Title: Red 2 (Official Site)
Tag Line: The best never rest.
Release Date: 19 July 2013
Runtime: 116 min
Genres: Action | Comedy | Crime
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Theater (Screening)
Production Company: Summit Entertainment | DC Entertainment
Distributed By: Summit Entertainment
Director(s): Robert Schwentke
Writer(s): Jon Hoeber (screenplay),Erich Hoeber (screenplay), Warren Ellis (characters), Cully Hamner (characters)
Stars: Bruce Willis (Frank Moses), Mary-Louise Parker (Sarah Ross), John Malkovich (Marvin Boggs), Helen Mirren (Victoria), Brian Cox (Ivan Simonov), Anthony Hopkins (Baily), Byung-hun Lee (Han Cho Bai), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Katja), Neal McDonough (Jack Horton)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Red Series Order
Film 1: Red
Film 2: Red 2
I came a bit late to the awesome that was the movie Red but sometimes its better late than never and I’m just glad I took the plunge and watched it. Because if I hadn’t then I never would have gone to the screening for Red 2 and there would be this void in my heart at the lost as this movie was fabulous. Always with a sequel there is the fear that it won’t live up to the first. That it will become stale and cliche and that everyone and everything just tries to hard to replicate the magic and fail miserably. This was not the case with Red 2. Yes, there are action scenes that are similar to the first film and maybe even similar dialogue. But here, these only add to the film. They help make this movie better by bringing in the history of what came before and then expanding on it.
As with the first film I loved the dynamics of Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren. They are like a crazy, dysfunctional family and never failed to make me laugh. Parker and Malkivich really shined together and I loved their dialogue scenes. I also loved the addition of Byung-hun Lee to the cast as assassin Han. He was hot and wow does he know how to do all those crazy ass fight scenes well. If there is ever a third movie in this franchise I really hope to see more of him. The bigger disappointment was with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of hers and while she did well in this movie and meshed well with the group the thing I couldn’t get past was the fact that she was supposed to be Russian. Zeta-Jones might look Russian but her accent is anything but and she didn’t even try. So every time she spoke I just cringed a little especially if it happened after a reference was made to her being Russian.
As for the plot, I really liked how this story progressed. While crazy and over the top thanks to movie magic it all seemed plausible. With the exception of some plot holes towards the end. Normally, the writers explained really well what happened in the cut aways. In those moments where the critical thing happened and then its shown in flashbacks the how of it and you sit in the audience and go “Ah…yes…I should have seen that.” But here, I think they realized they had no explanation so they tried to rush over it and hope no one would notice that these characters got stuck in a black hole while those other characters someone managed to do the impossible.
But even with that plot gap I still loved the movie. I laughed, I cringed, and I came close to applauding a few times. The time in the theatre flew by and I wasn’t ready for this one to end. Red 2 is one of those movies that I know I am going to buy and then watch more times than is probably healthy. Its just that entertaining. Its not one that you want to miss in theatres and even if you haven’t seen the first one you can still watch and enjoy Red 2. The things that you need to know are explained and there isn’t a ton of reference to what happened in the first movie. Red 2 probably won’t win awards but it holds a lot of commercial appeal and its just plain fun. And sometimes we just need a fun, action filled movie to whisk us away for a bit.
My recommendation: You don’t want to miss this one in theatres!