If you liked the first movie, RED, then by god, you will absolutely love RED 2.
RED 2 has the old cast returning, reprising their roles yet again in a very fun and entertaining sequel.
Director Dean Parisot (Fun with Dick and Jane, Galaxy Quest) takes over the reigns of the franchise, and delivers a fresh new feel to the movie that doesn’t ignore the feel of the first one, while adding some extra fun and humor to this version.
The cast includes veteran RED cast Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, while we get some new faces in the action in the form of Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Neal McDonough.
In this new addition to the RED franchise, Frank Moses (Willis) is enjoying a normal life, of sorts. But his old pal, Marvin (Malkovich) shows up to warn him that new documentation has showed up on the web that makes Frank and Marvin out to be nuclear terrorists.
That’s never good, because now everyone but their brother are out to get them. Heck, even MI6 hired Victoria (Mirren) to kill Frank.
But there is so much more to the story than meets the eye… because as it turns out, there’s a real bomb out there and someone wants to use it.
During the film, there are quite a few action scenes. If you tire of constant action, this might wear you down a bit. But it’s fun action.
There are a few comedic constants throughout the film too.
One is Frank and Sarah (Parker). She keeps wanting to be a part of the action, Frank keeps trying to protect her. Marvin keeps enabling her. It’s a pretty funny series of interactions throughout the film.
Marvin himself is also a great set if comedic interludes, not too many, but just at the right times.
It’s a worthy and fun rental, that’s for sure.
I’d give RED 2 a popcorn 8. It’s a fun story, good twists, and great entertainment.