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Red / Iron Man 2 | DVD Reviews – SA Magazine
Red (2010) 4/5 Stars
“The film manages to walk the fence between comedy and action with all the poise and balance of a circus tightrope performer.”
Red DVD Review – Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Karl Urban, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss. After trading in his professional past as a CIA operative for a new identity, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is forced to return when an assassin puts a hit on him and goes after the woman (Mary-Louise Parker) he loves.
This movie was everything it was expected to be, and that’s a good thing. Someone (Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner) decided that R.E.D. (Retired – Extremely Dangerous) would make for an amusing premise, and they were correct. The film, directed by Robert Schwentke (Flight Plan) manages to walk the fence between comedy and action with all the poise and balance of a circus tightrope performer, and the humor stays tongue-in-cheek and slightly dark without ever resorting to campiness or sheer ridiculousness.
I suppose my only problem with the movie is the fact that Bruce Willis is already considered ‘old’. I’ve been around long enough to remember John Travolta from the seventies on Welcome Back Kotter, and he’s still getting roles like From Paris With Love suited for someone in their forties. Bruce Willis actually emerged in the early eighties on Moonlighting and we’re already referring to him as ‘Grandpa’? It’s a minor complaint which, I suppose has to do more with the situation of things being what they are, rather than any particular gripe or complaint about the movie itself however.
All in all, I wouldn’t say that you need to clear your Day-Runner to watch this movie right now, but it’s certainly worth a top ten spot in your queue.
DVD Features: Region 1 Note: Deleted and extended scenes Access: Red – cast insights CIA exposed Audio commentary with retired CIA field officer Robert Baer Special Edition Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo – English, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 – English, Spanish Subtitles – English, Spanish. – CD Universe
Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Deleted and Extended Scenes Access Red: Immersive 6-part interactive feature including pop up trivia, videos, interviews and more! Audio commentary w/ retired CIA field agent Robert Baer Widescreen – 2.39 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo – English Dolby Digital 5.1 – English Subtitles – Spanish. – CD Universe
Iron Man 2 (2010) 4/5 Stars
“Don’t expect a Mensa-Movie, but it’s surely worth a top ten spot in your queue.”
Iron Man 2 DVD Review – Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson. You’ll find that you’re never really exactly sure of what the plot actually is, but, as is tantamount to any American made, superhero film… I guess details really aren’t all that important anyway.
You already know the superhero has a dilemma, there are baddies after him, and there’s gonna be some good old fashioned fighting and special effects. And that’s what you get. Three stars for that.
As for the meat of the movie, it was “okay” and nowhere near as good as the first. What was “great” however, was the acting. We, as movie and TV watchers are ‘programmed’ to simply accept ‘acting’. You watch a soap opera, you can tell they are acting. You watch a TV drama, you can still tell they are acting, but not as much. And the skill levels typically increase as the medium increases. What makes a great actor… is when you cannot tell they are acting, and this movie was full of great actors. Mickey, Gwynneth and Robert Jr. were borderline amazing for what was basically a simple film, and they truly took it to that fourth star. Additionally, there were some pretty decent special effects, and Scarlet J’s fight scenes made Jet Li look like third grade drivel. Don’t expect a Mensa-Movie, but it’s surely worth a top ten spot in your queue. And hey, Black Widow is worth at least 30 minutes of your day alone.
DVD Features: Region 1 Note: Commentary by director Jon Favreau Widescreen Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 – English, French, Spanish Subtitles – English, French, Spanish. – CD Universe
Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Disc 1: Blu-ray Feature Film + Special Features S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault: An in-depth look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe HD Commentary by Director Jon Favreau Disc 2: Blu-ray Special Features Ultimate Iron Man: 4-Part “Making-Of” Documentary HD 6 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes including Creating Stark Expo and the Origins of Black Widow and War Machine HD 8 Deleted Scenes HD Disc 3: DVD Feature Film + Digital Copy Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 – English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio – English, French, Spanish Subtitles – English, French, Spanish. – CD Universe