RED 2
Year:
2013
Country:
USA, France, Canada
Genre:
Crime, Thriller, Action, Comedy
IMDB rating:
6.7
Director:
Dean Parisot
Bruce Willis as Frank Moses
Paul Hopkins as Funeral Director
Denis Khoroshko as Russian Soldier
Lee Asquith-Coe as Security Detail Soldier
Wahab Sheikh as Iranian Clerk
Nathalie Buscombe as Assistant
David Thewlis as The Frog
Brian Cox as Ivan
Tim Pigott-Smith as Director Philips
John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs
Garrick Hagon as USA VIP
Mary-Louise Parker as Sarah Ross
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Miranda Wood
Helen Mirren as Victoria
Jong Kun Lee as Han's Father
Storyline: Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the ...
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Reviews
Bigger isn't better
Red 1 wasn't all that great and there was no need for a sequel, but as interminable franchises are back in fashion I guess we'll be seeing a bunch of these.

Red 2 returns with the cast from Red 1 (fortunately without Freeman) and a bunch of new characters- Anthony Hopkins, Zeta Jones, and a Cobra guy from GI Joe.

Willis and Parker witness the death of Malkovich but at the funeral Willis is taken in by the CIA. During interrogation a shady guy who works for another shady guy in a suit at the Pentagon, kills all the agents to get to Frank. Frank escapes with the help of Malkovich and finds out all intelligence agencies and freelance killers in the world are after him for his involved in a project called Nighshade which was about blowing up Moscow during the cold war with a powerful weapon made with red mercury. So the gang figures they're going to go after this weapon for some reason. That takes them to Paris, where they run into a Russian flame of Willis (Zeta Jones) and they learn about the guy (Hopkins) who made the bomb. He's in London so they go and break him out of a secure insane asylum and with him go to Moscow to get the weapon. But he's got some plans of his own and goes to the Iranian embassy for some reason and everyone else after him. Invariably the bomb's timer will start and they'll have to figure out how to stop it in time.

Red 2 is bigger in every aspect, longer, more convoluted, globe-spanning, more well-known actors, more unrealistic, sillier. We get a lot more, too many more, shots of Parker's mocking grin, Malkovich's confused look. And all of it is too much and pointless. They tried to make a big deal of the relationship between Parker and Willis and everyone out there is giving these two advice, except that, who cares? There is less violence though, I guess to placate the critics. Bodies pile up but there's no brutality as in part 1. The likable and familiar cast almost manage to make it work. At least they make it somewhat enjoyable.

Movies like these have potential, but if this series keeps getting bigger and crazier it's going to end up being even more ridiculous. Instead they should go for smaller and smarter.
2014-01-04
Expectations met, story ignored
Still in retirement Frank (Bruce Willis) tries to live as boring a life as possible with his young jubilant fiancée Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). Nonetheless the past never sleeps, the prior special op career as a highly trained assassin for the C.I.A. coming back with a vengeance. Paranoid associate Marvin (John Malkovich) tries to warn them of the imminent threat of blow-back, staging his own death to avoid capture by blowing his SUV on a supermarket parking lot. Soon after a wikileaks cable emerges, which reveals a dark secret of Project Nightshade, a supposed attempt to plant a nuclear bomb in Moscow by the CIA working in cohorts with the crazed genius Dr Bailey (Anthony Hopkins). Soon the CIA, MI6, KGB and a host of hired guns - including super-assassin Han Cho Bai (Byung-hun Lee) and vixen Russian agent Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) - are out to get Frank, an unknowing participant of the project. Their only other aide is legendary British killer Victoria (Helen Mirren).

A roller-coaster ride, that sidesteps a complex thought-out plotting, instead just throwing us into a ludicrous scenario, which serves a higher purpose: delivering uninhibited fun through the joyride vessel of witty banter and over-the-top characters focused around the immaculate trio of Willis, Mirren and Malkovich. Add to this a delightfully dark Hopkins, a voluptuous Zeta-Jones and a restrained Lee, the mix of gifted crazies bring in the chaos. All actors seem to be having immense fun doing the movie, taking a break from seriousness, immersing into their guises and seeing where it takes them. This is despite the ridiculous underpinnings of an intrigue that lacks in coherence, but makes up for that by creating wacky settings for the characters to play off of. All in all, the cast seemingly incessantly winking at the audience, continuously suggesting that they sit back and enjoy, don't over-analyse, just let it flow and accept the ride, much like people did back in the days with similarly idiotic setups in "Spies Like Us". More a comedy, than an action feature, it does however carry quite the spectacle with well-conceived car cases and Byung-hun Lee's fighting chops delivering an adrenaline rush all the same.

