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Review: RED 2

July 19, 2013


  • Starring: Bruce Willis (Die Hard), John Malkovich (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Mary-Louise Parker (RED) and more.
  • Directed by: Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest)
  • Synopsis: “In “RED 2,” the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses 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.
  • Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, action, some language and drug usage.
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I feel like this is the 8th or 9th “sequel” review I have written this year, and, with so many sequels comes the greater chance of disappointment and redundancy. DC comics’ RED hit theaters in 2010 and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the likes of Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and more run around proving that even in retirement, special agents such as they were still to be taken as “extremely dangerous.” The idea of a sequel appealed to me for the characters alone (John Malkovich’s eccentric Marvin being one of them).

Ready to RUN to RED2

Not directed by the first film’s director Robert Schwentke (who, ironically, directed this weekend’s OTHER wide release R.I.P.D.), RED 2 comes to audiences under the directon of Dean Parisot who brought the hilarious parody-of-sorts Galaxy Quest to the big screen. With the cast continuity of the returning characters (Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, John Malkovich) alongside newcomers Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones (all welcome additions) and more, RED 2 contains some fun comedic moments and remains a fun, however not-so necessary

Fun is the only word that comes to mind. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing slo-mo Helen Mirren dual-wielding guns in a super fast vehicle handling business, or John Malkovich pulling a massive gun on a guilty-til-proven-innocent bystander who just so happened to look at him the wrong way, or Mary-Louise Parker’s shy yet subtle approach to taking out the bad guys and joining the gunslinger lifestyle, or Bruce Willis trying to battle with bullets all the while trying to arrange a simple date for he and his girlfriend? I mean, see? It’s all the little fun elements of the first that are carried into this sequel sufficiently enough to keep the complaints of plot holes and predictability at bay.red2

The characters truly are the strength of this film. Even when the actual threat in the film seems lost amid the story, the characters keep you entertained as the cast truly seemed to enjoy every moment onscreen. If the cast had been comprised of different actors, I venture to say that I wouldn’t have even cared to watch it. Plenty of action, fun jokes, recurring elements from the first and new characters to enjoy, director Dean Parisot reaps the benefits of a well-produced first film and rides on its coattails with this sequel that could have been much better.Red2

It is not better than the first, but it passes in being entertaining. To quote a friend: “It’s no Lone Ranger!”

See it in theaters if Pacific Rim or Despicable Me 2 or something else exciting just isn’t playing in your area. If not then, whenever you catch it on tv it will be worth sitting on your couch to

My Score: out of 5 stars for RED 2 

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2013 2:18 pm

    Ugh. Nobody in the world was asking for a sequel to Red, and now I see why. Good review T.


    • July 25, 2013 11:22 pm

      haha. too funny, Dan! Thanks for reading and for the compliment


  2. July 20, 2013 2:15 pm

    Didn’t care for the first and don’t care for this 😀


    • July 25, 2013 11:23 pm

      Not even for Helen Mirren? Whaaaa?! 😀


      • July 26, 2013 7:10 am

        Not even for Mirren! 😀


  3. July 21, 2013 12:32 am

    I enjoyed the first one–and yes, mainly for the characters. And if this stays the same vein–then sure–I will check it out.

    And sad about the director–RIPD is getting panned–YIKES! Should’ve done this sequel.


    Great review! Later.


    • July 25, 2013 11:26 pm

      yep. he def should’ve done the sequel. hahaha. Thanks for the comment.


  4. July 21, 2013 9:47 am

    I thought the first film was just ok and I plan on checking out this unnecessary sequel when it is streaming for free.


    • July 25, 2013 11:27 pm

      I think that’s still fair. At least you’ll still give it a shot. Thanks for reading and commenting.


  5. July 23, 2013 10:26 am

    That gif of Mirren is amazing! I’ll see it alone for her.
    Nice review!


    • July 25, 2013 11:29 pm

      🙂 I LOVE that gif and had to use it. She is great in the film as she is in all her films. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping in


  6. July 24, 2013 10:51 pm

    Oh well. That sucks.


    • July 25, 2013 11:41 pm

      Yeah…just not up to par with the first. but that’s to be expected I think



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