New ‘Red’ International Trailer, Poster & Image

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 26th, 2010 at 8:42 am,

redposter New Red International Trailer, Poster & Image

In a sea of disappointing box office performances by comics book movies — from Kick-Ass to The Losers to Scott Pilgrim VS. The WorldRed is shaping up to be the potential surprise action-comedy hit of the year.

Based loosely on a DC Vertico comic book by the venerable Warren Ellis, Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous) sees a slew of retired CIA agents (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich) in their twilight years, fighting to survive assassination from their own government. It’s a tale of aged versus young, old versus new, retired versus currently employed, and it’s directed by that guy who made The Time Traveler’s Wife (Yes!!).

After a hilariously fun Red trailer was released stateside back in June, the film’s stock shot way up on the Internet. The general sentiment was, “Thank heavens Bruce Willis is back making action films, where he belongs.” in addition to, “Holy crap, Helen Mirren is an attractive ass-kicking older woman.”

Yesterday, the international trailer was released to similar fanfare. Check it out:

Everybody seems to really be on their game here — the aforementioned cast plus Carl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, Ernest Borgnine (still alive, somehow), Richard Dreyfus (who’s having a banner year, what with this and Pirahna 3D), and Brian Cox, amongst others.

That said, the one thing that bothers me in the trailer is the shot of Bruce Willis casually stepping out of the spinning police car, Chinese fire drill-style, to shoot at the assassins in hot pursuit. The effects are way off because my eyes aren’t buying it. Fortunately, director Robert Schwentke has until October 15, when the movie’s released, to fix it.

Speaking of Brian Cox, Warren Ellis posted an image from Red featuring the original Hannibal Lecter, yet to be seen in either of the trailers, as an aging member of the Russian Mafia.

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Additionally, Ellis wrote the following to accompany the picture:

Brian Cox. I got to see footage from his first scene with Mr Willis in Toronto. They just locked a camera off on him and he did about five minutes of dialogue in a single take. This still seems to sum it up nicely.

Of course, as with much of the film, his character didn’t exist in the book. But Ivan Simanov does tie into the book’s themes: retired and distrusted by those who came after, and very much both the threat and the wreckage of the 20th Century.

Anyway, I’m posting this because they haven’t really released any of Mr Cox’s work on the film yet. And also, you know, vodka + knife + possible Russian Mafiya smoking jacket = good times tonight.

Hey, if Warren Ellis is saying good things about the movie, I’ll be seeing it in theaters opening night. The man, much like Abraham Lincoln, cannot lie.

Poster via HeyUGuys

Image via Warren Ellis

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  1. I am SO gonna see this! :)

  2. As Mary Louis Parker said, ” AWESOME ” ye…..

  3. Helen Mirren!!! With Guns!!!! You have no idea how happy that makes me!
    Even though this is part the whizz-bang-boom-wow stuff of Hollywood (that I hate…), I will set aside any prejudices against those films and totally see this! I love the cast in it too.

  4. This movie looks awesome. Helen Mirren rocks.

  5. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this…but as a member of the “I used to kick ass” society…Yes Vic, we are brothers…lol) I CAN’T EFFING WAIT TO SEE THIS FILM!

  6. “Ernest Borgnine (still alive, somehow)” – I thought he was dead too! Just goes to show what the Simpsons can do huh? Does look an awesome film, I’ll go and see it just for the cast list!!

    • The Boyscouts in the Hood episode! Easily in my top five favorite Simpsons episodes. Ernest Borgnine is one of those strange but awesome actors that seems like he’s been ancient since the nineteen-seventies.

      • Yet…he looks younger and certainly fitter than he did even in Black Hole!?! (pact with Belzibubbles perhaps? lol)

  7. I saw a work print of this (unfinished special effects, etc.) a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it a lot. Of course, I’m biased – being around the same age as Willis, I love seeing movies where older folks are the badasses. 8)


    • couldnt agree more vic! damn how is it the ernest borgnine is alive lol i thought he died years ago

  8. This looks like a great action packed film.

  9. Wow this looks awesome. I haven’t see na wicked cool car stunt like what Willis did in this trailer (Where he walked out while the car kept turning) since Angelina Jolie scooped up whats his name in WANTED; wicked Awesome!

  10. looks like we may get a pleasant suprise from a relatively obscure comic book that may restore some lustre to the lesser known properties being developed.

  11. that is not the international trailer,that trailer has been up for a very long time,its the second theatre trailer i think

  12. lookx nuts… an awesome way!

  13. I can’t wait to see this movie…. who wouldn’t want to spend a little girl time with Helen Mirren????

  14. After seeing this it made me laugh in a good way. After seeing the Resident Evil 4 clips I laughed in a bad way. RED is way better. And I love this cast!