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''Red'' is an American action-comedy film loosely based on the [[ComicBook/{{Red}} three-issue comic book limited series of the same name]] created by WarrenEllis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC Comics imprint Homage. The film stars Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/MorganFreeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Creator/KarlUrban, Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/HelenMirren, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, and Richard Dreyfuss, with Robert Schwentke directing a screenplay by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber.

Frank Moses (Willis) is a retired {{CIA}} agent trying to make the best of his simple life. For the past few months, he had been developing a tentative relationship with Sarah Ross (Parker), a civilian office drone helping him with pension checks. He had been planning on going to Kansas City to see her when a CIA team, under orders from Agent William Cooper (Urban), bursts into his house and tries to have him killed. Since they had him under surveillance, Frank realizes that they must know about Sarah, and he's forced to kidnap her while he seeks help from other former members of the intelligence community (basically all the remaining cast). Meanwhile, Cooper is discovering that the entire ordeal doesn't seem to add up. What follows is part RoadMovie, part RomanticComedy and part action movie, as Frank gathers up his old CIA crew and gets to the bottom of their new [[TitleDrop R.E.D.]] [[FunWithAcronyms (Retired, Extremely Dangerous)]] titles.

The film seems to have been made primarily so that a bunch of... matured actors, many of them famed for dramatic work, could ham it up with very large guns, and is fun to watch even if only because everyone in the cast and crew seem to be enjoying themselves. A sequel[[note]]which has nothing to do with [[Franchise/StarWars Wedge Antilles']] designation in the original 1977 film[[/note]] was released on July 19th, 2013.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: Aside from the transition to comedy, as noted above, the movie also does a great deal of expanding on the reasoning behind the order to kill Moses, creating a rather elaborate conspiracy involving the [[spoiler: Vice President]], whereas in the original comic it is just the new director of the CIA finding out about Moses' record and saying "Holy Shit! We can't let this guy live as long as he knows this stuff!"
** Signed off on by Warren Ellis himself, since the comic is so short that he said it could maybe be a forty-minute film... if it had a musical number.
* AdvertisedExtra: Arguably Catherine Zeta Jones in the sequel.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Almost averted at the beginning of the film, but it's eventually played straight.
** More BadAss than bad; Moses is calm, polite and soft-spoken throughout the film.
* {{Angrish}}: {{justified}}, as Sara currently has duct tape across her mouth. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny This doesn't stop her from expressing herself eloquently.]]
* AntiVillain: Cooper is just [[PunchClockVillain doing his job]] and has no idea what's happening.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Red mercury, which is the primary component of [[spoiler:Nightshade, which gives the bomb the power of a nuclear device without the radiation.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "I was hoping to not get kidnapped. Or drugged. I was hoping you had ''hair''."
* ATeamFiring: Whenever the protagonists face policemen or Secret Service agents. Reaches ludicrous heights with the scene in [[spoiler:Moldova, where an entire platoon of soldiers, in a double file horizontal firing line, can't even nick Moses or Boggs]].
** Of course, [[spoiler: we aren't given any information on that operation. The team could have replaced the army's ammunition with blanks, for a all we know.]]
* AuthorAppeal: You can see WarrenEllis' fingerprints all over the script in the form of [[CloudCuckoolander Marvin Boggs]] - an [[CrazyAwesome utterly lethal]] and brilliant yet batshit insane drug-addled conspiracy freak ''[[TheCuckoolanderWasRight who is right about EVERY SINGLE ONE]] [[ProperlyParanoid of his paranoid freakouts.]]'' All that's missing is some cool tattoos, smoking, and some [[NanoMachines nanotech]] implants and you'd have every single one of Ellis' "heroes" crammed into JohnMalkovich. Who is the [[EnsembleDarkHorse most memorable part]] of all the awesome things around him.
* BackInTheSaddle: Moses, complete with the [[{{Aerosmith}} appropriate theme music]]
* BadAss: Everyone. Absolutely everyone.
** Cooper gets bonus points for ''surviving'' a fight with Frank Moses, then ordering the entire CIA building to search for Frank and actively looking for Frank himself, all with a dislocated arm, spitting blood, and possibly some broken ribs.
** Hell, even the ''librarian'' is played by Creator/ErnestBorgnine.
* BadAssCrew: The Guatemala team, in spades. Exception of the CO and [[spoiler:later Vice President]].
* BadassGrandpa: The entire team, but especially Joe, who's far older than the rest of them. [[spoiler: Even more impressive is that Joe can still hold his own, despite suffering from Stage 4 Liver Cancer]]
* BadAssInANiceSuit: Cooper in the first film, Han in the sequel.