Yes, it's incredulous and logically strained beyond the wackiest conspiracy theories, but who wouldn't want to see Helen Mirren doing an impersonation of Helen Mirren playing Queen Elisabeth?
2013-11-24
Older bad-asses kicking butt is quite entertaining
Entertaining flick with old people kicking ass. Red came out of nowhere for me, I saw it, liked it. Then comes Red 2, I saw it, liked it. When comes Red 3!?

I love movies about agents, spies, mercenaries, assassins, anything really, who are the best. The best of the best. Who are over-the-top good. I love it. Like Taken, Jason Bourne, John Wick, Shoot 'Em Up, so called extreme action. Well, called so by me. (I realize there are tons of older action-movies too, but the term extreme action best describes this new wave of action movies) Action often helped by CGI, action that is not meant to be "realistic". (a word that should never really be used about movies)

Anyhow, Red 2 is a very entertaining action movie about a lot of people who are the best. The action is over-the-top, really cool. Awesome actors, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins. It's really cool to see them kicking ass.

So, let me say it as simple as this: if you like action for entertainments sake, you probably wont go wrong with this.

I hope we get another one, and that they up the action even more. Keep em coming.
2015-06-13
Not Worth Your Time
Every year there's always a parade of seemingly unnecessary sequels, the thing with Red 2 is that I thought that the first Red had a good enough concept with fun enough characters that it would be a blast to revisit them. Boy, was I wrong. Red 2 is just a boring movie that tries too hard. None of the action is real exciting, none of the jokes ever really work, and all of the actors just seem bored here. While Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren are all back as retired secret agents on the run, the film lacks the wit and charm of its predecessor. Not to mention the fact that the plot makes little to no sense, is bloated with too many underdeveloped characters, and therefore I just don't care. Honestly, this is the first movie in a long time that I seriously thought about leaving the theater after about midway through. The only shining light is Anthony Hopkins as a deranged mad scientist, other than that, Red 2 is a complete misfire.

I give Red 2 a 4 out of 10!
2013-08-09
The fun continues...
I thought the first film was a lot of fun and was pretty excited to see this one...I wasn't disappointed.

First off, the cast is great. Bruce Willis, for once in a long while, looks like he actually cares about the project and he is once again great with Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich. Helen Mirren continues to prove that there isn't a role she can't play and the new comers to the series, like Anthony Hopkins and Byung-hun Lee, are amazing and fun to watch. And Lee's fight scenes are just awesome! Like the last film, the movie is funny and the action is over-the-top and outrageous to watch. The movie is exactly how comic book adaptations/popcorn action films are meant to be...just a riot to watch!

Hi! My name is Rev. Ron and I love movies! So much so that I write a blog where I review whatever film I am watching at the time. You can read a more in-depth review of this film (and other films) at revronmovies.blogspot.com!
2013-11-22
"Red 2" is More of the Same Fun Action Hijinks
"Red 2" hits Blu-ray and DVD and begs the question, "Does it live up to its predecessor?" All of the gang from the original is back for more action hijinks minus Morgan Freeman and Karl Urban. While this sequel doesn't hold the same charm, it still makes for an entertaining diversion from the anxieties of real life as we're taken globe-trotting around the world for a couple of hours.

Ex-CIA Black Ops agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker) find themselves teaming up with their old friends to find a portable nuclear device that went missing. They soon discover they're in a race against time with other organizations wanting to get their hands on the deadly weapon. The adventures take them around the world in their dangerous search as they try to stay alive amongst the crossfire of friends and foes.

The audio and video transfers for "Red 2" are wonderful. The movie is presented in 1080p High-Definition (2.40:1). The picture is clean, vibrant, and easy on the eyes. The 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround drops viewers right into the thick of the action with plenty of explosions and gunfire to keep them alert.

