RED 2 hit theaters last Friday, July 19th 2013! Starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Dame Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Lee Byung-hun, this sequel is about retired CIA operatives who can’t seem to leave the life of espionage behind. Faced with a new adventure and mission, this unlikely group must work together yet again to track down a portable nuclear missile that is missing. Check out the latest review for RED 2 below:
“RED 2: An Action-Packed Sequel
Starring Bruce Willis as one-time CIA black-ops specialist Frank Moses,”Red”was charming in a smirky way befitting its lead character and violent in an absurd magazine-emptying, explosive fashion, also befitting its star. Based on the D.C. graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, “Red” was a sleeper surprise.
Ridiculously action-packed and just as endearing,”Red 2″is why we go to sequels despite our well-earned cynicism about studios churning them out. On their best day, sequels reunite characters we want to spend more time with, doing the things that made us like them in the first place in an engaging and fresh story.
At the start of this ride, Frank and wide-eyed civilian Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) are still together. Frank is committed to doing his domestic best, thereby keeping Sarah safe, when old friend Marvin (John Malkovich) tracks them down.
The CIA believes Marvin and Frank know something about a Cold War weapons project called Nightshade, a weapon of mass destruction a number of governments do not want to come to light and a few more want to get their hands on.
Pringles, an arms dealer named “the Frog” and a murderous U.S. official portrayed with icy arrogance by Neal McDonough all figure into the plot, which never comes off as throwaway. The on-screen chemistry of its characters (and their portrayers) is the draw.
Anthony Hopkins portrays Edward Bailey, the scientist MI-6 has in extreme lock-down. He may hold the key (and there are plenty of them throughout “Red 2″) to the Nightshade mystery.
Director Dean Parisot and returning screenwriters Eric and Jon Hoeber mix a lovely and absurd dose of relationship humor into headlong, nearly cartoon-like action and violence. Like the original film, this one takes pleasure in toying with the tension between the familiar (in this case keeping a relationship fresh) and the exotic (saving the world).
Malkovich’s mix of deadpan sweetness and lunacy is gradually pushing Marvin into the pantheon of indelible big-screen comedic characters.
Here he becomes chief relationship counselor. Although there’s no shortage of opinion when it comes to Frank and Sarah’s relationship. Frank wants to keep Sarah safe. Everyone else seems to recognize her desire to live a bit more dangerously.
Sarah is the character with the fullest arc. After all Frank, Victoria (Helen Mirren having her larky way with a character), Marvin and Ivan (Brian Cox) have lived full lives.
With one foot in the real world and a hankering for clandestine adventure, she’s our onscreen avatar. Parker plays her with a readiness to embrace her fella’s past. To a point.
Where that point is is among the film’s smartest ongoing jokes. And running into Frank’s old flame and nemesis Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) scares her more than being on the run.
Handsome South Korean star Byung Hun Lee brings fresh, appealing energy to the ensemble as Han, the “best contract killer in the world,” hired to off Frank and Marvin. Not only is he lethal, he bears a grudge.”
Click here to read the original review at Denver Post.
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