* BavarianFireDrill: Moses is dressed as a general, Sarah is posing as his aide. He needs to use a fake contact lens to get past a retinal scanner, but drops it. Sarah is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything on her hands and knees]] looking for it when the doors open to reveal a group of soldiers.
-->'''Sarah:''' The general has dropped his contact lens. Perhaps you could ''help us?''
* BerserkButton: Don't call Marvin "old man." It ends badly for you.
-->'''Marvin:''' *astonished* 'Old man'...?
-->'''Frank:''' *shakes head* No respect.
-->'''Marvin:''' [[TriggerHappy Can I kill her now]]?!
** Stealing Han's plane in the sequel makes him want to ''hurt'' you before he kills you.
* {{BFG}}: Victoria's .50 cal machine gun.
** As well as Bogg's .500 S&W Revolver.
** Han tops it with his minigun.
* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst: In terms of the film's core crew, subverted, then DoubleSubverted via HeroicSacrifice for Joe]].
* BloodKnight: Victoria.
-->'''Victoria''': This is going to be ''fun''!
** In the sequel, Han seems to ''really enjoy'' beating the crap out of people.
** Also in the sequel, Jack Horton seems to truly find sadistic glee and satisfaction when his job involves beating up, torturing, or killing people.
* BondOneLiner: "Old man, my ass!"
* BoundAndGagged: Sarah in the car and hotel room. Almost taken to a ridiculous extreme when Frank wants to duct tape the grieving mother of a victim, until Sarah intervenes. In a BrickJoke, Sara has to do this to an Iranian diplomat in the sequel.
* BottomlessMagazines: Every single gun in the movie fired more ammunition than it is actually capable of holding.
** Averted in the case of Victoria's .50 Browning, which is belt-fed and not limited in this fashion, although admittedly we do not see the belt clearly [[spoiler:when the agents catch up to it and find it rigged to fire unattended]] and overheating from sustained fire might be a problem. We also see Frank change magazines when he jumps out of the police car, continuously firing at Cooper. [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Red IMFDB notes]] that the 8-round weapon still manages to fire 16 rounds after that reload.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Victoria calls Frank out for being one.
--> '''Victoria:''' You're all hard on the outside, but all gooey on the inside. '''Gooey.'''
* CallingTheCopsOnTheFBI: Moses does this to Cooper during a chase scene. When Cooper gets cornered by the cops, he [[KnowWhenToFoldEm surrenders on the spot]] rather than try to fight them or explain.
* CarFu: Subverted when Cooper rams Frank's car in New Orleans -- ''while the car is still spinning'', Frank leaps out and empties his pistol at Cooper, who gets the hell out of there, realising this harmless ''retired analyst'' is anything but.
* CassandraTruth: Boggs. He is almost ''always'' right when he assumes someone or something is a threat. Of course, no one believes him until it's too late.
* ChivalrousPervert: Ivan, towards Victoria.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:Dr. Bailey. Though he does his fair share of front-stabbing too.]]
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Minus the FBI part, [[spoiler:and the CIA doesn't know that they're being used. Well, not the lower tiers of the CIA]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Marvin Boggs. Justified:
-->'''Sara:''' Wow. This guy's insane.
-->'''Frank:''' Well, he thought he was the subject of a secret government mind control project. (beat) As it turns out, he really was being given daily doses of LSD for 11 years.
-->'''Sara:''' Well, in that case, he looks great.
-->'''Frank:''' Fantastic.
* CombatPragmatist: Both Moses and Cooper use anything they can find to beat the other senseless when they fight. Coffee mug, telephone, shelves, glass table, filing cabinet, you name it. Helps that Moses trained the guy that trained Cooper.
** Han beats the crap out of policemen with the door of a store fridge.
* CombatStilettos: Subverted with Victoria. The final showdown has her slipping off her dress pumps and putting on a pair of combat boots instead.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: The [[spoiler: Secret Service's]] cars. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], seeing as how they are the ''[[spoiler: Secret Service's]]'' cars and are armored in real life - and subverted, as [[spoiler:a M2 Browning works just fine when the crew wants to rip them apart.]]
** Averted for the assault in the beginning of the film, however, where the rounds fired are clearly shown to tear the house to pieces as though it were wet cardboard. If Frank had been upstairs, he would have been killed no matter what room he was in.
*** In that sequence, the cinematography seemed to imply that Frank was in his basement (the room with the punching bag), and thus protected by being below ground level.
