Can someone explain to me where Ida Red came from? I’ve never heard of this movie before. Then, out of nowhere, there it was. The plot seemed interesting and I saw it had Josh Hartnett, Frank Grillo and William Forsythe in it. I figured it can’t be that bad of a movie with the cast. It certainly is a bit of a sleeper, but it does feel bloated.

Don’t let the name fool you. Ida Red, who is played by Melissa Leo is hardly in the movie. She has a couple of scenes and that’s about it. A waste of talent if you ask me, but I can see where some would argue that about everyone in this movie.

The movie is definitely a family affair. Ida Red is the mother and crime boss, who’s in prison for a bank robbery gone wrong which got her husband killed. She’s up for parole but is very sick and Death is at her cell door, knocking.

Hartnett is her son, Wyatt, and he’s looking to get her out by any means possible. He’s partnered up with his uncle Dallas, who’s played by Grillo. They basically work for her, while she’s in prison.

There’s also Wyatt’s sister Jeanie, played by Deborah Ann Woll who is on the straight and narrow. She wants nothing to do with any dealings that her brother and uncle are into. She also has a 15-year-old daughter Darla, Sofia Hublitz is in only her second role that I can tell here. There’s also there’s Bodie, Jeanie’s detective husband, played by rapper Slaine. He’s partnered up with Forsythe, a FED.

While Wyatt and Dallas are working on things, like a heist, Bodie and the FED (sounds like a TV show from the 80s) are hot on their trail, knowing they’re up to something, thanks to a robbery they pulled off. The first 30 minutes or so of the movie was great, I was really digging it. Then the middle started to drag and got overloaded with other subplot stuff that ultimately didn’t matter. That said, some of it was interesting, but could have been cut out.

There’s a whole situation with the daughter that felt tacked on. She meets some guy she used to go to school with and they hit it off. She’s being a typical angsty teen that’s rebelling from her parents. Kind of standard stuff really.

Some of this could have been cut and maybe have that time spent more on Bodie and the FED. They don’t get much time, but they get enough to get the point across what they’re doing. Maybe more time spent on Ida Red herself. I don’t think the movie even says what she’s sick from.

Ida Red is a movie that doesn’t hold your hand at all. It does so to a fault. There’s plenty of useless stuff, but at the same time leaves questions to how things happen. It’s all a part of the middle section that felt like a grind at times. I honestly thought the way the movie was structured, that it was based on a true story, but from what I can tell, it’s not.

The characters are interesting, but the acting could have been better and with the talent they have, there’s no reason it’s not. The plot is interesting and fun but gets bogged down in the middle. Ida Red is a good movie, I really enjoyed it, but it’s certainly rough around the edges. For a movie I heard nothing about and didn’t know it existed, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

Ida Red is far from perfect, but if you’re into crime/heists and some decent action, it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s movies like this that makes me like taking chances on movies. Usually, in these situations, the movie is a dud, but sometimes… you find something worth checking out.

Also, Frank Grillo dresses like a gay stripper Crocodile Dundee, so there’s that.

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