Last night I finally watched the trailer for Red (Summit, 10.15), an action comedy about over-the-hill spies that someone has described as Space Cowboys meets the Bourne franchise. The director is the German-born Robert Schwentke, who makes slick, semi-diverting programmers like The Time Traveller’s Wife. An awful lot of smirking and chuckling going on. Meh.
However, I admire the fact that almost the entire cast is over 50 — Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox — and the two youngest, Mary Louise Parker and John C. Reilly, are around 45. No kowtowing whatsoever to younger audiences by throwing in a couple of twentysomethings — a certain integrity in that.