**** The deleted scenes clearly show he's in the concrete lined underground basement.
** Also averted for those metal containers at the airport, although no one was shot through them.
** Heavily averted in the sequel, where Han's minigun ''shreds'' cars and stone statues to pieces.
* ContinuityNod: At Marvin's [[spoiler:funeral]], Frank mentions how the mission they performed in Moldova at the end of the first film made Marvin a national hero there.
* CrazySurvivalist: Marvin. Justified - he was subject to a number of mind-altering experiments when he was in the CIA.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: subverted when Ivan saves Victoria. Who then carries her off in a BridalCarry.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Moses vs. the FacelessGoons at the beginning of both movies.
** Han vs. a whole bunch of policemen in Moscow in the sequel.
* CuttingTheKnot: Faced with an unbreakable electronic lock, Frank simply [[MyopicArchitecture kicks a hole in the wall next to it]] and opens the lock manually.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Played with Cooper, who is savvy enough to understand that [[spoiler: the fire is only a ruse and orders all supposed injured checked at the exit but is still duped when Frank knocks out the firefighter, takes his clothes, and carries him outside]].
** Marvin Boggs has something... ''odd''... going on after being dosed with LSD for eleven years. But that doesn't mean he's not ProperlyParanoid.
** Also played with in the sequel. Jack Horton thinks he is this, but still gets duped by [[spoiler: Bailey.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Joe is a mild version. He pretends the TV is broken, or possibly sabotages it, so he can look at the butt of the nurse who tries to fix it. She catches him, but is only amused by it, likely due to the fact that, as far as the nurse knows, Joe is a harmless old man with Stage 4 Liver Cancer.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Cynthia Wilkes.]]
* TheDreaded: The way the team talks about Victoria just before she is introduced makes it feel like they're reluctant to meet her and might not survive that. Totally justified, given the kind of work these people do, and the fact that when we actually see her she's hiding a SUBMACHINE GUN under a pile of flowers.
* DualTonfas: Han in the sequel does an improvised variant of this at one point.
* DuctTapeForEverything: Moses' preferred method of subduing people; this is {{lampshaded}} (see BoundAndGagged).
** ContinuityNod : It is used at least twice on random hostages in the sequel.
* EnemyMine: In ''Red 2'', Frank manages to convince [[spoiler:Han]], who was sent to assassinate him, to join forces in order to stop the BigBad.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first time we see Cooper, he's on the phone talking to his wife about his children while moving around a hotel room planting evidence. Then he ''hangs a guy.'' Then he accepts a mission to kill Frank.
** Moses and Sara: Frank Moses wakes up at six in the morning (without his alarm going off) and goes through a cardiac workout routine even though he's retired, Sara works in a cubicle wallpapered in postcards of places she would like to visit, and reads trashy romance novels while at work. And then there's [[ProperlyParanoid Boggs]] and his ghille suit in his own front yard.
** When we first see Han, he is going in to an extremely high security building where he is literally stripped of all of his clothes and equipment in order to get close to his target, and manages to assassinate him with a folded picture ( that the target gave him! ) and waltzes out of the building without anybody realizing what had happened.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: The Records Keeper.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Bailey]] in the sequel [[spoiler:still seems rather polite even after he's stopped ObfuscatingInsanity]].
* FemmeFatale: Katja in the sequel.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: See ComicBook/{{Red}}.
* {{Fingore}}: Frank shows Joe an envelope containing the severed forefingers of the hit team sent to his house.
-->'''Joe:''' This used to be a gentleman's game.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Frank Moses
** TheLancer: Joe Matheson
** TheBigGuy: Victoria Brown
** TheSmartGuy: Marvin Boggs
*** You know you're in a comedy when the CloudCuckooLander is TheSmartGuy!
** TheChick: Sara
** SixthRanger: Ivan. [[spoiler:Han in the sequel.]]
* FlamethrowerBackfire: An agent shoots a RPG at John Malkovich, and he shoots the RPG, which explodes mid-air and kills the agent.
* FlatWhat: {{Implied}}. Frank, Marvin and Katja clearly have this look on their face when Sarah manages to persuade The Frog to help them by simply begging him.
* FlippingTheBird: Hey, [[SpySatellite Satellites!]] Boop to that!
** The Frog does this to Sara and Boggs in the sequel while they are stuck in their car. [[spoiler:Then he is hit by Frank's car]].
* FootFocus: In ''Red 2'', Victoria is laying down covering fire with her sniper rifle - while Ivan rhapsodizes about how her toes curl as she pulls the trigger.
