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Film Log: Red

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The publicity shots for this film feature Helen Mirren holding an Absurdly Big Gun, and that is essentially all you need to know about it. It’s basically a vehicle for Mirren, Willis, Malkovitch and Freeman to have fun, supported very ably by Mary-Louise Parker. The result is a very enjoyable couple of hours in which a lot of perfectly predictable things happen in an artless and engaging way. The plot has no problems but has nothing in it to keep you on the edge of your seat or even guessing about what will happen next, and pretty much every other aspect of the film is similarly competent but unremarkable. If you like the leads, you will enjoy this film only marginally less than sitting in the pub with them for an hour, and if you don’t then it is likely to strike you as a bit of a waste of time.

Filed under: Film + TV

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The Golden Bough
The Value of Nothing
The Fire
A Wolf at the Table
Devil Bones

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