Bruce Willis Comic Book Movie Tears Up Streaming Ratings
By Doug Norrie | 13 seconds ago
With the recent announcement that Bruce Willis is retiring from acting, some of his older films are starting to gain traction on various streaming services. That makes sense considering the actor has a massive resume over his many years in Hollywood and released some of the most enjoyable and entertaining action movies we’ve ever seen. One of them, a movie that came later in his career, is currently crushing him on HBO Max. Red, which also includes a number of other notables sits at #6 on the streamer. And this one is definitely worth checking out. Willis entered the twilight of his acting career.
RED plays on some familiar action movie themes, though in this case, places them in a slightly different light and context. In the film, Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA agent trying to live out his twilight years in real peace and quiet. But as we know in the world of Hollywood movies, no one just retires from their ex-agency life. There’s always someone out there who wants you dead, and at some point you’ll have to fall back on your special skills. And that’s exactly what happens to Bruce Willis in this one. Check out the trailer for Red with Bruce Willis and many more.
You see, Red stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous and it’s used to describe agents who might be out of action but shouldn’t be bothered. But some killers come calling Bruce Willis and the woman he has a crush on. And that means he has to go back and find some of his old crew and find out who wants them all dead. It becomes your standard action movie, but the twist is that some of these people are a little closer to the nursing home than we usually see.
Red is based on the comic book series of the same name. Director Robert Schwentke adapted the film after making Flight plan and The time traveler’s wife. It was the first time, and really the only one, that he had worked with Bruce Willis. The director would go on to direct other adaptations like RIPD, the first two films of The divergent seriesand then Snake-eyes. This movie was a solid mix of action and comedy, backed up by performances from some of Hollywood’s best.
It’s because with Bruce Willis, we get something of a who’s who of iconic actors and actresses. There’s Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren who are among those other retired killers, reluctantly brought back to life when Bruce Willis comes calling. It doesn’t take them long to get back into the swing of things. Plus, there’s Karl Urban as a corrupt agent who’s on a mission to take down this group. Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox and Ernest Borgnine are also in the game.
Red did surprisingly well at the box office, earning $199 million on its $60 million budget. The set pieces, as well as the signing of some of the stars, required more operating money up front. But it clearly paid off. And the critics were also kind to Red getting 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. They tended to love the goofiness and humor that came with watching Bruce Willis and company navigate the twilight years of a government-trained assassin. Heck, in some ways, movies like this are what got Bob Odenkirk to make Nobody Last year. Red was also able to get a sequel, but it fell short of the original.
As for Bruce Willis, he and his team just announced his retirement last month due to the iconic actor’s recent struggles with cognitive health issues. Rumor has it that Willis has suffered from issues in recent years when it comes to memorizing lines and needing help on set. It was announced that he suffered from aphasia and would no longer be putting on screen work. But you can still find it in some of his classics and Red is a great tribute to parts of his career.