** GeniusBonus: The reason feet are such a common fetish is because the feet and the erogenous zones connect to sections of the brain which are very close together, and it's not uncommon for wires to get crossed occasionally. This puts Victoria's toe curling in an entirely different light.
* TheFunInFuneral: At Marvin's funeral in ''Red 2'', not only does Frank go on about how the government doped him with LSD, but stabs a needle into Marvin's hand because he's completely convinced Marvin is faking it. Which he is.
* GatlingGood: Han in the sequel uses a machinegun against Frank and Marvin when he's ''really'' angry.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: While ''Red'' is rated PG-13 and its violence is not overly brutal or gory, during the airport sequence, two of the couple of people Frank and company face are blown apart on screen. While one is better seen than the other, you can see limbs flying.
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Victoria and her wonderful arsenal of automatic weapons.
** [[spoiler:The woman who Boggs threatens at gunpoint and her wonderful RPG.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy - [[spoiler:Turns out, not really. The Vice President's apparent cover up for his election is just a cover up for an Arms Dealer.]]
* GrenadeHotPotato: Boggs does a variant of this, sending back a grenade with ''the butt of a grenade launcher''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Batter up!]]
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: In ''Red 2'', Victoria is trying to bypass the electronic lock on a door leading to a secret prison wing. When she can't manage it, Frank simply knocks on the door, causing the guard on the other side to ''open it'' and complain about how they're not following standard protocol. He realizes his mistake a bit too late, of course.
* GuiltyPleasures: Sarah Ross likes to read trashy romance novels which she tells Frank Moses are terrible but so addictive.
* GunsAkimbo: Both Han (as expected of a Hong Kong-based BadAss) and Victoria get to do this in the sequel.
* HandCannon: Boggs' revolvers most definitely qualify. Cooper's [[CoolGuns compensated Sig P220 Sport]] looks the part, but it's actually chambered in .45 ACP (the compensator makes up much of the bulk).
* HeelFaceTurn: Sort of. [[spoiler: For a given value of "face". Cooper may be ruthless and ambitious, but he's more of a DesignatedVillain and an UnwittingPawn than anything else. Throughout the movie, his loyalties never actually change. Sure, he is first seen casually planting evidence before faking a man's suicide, but we're never given anything to actually indicate his target was a ''good guy''[[note]]Besides, everyone knows that "Don't you know who I am?!" is something only bad guys ever say.[[/note]]... much like Frank before his retirement.]]
** To an even less degree in the sequel. [[spoiler: Horton appears to truly enjoy his work of murdering and torturing to get the information he needs. However he appears to truly believe he is defending America and appears horrified when he learns about the weapon later in the film.]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Han, who ends up being VitriolicBestBuds with Frank.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: God bless JohnMalkovich.
-->(Marvin shoots the BiggerBad in the head after Frank had already killed him)\\
'''Frank:''' "Feel better?"\\
'''Marvin:''' [[TriggerHappy "Yeah.]] [[CasualDangerDialog Wanna get pancakes?"]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Joe, who lets himself be killed by a sniper to let the rest of the team escape.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The plot of the first film is driven by this.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the sequel, this is [[spoiler:how Frank ultimately defeated Bailey and his Nightshade bomb, by discreetly leaving it on Bailey's plane so that when it blew up, it took Bailey with it.]]
* [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him]]: Victoria to Sara: "So if you break his heart, I will kill you. And bury your body in the woods." Softened by Sarah's reaction: "Oh... wow... Okay" while nodding agreeably.
** Also somewhat subverted by the fact Victoria herself has no romantic designs on Frank; she's just speaking as a friend.
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler: Played with when Cooper and Moses do it to each other. Cooper captures Sara, then Moses calls him to let him know that he is in Cooper's house and won't harm his family, in return for a guarantee of Sara's safety.]]
** Horton tries this in the sequel with Moses, but Moses isn't [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy fooled.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Moses, sorta. He doesn't want to be ''normal'', but he'd really prefer it if people would stop shooting at him.
** Though he mourns the boredom with his life asking Victoria how she deals with it, who reveals she became a mercenary to deal with the boredom.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each of the titles of the score album [[FunWithAcronyms contains the acronym RED.]] Examples include "Retired Extremely Dangerous", "Rapidly, Executioners Destroyed", "[[GratuitousSpanish Revenge Es Delicioso]]", etc.
* IncrediblyObviousBomb: Marvin drives the Secret Service in the direction he wants by charging towards them while strapped with dynamite and a ridiculously large Micky Mouse clock. Played straight in the sequel [[spoiler:with the Red Mercury bomb.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Played with through the movie with all the bad guys, but especially the Moldovian soldiers at the end pursuing Frank and Marvin across an empty field.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Combined with BatterUp, Boggs uses a grenade launcher like a bat and hits a grenade right back at the the guy who threw it.
