Red 2 (2013)
Now retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moss (Bruce Willis) is enjoying the quiet life when he is unwitting thrown into a world-wide controversy over a covert operation he was part of back during the Cold-War. Thanks to a leak, Frank has a price on his head and some of the best assassins in the world are now out to kill him. So he and the old gang, Marvin (John Malkovich) and MI6 agent Victoria (Helen Mirren), plus his new gal Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) are off for a world wind tour with the goal of retrieving a next-generation weapon of mass destruction. Consistently outgunned and outmanned, will their old skills be enough to save the world or will things end in disaster. Also starring Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough, David Thewlis, Garrick Hagon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Brain Cox, Philip Arditti, Mitchell Mullen.
Red 2 is an irreverent action comedy that will keep you on your toes with its twisted story and make you laugh even if it feels wrong. Like the original movie Red, the cast is the key to success here. Their quirky characters and combined charm just sweep you off your feet. Honestly the movie could be horrible and I would still like it because of them. My particular favorite is Helen Mirren’s character Victoria. It is so out-of-place for her to play a character like Victoria that you really just can’t help but love her for it. The surprise here was Hopkins as Bailey. Is he crazy? Is he just playing everyone? You still don’t know even at the end. I love that. This sequel doesn’t have near as much ass-kicking as the original, or really it is a different kind of ass kicking. That was a bit disappointing but not that a big a deal in the long run because it all finishes with a nice big bang. There was a more serious tone to this film than I expected. It was a bit out-of-place and slowed things down when as the audience you might prefer it to be moving at a faster action packed pace. And I could have done without the obsessive talk about the waning emotional relationship between Sarah and Frank although it did provide some of the entertainment. All in all as far as sequels go Red 2 succeeds where so many fail and it just really is a good time. Not sure if there is a 3rd on in the future but I wouldn’t be against it.
8/10 Stars – Laughed my booty off! Love to see these solid actors enjoying themselves in their out of the box roles.
When I heard that they were making a RED 2, I was like why??? I mean the whole group won’t be around because Morgan Freeman is gone and it’s not like the first movie was all the “buzz” to keep the story going… Well I’m glad they did! Not only is the story much better, but the quirkiness and fun antics return, this time including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins. Bruce Willis is more “out of his element” as the whiny baby trying to protected his “girl” all the while Sarah just wants to join in the action and John Malkovich is enabling her! I can’t really say that RED 2 changed anything from the first except add a better bad guy (or 2) to the mix and offers a better story. I also really liked the special effects seen at the end. Very pretty! All in all, don’t expect something spectacular but expect to have fun… just as the cast I’m sure did! One of the better films of 2013!
8/10 Stars – Just like the first, but this time with a better story and bad guy… I miss Morgan Freeman though!
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