Ida Red (2021)
Director: John Swab
Screenplay by: John Swab
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Frank Grillo, Melissa Leo, Sofia Hublitz, William Forsythe, Deborah Ann Woll, George Carroll, Mark Boone Junior and Nicholas Cirillo
Tagline: Crime runs in the family
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Ida “Red” Walker (Leo) is the head of her family since her husband was killed in the robbery that put her behind bars. Red’s two grown sons, Wyatt (Harnett) and Dallas (Grillo) continue to commit crimes under mom’s direction.
When Red learns that she has terminal cancer she makes it her (and her sons’) goal to get her out. She has a two-pronged plan: 1) Pay off the head of the parole board and 2) commit a dangerous heist that will get them enough money to get the family out of the law’s reach. Wyatt and Dallas agree to the plan despite the fact that they’re under the watchful eye of FBI Special Agent Lawrence Twilley (Forsythe) and a local cop who has a connection to the family!
Ida Red is a well written, well directed low budget crime film. It boasts an excellent cast. Frank Grillo steals every scene (especially memorable is his dance that will bring back memories of Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs). Sofia Hublitz has a subplot that shows the pull of being in a crime family (and a nice plot twist to boot). It’s nice seeing William Forsythe back in action and I always enjoy it when Mark Boone Junior shows up.
Ida Red earns 4 of 5 stars.