** The sequels fights between Frank and Han show them both to be quite adept at using whatever happens to be on hand to absolutely demolish any nearby enemies.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[spoiler:Boggs shoots down an RPG with his [[RevolversAreJustBetter S&W]]. Dead center]].
** Also notable is the absurd timing. [[spoiler: Rocket Propelled Grenades are ''fast''. Boggs put a bullet dead center on the tip of an rocket propelled grenade, ''after'' it had been fired, but ''before'' the shooter was outside the blast radius. [[HolyShitQuotient Holy Shit.]]]]
** Also a case of [[RealityisUnrealistic Reality is Unrealistic]]: [[spoiler: Mythbusters tested this, and the grenade doesn't arm until it is already a good distance away from the shooter, since the RPG is an inertia-triggered weapon.]]
* InspectorJavert: Cooper. [[spoiler:He turns when he finds out what's really going on.]]
* InterrogationByVandalism: The Frog gets some of his expensive wine collection smashed, but it's of only limited effectiveness.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Sara, in an interesting variant; while the only reason she got involved was because Frank kidnapped her, which she definitely isn't happy about, once the true situation was explained she became an enthusiastic participant.
** A clearer example is when [[spoiler: Ivan explains the nature of the "favor" he wants from Frank,]] and Sara turns around and childishly begs, "Can we go?"
** And in the sequel Frank is planning their future together, while Sara would prefer to go on another mission. Frank's friends keep pointing out [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she's with him for the excitement]], and he eventually resigns himself to the inevitable and presents her with a gun as a gift.
* LadyOfWar: Victoria.
* LighterAndSofter: A LOT, compared to its source material.
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: [[spoiler:Joe, who decides to sacrifice himself due to terminal cancer.]]
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Invoked by Moses when he hides in a broom closet long enough to build a bomb out of the materials he finds.
* LostSuperweapon: [[spoiler: Project Nightshade.]]
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Brian Cox (a Scot) as Ivan.
** Even less convincing with CatherineZetaJones (Welsh) as Katya. True Russians never waste good alcohol.
** In-universe, Kansas-born Sara has to dress up as a guard in the ''Kremlin''. [[spoiler: The fact that the Russian soldier flirting with her did not immediately catch this means he was likely too horny to care.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Or rather "[[InvertedTrope The Man In Front Of The Man]]" - [[spoiler:Dunning is the real BigBad, and Wilkes is TheDragon. Stanton is a mere pawn and scapegoat. Cooper is just doing his job.]]
* MadScientist: Dr. Bailey has shades of this.
* MandatoryUnretirement: Well, he was just [[IJustWantToBeNormal trying to be normal]], until the assassins [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive kicked in his door.]]
* MasterApprenticeChain: Brought up in this exchange; Moses has Cooper in an arm-lock:
--> '''Moses:''' Kordeski trained you?
--> '''Cooper:''' Yeah...
--> '''Moses:''' I trained Kordeski.
--> [''Moses dislocates Cooper's shoulder with a cringeworthy *SNAP*'']
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Frank and Sara. Not as many unfortunate implications as usual, as Frank is only dragging Sara along with him against her will to keep her from being killed, which is what leads to them starting a relationship.
** Really their relationship had already started, with the phone calls, the reading the same books, and the intent to meet up soon. The kidnapping actually threatened to deepsix the burgeoning relationship, until Sarah realized it was all for real and got into it.
* MissionControl: In the sequel, Bai appeared to work with one before [[spoiler: Moses stole his plane.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Played for laughs when Moses and Ivan reminisce about their [[ColdWar past job]]. Ivan mourns the loss of his fellow agent and cousin, whom Moses has supposedly killed. It is all very sombre. After downing a drink, Moses deadpans that said cousin is actually still alive - a defector who is now quite obese and owns a chain of 7-11s. Ivan is shocked at the news that Igor is still alive and a defector, but laughs at his weight and business.
* MookHorrorShow: Moses kills the hit team at the beginning of the movie one-by-one seemingly from out of nowhere. The last guy even panics and [[MoreDakka empties his machine]] [[ShootEverythingThatMoves gun wildly]] until it jams and he desperately tries to unjam his gun before Moses kills him.
** During the climactic sequence, [[spoiler:we keep cutting to the Secret Service's perspective as they just try to do their jobs, protecting a man they don't know is corrupt. We don't see any actually die. The DVD commentary notes that Victoria's gun would've realistically punched through even an armored limo and killed all of them.]]
