Red 2

Red 2

A genuinely funny revisitation of everybody’s favorite retired CIA agents.

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) managed to survive the events of “RED”, and getaway with the girl (Mary-Louise Parker), but that doesn’t mean they’re home-free. As an ex-CIA operative, his past will always be out to get him. Sure enough, soon after encountering Marvin (John Malkovich) in a local Costco, he realizes that the agency is out to get him for information regarding a covert mission they undertook during the cold war to plant a weapon of mass destruction in the heart of Russia. Code-named “Nightshade”, this device is still active, and now the internet has learned of it. The agency fears someone else might get their hands on it, and wants to erase any loose ends regarding its existence.

That includes Frank Moses.

So Moses and his girlfriend Sarah hit the road, aided by Marvin, while the CIA call out some heavy hitters to track him down and kill him, including Han (Lee Byung-hun) an ex Korean special forces agent who has a past with Moses, and Victoria (Helen Mirren) a deadly MI6 agent who’s worked with Moses many times. So Frank and his crew will have to keep on their toes as they investigate “Nightshade” and attempt to diffuse the situation. Further complicating things is the arrival of one of Frank’s exes (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a Russian counter-intelligence agent who’s out to obtain Nightshade for Mother Russia. Throughout it all, he has to worry about not only protecting Sarah, but also making sure that she doesn’t get involved in the shooting and killing herself!

Will Frank Moses be able to survive? Will he be able to protect his girlfriend?

“RED 2″ has one really strong attribute going for it that carries it all the way across the goal line in my opinion, and that’s a really great cast given really fun characters. As Frank Moses, over-protective boyfriend, Willis is more enthused than I recall seeing him in years. He’s given a great wingman in Malkovich’s spacey, burnt out Marvin… Malkovich steals every scene he’s in with his hysterical fried but wise persona. Helen Mirren shines again as the hyper-deadly Victoria, and we get supporting roles from Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins as a Russian agent out to help, and the scientist who created Nightshade in the first place, respectively.

Together they all play in a fun sandbox where the rules of physics and logic aren’t totally suspended, but are bent enough to allow for outrageous car chases, shootouts and espionage. It establishes a light-hearted, humorous tone that really works set against all the killing and spying. The plot is rather slight, but its enough to give the characters a stage to play on. This is an action comedy with the emphasis on comedy. Between the over the top action, Malkovich’s spacey Marvin, and Mirren’s prim and deadly Victoria it seemed as if there was always something going on to make the audience laugh.

Light-hearted and fun, “Red 2″ has an abundance of amusing moments and is sure to entertain.

B+

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34 thoughts on “Red 2

    • Well, if you weren’t a fan of the first one, I don’t know what I could recommend to you on this one. I liked them both, maybe I liked this one even a bit better, but they’re still both in the same vein. ;)

    • Streaming on iTunes? What’s up with that? Did they abandon a theatrical release plan for it altogether? Strange, I would have thought after the success of “Drive” they would have had a higher profile for this one…

      Meanwhile, not sure if I’ll be able to get around to it right now or not. I will soon though Im sure!

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  2. Great review. I liked this as much as the original. All the characters are quirky enough to get many laughs out of me. Can’t wait for the DVD to come out. This will definitely be in my collection.

    • Me too. I might even like this one better. I think there’s a little more emphasis on comedy with this one…

      I don’t know if I’ll be buying it to own, but I definitely enjoyed catching it in the theatre!

    • I’d have to rewatch the first one again, but right now I think I liked this one better. It was funnier, I believe… Still, both good. This franchise Is ten times more vibrant than “Die Hard” right now!

  3. The movie is hilarious, filled with some great lines. I loved the action sequences. They were watchable, you could follow what was happening to whom, and some of them were a ballet of motion. The plot was simple, straight forward, and just enough to hang the movie on. It could have been a little stronger. It anything, it was almost it’s only weakness. (I think that with the addition of Han and the Zeta-Jones character, there were a lot of characters and not enough back story.) I probably would have given it a slightly higher score.

    • Yeah I toyed with the idea of an A- for awhile, it’s probably closer to an A- than to a B, but in the end I settled where it landed. I think a lot of people are going to have trouble with the thin plot, you know? But still, for me, it was a lot of fun! :D

  4. The plot is just an excuse to do the same fun shtick again. Everyone is having a great time. There are silly CGI enhanced stunts but it is still entertaining.

  5. Hi, Fogs:

    Let’s see:

    Great actors, characters and writing.

    Always cool and smitten Frank Moses. Kept in his place by Mary-Louise Parker.

    Out to lunch, yet very capable John Malkovich as Marvin. With or without “The Pig”.

    Helen Mirren behind a sniper rifle, Ma Deuce, Heavy Barrel or H&K MP-5? Or just being Helen Mirren. What’s not to love!

    Bring on the Bad Guys!!!

    • Exactly. I had a blast with this movie, even though I wound up grading it out a little low. I hope this gang returns for a third installment, but I’m not sure the box office returns will allow for it. :(

  6. Right on Fogs! I love Malkovich’s Marvin even more here, he’s such an endearing nutcase and Parker is also a hoot to watch. That scene of the two together in a Citroen had me in stitches!

    • It’s true. And then that closing shot of him in the fruit headdress? LOL Oh my god, that slayed me :D

      Hoping he finds a way to reprise that role somehow, but I don’t think RED 3 will happen given the poor opening. :(

  7. This one was fun, but it’s missing a certain charm that was very much present in the first. Still, an enjoyable movie, even if I didn’t feel it was quite as good. Nice review, Fogs. :)

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