The upcoming Summit Entertainment release Red exploded onto Hall H of Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday debuting a spectacular trailer. Several members of the all-star cast, including Bruce Willis, Hellen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban. Also attending were the comic's creators Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, along with producer Lorenzo DiBoneventura.
Red (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) tells the story of several retired CIA agents who find themselves framed, and become targeted for extermination due to the sensitive secrets they possess. This action-comedy also stars Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Malkovich, Brian Cox, and Julian McMahon (who were not in attendance).
Action abounds as Frank (Willis), Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich), and Victoria (Mirren) attempt to clear their name, and are pursued cross-country as they attempt to reach and penetrate a top-secret CIA headquarters, to expose a monumental government conspiracy the Agency is desperately trying to protect.
The trailer reveals over the top action peppered with comedic elements, carried by the great banter between the main characters. John Malkovich delivers another of his patented ‘extremely eccentric yet oddly dangerous’ performances, which Willis enjoyed playing against. The cast members present all expressed praise for Malkovich’s performance, but wryly suggested that he may be as … interesting in real life as the characters he portrays.
Willis took the stage amidst deafening applause, followed by Mirren wearing a white long-sleeve t-shirt with a design in homage to the late Harvey Pekar. Once the Q & A began, she shared that she’s long been a fan, and that through his work, she is most familiar with the comic book medium. She feels that comic books and graphic novels are a wonderful expression, and often contain richer and more colorful characters than she often finds in scripts or novels.
Willis shared that he feels that the movie is actually a romantic action-comedy, as it contains all of these elements and more.
Many of the action scenes were performed by the actors themselves, and both he and Karl Urban indicated a few times that the office fight sequence (which we saw briefly in the trailer) was indeed real. Sharing a laugh, they both said that they enjoyed kicking the crap out of each other, and have battle scars to show for it. They both received mixed martial arts training for the film, and they along with Mirren, Parker, and Malkovich underwent extensive weapons training to prepare for the many action sequences.
The end product debuts mid October, and if the trailer is even remotely representative, Red is one film that will be worth the price of admission.