October 15, 2010, - 5:51 pm
The new releases I reviewed, this week, are pretty decent:
* “RED“: This was cute, funny, silly, and has lots of action, guns, shooting, and car chases. Plus it has Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren. The plot was convoluted and the movie degraded into the absurd toward the end. But it was fun, and a nice escape, even though it’s not a great movie.
RED stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous. And, as indicated by that, it’s about former CIA agents/hitmen who get back together to fight off government-assassins. Bruce Willis is a lonely, bored retired CIA agent who rips up his Social Security checks as an excuse to talk to the customer service rep in Kansas City who replaces them for him. After he wakes up in the middle of the night to a CIA hit squad trying to kill him, Willis goes to Kansas City, kidnaps the phone rep, and gets back with his old CIA friends and frenemies to find out who is after them and why. In some weird, convoluted plot point, the men behind the hit team are the Vice President and a corrupt businessman played by the far-left, anti-Israel, self-hater Richard Dreyfuss.
Like I said, it’s fun and enjoyable for the most part, but does get far too silly.
Watch the trailer . . .
* “Heartbreaker [L'arnacoeur]“: I absolutely LOVED this movie, and I’m puzzled why it wasn’t screened for critics. A French movie with English subtitles, it’s shown mostly in arthouse movie theaters, but don’t let that fool you. This is a funny, clever, escapist Guys’ chick flick. A lot of fun.
Romain Duris is “The Heartbreaker,” a man whose profession is breaking up relationships. He works with his goofy sister and brother-in-law to split women from their men. Duris romances them. And his two relatives engage in all sorts of impersonations, hijinks and high-tech surveillance. And he has a perfect track record.
But Duris owes a mobster a lot of money, and if he doesn’t pay up, the mobster’s Serbian hitman will kill him. So, Duris takes on a new mission: splitting up the daughter of a wealthy mogul ten days before her wedding to the perfect guy, with whom she’s madly in love. The woman is played by Vanessa Paradis, the real-life baby mama of Johnny Depp’s kids. (That’s probably the only drawback to the movie). In order to woo her, Duris and his team research her likes, dislikes, and life history. And Duris must learn the words to her favorite Wham/George Michael songs and the moves from dancer numbers in her favorite movie, “Dirty Dancing.”
Yes, the end is predictable and a little sappy, but the rest of the movie more than compensates for it. One of the best comedy/action/romance movies I’ve seen in a long time. If you can’t see this in the theater, definitely rent it. (But it’s an adult movie and definitely not for kids.)
Watch the trailer . . .
Tags: Bruce Willis, Dirty Dancing, French, George Michael, Heartbreaker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, L'arnacoeur, Morgan Freeman, movie, Movie Reviews, RED, Richard Dreyfuss, Romain Duris, The Heartbreaker, Vanessa Paradis, Wham!