First ‘RED’ Trailer: Not Exactly What You Might Expect

Anyone who has read the comic “RED” by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner may have a certain set of expectations for a film adaptation. Predictably, they’d think it to be dark, violent and more of a lone wolf on a mission story. For better or worse, that’s not the case for the Bruce Willis led film. Based on this trailer, it’s clearly a comedy.

RED tells the story of Frank Moses, a former CIA assassin who has been doing nothing in an attempt to fit into the very real, very boring world that lurked beyond his days at the Agency. That is until his painfully peaceful retirement is interrupted by an Agency hit squad. With a target on his back and everyone he ever cared about in danger, Frank must take to the road and fight back against the Company that made him what he is.

Readers of this site will note that I made a big deal out of the differences between “RED” the comic and RED the movie following a visit to the set. In my piece titled How the RED Movie Will Be Different From Warren Ellis’ Book, I mentioned that the tone of the story is much lighter. How much lighter has been a mystery until now. This trailer looks pretty light. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. It looks like loads of fun.

And with the exception of hating that tag line (seriously, Retired Extremely Dangerous is lame), I can’t see anything about this movie that doesn’t scream fun. Helen Mirren firing a 50-caliber machine gun. John Malkovich in the crazysphere. Bruce Willis shooting at people. And Karl Urban doing a little ass-beating. What more could you possibly want?

Perhaps you’ll want to watch the trailer again. Which you can do via the embed below. RED is due in theaters October 15, 2010. It also stars Mary-Louise Parker — and anything that also stars Mary-Louise Parker gets points in my book.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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