Some might feel "Red 2" is a little light in the special features department. "The 'Red 2' Experience" takes audiences behind-the-scenes with an array of featurettes centered on the weapons, cast, and stunts in the movie. A gag reel and deleted scenes are the only other items included.

"Red 2" is rated PG-13 and with good reason. There's a lot of blood and violence as one would expect from an action/spy thrill-ride. Adult language is used as well. In a world of over-the-top R-rated action flicks, "Red 2" is really a rather tame good time for the mature members of your family.

I couldn't help thinking something was missing from "Red 2." It feels like a reunion with characters you came to love in the original. At the same time you still mourn the absence of Morgan Freeman and Karl Urban. Anthony Hopkins does a relatively good job filling their shoes with his charisma as the scientist who created the lost nuclear device. While it's technically more of the same that we got from the first film, "Red 2" has enough humor and energy to keep viewers interested.
2013-11-22
Great Fun
More of the same from the R.E.D team.

Loads of big stars playing for fun. Helen Mirren is a again a treat. Decent script, with a great ludicrous plot.

Despite the seniority of the stars (or because of it!), it still has top class action always tinted with a good dollop of humour.

One to sit down to with a beer or three and just have fun!
2017-10-28
That Old Gang Of Mine
There's nothing like a good franchise to keep the coffers full so just as Frank Moses is settling into domesticity he gets a call from the Front Office and before you can say, 'Cut, Print' there's Moses back in the rushes and in the centre of a caper that's even more outre' than the first RED with the 'team' supplemented by the Morrie and Dai duo from the 'Valleys' Catherine Zeta Jones and Anthony Hopkins. You don't want to know the plot and even if I told you you wouldn't believe me so suffice it to say that no one was harmed by credibility when shooting this picture and the good guys live to fight another day. Check your brain at the door and lay a king-size box of popcorn on your taste buds.
2016-12-17
Consistently Fun,
Red 2 is a good movie with a reasonably well developed storyline and a terrific cast. It's a lot of fun, simple as that, the whole cast seem to be enjoying themselves and because of that I had a fun time watching it, it's a lot funnier than the original, does not take itself as seriously, much lighter on character development. The story is very simple and straight forward, but a star studded cast that includes Bruce Willis, John Malcovich, Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins make this a very enjoyable two hours. I did feel the story was really lacking in depth, it just seems to move along piece by piece, no moment is really significant or gratifying for the audience, it never tried to make this sequel stand out on its own. I did not enjoy the love issues which erupt between Frank and Sarah as a result of Catherine Zeta-Jones' character, it all felt very forced and created an annoying persona for Mary Louise Parker, making her nowhere near as cool as or likable as she was in the original, she was a strong character then, here she is simply a love interest. It certainly has its flaws but Red 2 mostly makes up for it with its pure fun and optimistic cast, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good action or comedy.

A retired secret agent and his girlfriend get dragged in to a race to find a nuclear bomb.

Best Performance: Anthony Hopkins
2016-03-25
Excellent sequel
RED 2 definitely knows how to make a sequel. It keeps doing exactly what made the first film so great, it continues the storyline into a logical direction, the returning actors are just as good and the new ones fit right in.

What might make RED 2 even better than its predecessor is the fact that the story is much more interesting. I appreciated the first film for its actors and its humour, but wasn't too enthusiastic about its story, which I felt was just a basic shoot-em-up. RED 2 on the other hand takes full advantage of its action comedy premise and delivers us a good old-fashioned adventure, with Russians, Cold War threats, mad science and nuclear explosives. Classic elements given a humorous spin.

The humour and acting are once again topnotch. Obviously they used most of the best old people jokes in the first film, which is why this time the jokes revolve around the characters, which works wonderfully because this time we already know them. The actors are also at the top of their game and Anthony Hopkins is especially well-suited for his role. Though I must say that I do miss Morgan Freeman. A loose action adventure like this one could have handled bringing him back so it's a shame they didn't take advantage of it. Still, a minor issue.

Did you like RED? Then you're going to love its sequel. Hopefully they'll make it into a trilogy.
2014-05-23
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