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RED (2011)

A group of former government assassins fights back against the CIA after they’re targeted for knowing too much in this adaptation of Warren Ellis’ acclaimed DC Comics graphic novels. Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) used to be a hired gun for the CIA. Along with Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich), and Victoria (Helen Mirren), Frank’s specialty was carrying out contracts that the government didn’t want the public to know about. These days, Frank and his old gang are all retired, but the powers that be are still concerned that they know too much, and dispatch a team of top assassins to ensure their silence. Now, Frank and his former team members realize that their only hope for survival is to break into CIA headquarters and expose the truth. But once they’re in, the group uncovers evidence of a massive cover-up that promises to rock the very foundation of our government. Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ernest Borgnine co-star. Now if you are an action junkie like me you will like this one. While filming in Toronto, the police received several phone calls reporting machine gun fire after local residents mistook the movie’s gunshot effects for the real thing. The business jet shown in the movie is Dassault Falcon 900EX. Registration number N900EX is used by Dassault as a corporate number and it is canceled after the aircraft is sold to a client. When entering Frank’s weapon container, Marvin picks up a submachine gun and comments that it’s a “Swedish K”. The weapon is a Kpist m/45, used by the Swedish military up until 2007. It was also made under license by Smith & Wesson with the designation “mod. 76”. It was used by US Special Forces due to its durability under harsh conditions and it’s therefore not unlikely that Marvin has used it as a service weapon. Brian Cox and Helen Mirren play a Russian and British spy, respectively. In real life, their ancestry is reversed: Brian Cox is British and Mirren, though born in England, has Russian ancestry. Shipped to theaters under the code name “Cooper”. In the scene where Victoria is removing the bullet from Frank’s arm, you can see a bottle of Sobieski’s Vodka from Poland, which is promoted by Bruce Willis. The black limousine driven by Ivan Simanov (Brian Cox) is a Soviet-era GAZ-M14 “Chaika”. Morgan Freeman’s faux-African dictator character is driven in a Mercedes 600 Pullman limousine, a favorite of world leaders including many developing-world/Communist-regime dictators such as Nicolae Ceausescu, Josip Broz-Tito, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Enver Hoxha, Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Il-Sung, Jong-il Kim, Idi Amin, and Ferdinand Marcos. In Bulgaria the film is distributed under the title BSP (Besni Strashni Pensii – which means Furious Frightful Pensioners). But BSP is also a mock title referring to the abbreviation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). Its political color is red and its voters are mainly elder and retired people – just like the REDs. Frank Moses’ birth date in the dossier is revealed as 19 March 1955, which is Bruce Willis’ real birth date. RED is an acronym for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous”. The first feature theatrical film based on a DC comics property not made by Warner Bros.. (Batman (from Fox) was a spin-off from a TV series, and Superman (from Columbia) was a serial.)

 

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