|July 19, 2013|
|Based On The Comic Books By
|Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material
Just as ridiculously over-the-top as the first installment, “RED 2” sees all the main players return from the previous film and enter into another chase against their own government. Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker return as Frank Moses and Sarah Ross, left to their own devices, living an unexciting life until John Malkovich’s Marvin returns with some news that leads them on an international race against time, facing off with Helen Mirren, Neal McDonough, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Anthony Hopkins. The fun with “RED 2” is the multiple story-lines playing out at one time, allowing for one to forget certain threads, causing highlights when characters reemerge surprisingly and bring a suspenseful nature to the film, especially including Byung-hun Lee’s role as hitman, as he pops up unexpected on several occasions. The action is sub-par and doesn’t quite match that of the original film. The humor is also there but often lands flat, apart for some reoccurring jokes, like the stealing of Lee’s private jet and Marvin’s wacky nature. Everyone pulls off believable roles, save for Parker, who sticks out like a sore thumb through most of the film and does not quite match the dynamic that the rest of the characters share. With some standard twists and your run-of-the-mill action-comedy rigamarole, “RED 2” captures and holds attention but doesn’t offer anything more than another notch in the post of graphic novel turned films.