|This ain't no Shakespeare. Helen Mirren and John Malkovich kicking ass in Red.|
|Malkovich and Morgan Freeman, enjoying a much more interesting wardrobe than star Bruce Willis.|
Lest we feel conflicted about any developing affection for these former CIA (or MI5, in the case of Mirren's Victoria) operatives - hired killers, after all - the villains in Red are even more disagreeable. There's a rogue defense contractor (an appropriately reptilian Richard Dreyfuss) and an evil vice president, trying to cover up a dirty past. Sound like anyone we know? No, the answer is not Joe Biden.
It's the careerist V.P., trying to cover up a less-than-kosher Guatemalan mission from years past that starts the plot to kill Frank Moses and others who were there. Ultimately, Frank's seasoned crew decide that they have to take out the vice president. So, we get the image of Ms. Mirren, in a white ball gown, firing a machine gun at the limo containing unctuous ne're-do-well. It's fun. It's sort of Kick Ass for adults. It also begs the question: Helen, where were you when we needed you?