?) friends to try to figure out what is going on.
Simply the Best: Bruce Willis has always been a great action star, but Red was the first movie in a while to play up the fact that he’s not as young as he once was. But you know what? An older Bruce Willis is still not someone you want to underestimate. The whole movie has a sense of giddy fun to it and these older actors are obviously having the time of their lives with their parts.