Nick Schager Reviews Red

In dire need of the type of whipcrack verve Edgar Wright brought to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Red instead exhibits all the get-up-and-go of a grandpa on the verge of an afternoon nap. Robert Schwentke’s film, about a group of “retired and extremely dangerous” (i.e., RED) CIA agents unexpectedly called back into duty after they’re almost assassinated, is predicated on the contrast of older men and women partaking in a macho action-cinema game. Yet, by not properly establishing its stars’ supposedly creaky infirmity at the outset, and then by not making their subsequent guns-a-blazin’ shenanigans truly outrageous, this tepid tagline of a movie gets absolutely nothing right about its own premise.

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