** Early in the sequel, Moses single-handedly takes out a squad of 7 special forces-type mooks, one by one, much to their growing nervousness.
* MoreDakka: M-16s aren't enough, they brought [=SAWs=] to try and take down Moses in his house.
** Han's minigun in the sequel.
* MuggedForDisguise: Frank steals a fireman's uniform to get out of the CIA building after being shot and bleeding over his white shirt. PlayedForLaughs with the waiter who's suddenly pulled into an industrial garbage bin by an unseen person (later revealed to be Martin).
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Katja]]
* MyopicArchitecture: The [=CIA's=] ultra-secure records room has an "unbreakable" door with an "unbreakable" lock... set in a ''[[CuttingTheKnot very]]'' breakable wall.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Victoria. She looks so sweet and innocent!
* NonFatalExplosions: Marvin shoots an RPG out of the air and suffers no injury. The one who fired the RPG, however...
* NonIdleRich: Victoria provides the page image.
* NoMereWindmill: Boggs. Just... Boggs. And he's ''right''. Years of paranoia and LSD will do that to you.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened [[spoiler:at the end of the film. All we know is that it involved Moses pushing Marvin (in a dress and makeshift leg splint) in a wooden handcart with a nuclear bomb while a very angry army is in hot pursuit. There are also explosions.]]
** Sara's been kidnapped, duct-taped, drugged, and driven hundreds of miles while unconscious. It's not the worst first date she's been on.
** The sequel ends with another: [[spoiler:Whatever case required Sarah to dress as a cha-cha dancer in Venezuela... who happens to be carrying an assault rifle. And Marvin's dressed as Carmen Miranda, apparently for his own amusement.]]
* NoSuchAgency: This exchange provides the page quote:
--> '''Cooper:''' I didn't know this place [the CIA Back Room] existed.\\
'''Records keeper:''' It ''doesn't''.
* NotMyDriver: [[spoiler: The Vice President and two Secret Service Agents finally make it to a limo that gets away from the attack... only for Frank Moses to turn around in the driver's seat and taser them all. This is a particularly good example, because GenreSavvy viewers may have been expecting the ''earlier'' Service limo to be Moses, except Ivan blew that one up too.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Very subtly done with pictures of characters wearing the Marines uniform: one is in Frank Moses' file, the other on the wall at agent Cooper's house.
** Heck Moses even flat out states he was just like him.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler: Bailey]] in the sequel. [[spoiler: He comes across as very confused and forgetful, which makes sense considering he was locked up for 35 years.]]
* OldFlame: Victoria and Ivan.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. When [[spoiler: Moses gets shot in the shoulder]] they have to seek medical assistance, and [[spoiler: when Victoria gets shot by the secret service agents, she]] chooses to stay behind, because the wound seriously impaired [[spoiler:her]] ability to ''walk,'' much less complete the mission. [[spoiler:Ivan carries her out, and presumably patches her up offscreen.]]
** Played straight with Cooper [[spoiler: after Moses dislocates his shoulder; he has a sling for one scene and then it disappears without any apparent residual pain]].
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: In ''Red 2'', Marvin is curled up to Frank while they're pinned down by Han. Frank asks if Marvin has a stick of dynamite in his pocket.
-->'''Marvin:''' [[CrazyPrepared Yes, but I'm saving it for an emergency.]]
* OutsideRide: Subverted. Cooper tries to jump onto a car he is chasing, with a respectably badass maneuver. [[RealityEnsues He's almost immediately shaken off.]]
* PhoneTraceRace: Set up when Frank calls Cooper and Cooper is encouraged to keep Frank on the line long enough to let the trace run, though in this case the trace is actually completed successfully long before the call ends [[spoiler: because Frank was calling from Cooper's house and wanted Cooper to know it]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Cooper gets one towards the end, especially noticeable as there honestly isn't much swearing in the film up until that point.
* PrettyInMink: Victoria in a white mink coat.
* ProfessionalKiller: Han Cho Bai.
* ProperlyParanoid: Marvin believes that he was a guinea pig in a mind control experiment, thinks a helicopter is following him, and even holds up a InnocentBystander with his HandCannon because he thinks she was an enemy agent. [[spoiler: [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight He's right about all three]].]]
* PunchClockVillain: The numerous police, feds and secret service agents that try to either apprehend Moses and the crew or protect the VP. Impressively, the heroes never kill a single one of these guys, instead only taking out the mercenaries and CIA assassins whose job is to eliminate them.
