From Lionsgate: “In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.”
I really enjoyed the first RED that came out in 2010. Bruce Willis definitely seemed to be aging well in his action hero old age. So when the announcement that a second RED was coming out I was both excited and worried. Sequels rarely do well in the shadow of their predecessor but RED 2, definitely stands on its own, and I will even go so far as to say that it was BETTER than the first RED.
Since the movie was inspired by the comic book series, Red 2 definitely took on a more comic book appearance, with its transitions between locations and over the top explosions. When the crew flies all over the world, including locations from Paris to London and Moscow, then back again, to find a weapon of mass destruction, the sites are what we expect from a big budget film. Bruce Willis returns as the over protective former CIA agent, Frank Moses, who just wants to settle down and have a normal boring life with his action seeking girlfriend Sarah, played by Mary-Louise Parker. John Malkovich reprises his paranoid “Big-Brother is watching” character Martin, and provides us with many laugh out loud, entertaining and applauding moments. Helen Mirren as retired MI6 agent, Victoria, is a joy to watch with her no-nonsense badass style, and I can only hope that at her age I’m as agile and spot on with a gun as her character. Also returning to his role of Ivan is Brian Cox, who plays a Russian very well and warms my heart with the love story between him and Victoria. Rounding out the rest of the cast is Catherine Zeta-Jones as Katya, a Russian agent and ex-girlfriend of Frank’s, Byung Hun Lee, is very Bruce Lee-esk, as paid Korean assassin Han Cho Bai, Neil McDonough as the American CIA agent Gordon and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Bailey.
If you have seen the first RED movie, then you know what to expect of this one. There are plenty of flying bullets, car chases and explosive moments to keep up with the momentum of the movie. However, I think the movie would have survived without Zeta-Jones. I found it difficult to reconcile a Russian agent with a Welsh/British accent and I found her more of a distraction than a necessity. In addition, I think Hopkins could have used more screen time. His zany, over the top, asylum escapee character was hilarious and scary at the same time. Byung Hun Lee, is definitely making a name for himself as a martial arts action man, and I can’t wait to see what his future holds.
I definitely enjoyed this movie and have to say that it is a must see for the summer. It is filled with everything from awesome action sequences and explosions to laugh out loud moments. A theater full of people laughing and clapping at the same time is definitely something you want to be a part of. And Malkovich’s face while Parker is driving is something that every husband and boyfriend will identify with.