** Also, Ivan in a way. If the movie was set during the Cold War, Ivan and Frank may well have been mortal enemies trying to kill each other. However, with the Iron Curtain fallen, Ivan becomes more of an ambivalent ally who misses the excitement and subterfuge of the Cold War, sees an opportunity to rekindle an old love affair, and wants to collect on the favor Frank owes him.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: '''Where's. My. Plane?!'''
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: To Moses when he's holding [[spoiler: the Vice President]] hostage
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Joe happily quotes the trope when the team has Victoria, Sara, Joe, Frank, and Marvin.
* RetiredBadass: Moses and his team. There's a reason R.E.D. stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous" after all. [[TooDumbToLive People seem to have a problem comprehending the last two letters.]]
* RetiredBadassRoundup: The Movie.
* RevealingCoverup: bonus points for being a cover-up ''of'' a cover-up. [[spoiler:In 1981 a young Army officer snapped and massacred an entire village in Guatemala. A number of CIA agents, including Moses, were shuttled in to clean up the mess. Now, some 30 years later, a young reporter named Stephanie Chen has gotten wind of the thing, and tries to get the scoop from someone else who was involved, arms magnate Alexander Dunning (Dreyfuss). ''He'' calls the young Army officer--Vice President Robert Stanton--who panics and just decides to KillEmAll. (Again.) And this brings us back to Frank and Sarah. All of this is revealed to be a ruse because Dunning was planning to make Stanton the president and use the incident to blackmail him. Any surviving witnesses to the original incident (Frank, Joe, the people the reporter talked to) had to go because they knew too much.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter than an RPG.
* RivalsTeamUp: Besides Joe, all the help Moses recruits was at best, an ally due to politics, at worst, mortal enemies during the Cold War.
-->'''Moses:''' Why would I be trying to kill you?
-->'''Marvin:''' Because the last we met, I tried to kill you.
-->'''Moses:''' That was a long time ago.
-->'''Marvin:''' Some people hold onto things like that.
* RuleOfCool: Creator/HelenMirren with a [[strike:chaingun]] Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun.
** ''Casually stepping out of a car'' while it's doing a ''donut'' automatically qualifies your film for this.
** As does shooting an incoming RPG with a ''revolver bullet'' and causing the explosion to back blast onto the person who fired it - "Old man my ass" indeed
** Creator/HelenMirren doing a GunsAkimbo from the inside of a drifting car
* RunningGag: Throughout most of the sequel, Han keeps demanding that Frank return his private plane after he steals it.
** Marvin in drag during the stinger mission snippets.
* RushedInvertedReading: Sara with Forbes magazine while waiting for Frank at the CIA building.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[spoiler:When Cooper is offered the opportunity to become head of the CIA if he kills Frank and the Vice President, he opts to help Frank kill the villains instead.]]
* SensualSlavs: Ivan is this to Victoria, and Katya to Frank.
* SequelHook: Played straight, [[spoiler:then subverted as we actually see the events that were implied to happen. See NoodleIncident.]]
** Double-subverted: there's a sequel in production anyway.
** The ''sequel'' has one too! Han [[spoiler: threatening to kill Frank, as he was originally instructed to do, certainly sounds like a set-up for a third movie.]]
* SeriousBusiness: In Red 2. Han ''really'' wants his plane back.
* ShootTheHostage: After Moses takes one of his Mooks hostage, Horton shoots him when after figuring out that Moses was still outnumbered 7-1 and handcuffed. At the end of the movie [[spoiler:Sara is being held at gunpoint by Dr Bailey and begs Frank to shoot rather than let him detonate his WeaponOfMassDestruction. Frank just puts down his gun, but only to fool Bailey into thinking he's won.]]
* ShootYourMate: Victoria mentions to Sarah how MI-6 once ordered her to kill an enemy agent she'd started a relationship with. When asked what she did, she replies, "I put three bullets in his chest." [[spoiler:The agent was Ivan, who still loves her and took the bullets as a sign of her enduring affection - if she'd ''wanted'' to kill him, she would have shot him in the ''head''.]]
** Leads to some FridgeBrilliance {{Foreshadowing}}; when they decide to go to Victoria [[spoiler:to deal with Frank's gunshot wound]], Marvin asks Frank if he wants to wear a vest. Frank gloomily replies "Wouldn't work."
** [[spoiler: Helen again]] in the sequel only to [[spoiler: their car.]]
* ShoutOut: In the scene in [[spoiler:the asylum where Bailey is being held]], one of the more prominent inmates is [[{{ComicBook/Transmetropolitan}} bald, Caucasian, and covered with black tribal tattoos]].
** In sequel, Victoria infiltrates an insane asylum by donning a crown and ermine and carrying on about being the Queen of England.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Marvin with his HandCannon vs. a CIA hitwoman with her RPG.
* ShownTheirWork: Former CIA field officer Robert Baer was a consultant for the film, and does DVDCommentary. The film is largely accurate, but he notes the usage of cheats for the sake of story. The Back Room, for example, is more or less real, but the RED designation isn't. There's a scene where Moses makes a cell phone call from the library, and Baer notes that in real life, Frank would've stolen a phone from someone if he didn't have time to find a pay phone. Most hilariously, he says that a lot of Boggs' paranoia about "the grid" is justified, and ''he'' often sounds like the character.
* SinisterSurveillance: Coupled with SpySatellites and [[BlackHelicopter Black Helicopters]]. Marvin's ProperlyParanoid about them, as the CIA [[spoiler:taking out the second witness]] shows.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Victoria Brown with a tripod-mounted Browning, [[spoiler:the redheaded CIA agent with a rocket launcher]]. Neither are young, but both are toting [[{{BFG}} improbably large weapons]] for their stature.
* SmugSnake: William Dunning.
** Jack Horton in the sequel.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Victoria and Sarah are the only female characters in the team, and Sarah is not even an official member, being a civilian who was caught up in the mess along the way.
* SpyFiction: A nice mixture of Stale Beer and Martini, with a few forays into parody.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Sarah and the CIA agents. Of course, they are armed agents and she's a cubicle monkey. It would presumably be much less effective on, say, Victoria. [[spoiler:The only person to even get close enough to try doesn't even get a chance.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Mostly during the CIA ambush.
* SuperCellReception: Cooper apparently has some kind of super cellphone which can get reception in a steel-plated, deep underground CIA vault. It ''is'' the CIA, after all.
* TemptingFate: Played straight on several occasions, and lampshaded at the end of the movie when Sara expresses relief that they survived; Marvin immediately says something bad will now happen. Surprisingly, nothing does. Except Ivan mentions he has a little job for them in Moldovia...
* ThousandYardStare: Sara has this in ''Red 2'' after she's forced to kill a guard. Being taken hostage by the BigBad snaps her out of it.
* TitleDrop: Retired, Extremely Dangerous.
* TooDumbToLive: Just about everyone in the film under the age of forty. They look at Moses and the other {{Old Master}}s and only see "old guys", never quite realizing, despite repeated humiliating defeats at their hands, that ''anyone'' who has managed to survive to a ripe old age [[InHarmsWay in that career field]] is '''obviously''' really damned good at '''''[[WhyWontYouDie NOT DYING]]!'''''
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailers for the film make it clear that [[spoiler: Joe didn't really die the first time we think he did]], and they also show [[spoiler: the CIA hitwoman whom Frank earlier thinks is an innocent bystander facing off against Marvin]].
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: When Sara drops the contact and the soldiers burst in, there's a long awkward pause before she effortlessly bluffs them.
* VillainBall: With Alexander Dunning actually shouting at Joe and Moses (and the audience), "I Am The Bad Guy!" before getting knocked out by Joe. [[spoiler:Sure enough, he was.]]
* WeNeedADistraction: Several examples, including Ivan spraying an aerosol to make everyone think there's a gas leak.
-->"[[LargeHam OH MY GOD! GAAAAAAASSSSSS!]]"
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: [[OhCrap "You're at my house!"]]]] This is the scene that really cements just how far Frank is willing to go to keep [[DamselInDistress Sarah]] safe.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Played with. The team kills the wet work team, CIA assassins, and various mercenaries who are actively trying to kill them; but most of whom are presumably unaware of the conspiracy. They are very careful however not to kill any of the police, FBI, and Secret Service they encounter, who are completely unaware of the conspiracy.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the sequel, whatever happened to Bai's team anyway?
* WickedCultured: In the sequel, Bai enjoys fine wine and expensive, tailored suits when not torturing people to death.
** The Frog also fits this trope, as he enjoys collecting fine wines between meetings to sell weapons to terrorists.
* WomanInWhite: Victoria wears a white dress and [[PrettyInMink white mink coat]] to the final showdown. [[spoiler: It later becomes a non-wedding example of BloodSplatteredWeddingDress, though Ivan complicates matters by carrying her around like a bride over the threshold]].
** Sara's white parka also qualifies.
* WrongWire: Marvin Boggs is trying to defuse a bomb in the sequel. He cuts the wire and the timer speeds up. He cuts all the wires; it doesn't stop.
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