RED 2 (2013) Movie Review
Released : July 19th, 2013
Reviewed : July 30th, 2013
Genre : Action
Story (from IMDB) : Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
RED 2 comes back with more than before but does it hold up to the first one?
The story follows Frank and Marvin who after finding out they are being blamed for a mission from years ago travel around the world to not only figure out what it was but to also save the day as always. Throughout their journey they learn more about what the mission was and also meet some old friends and enemies as well. Story wise the movie never gets too deep and always makes it clear what is going on. They always tell you about when a new character is introduced. Sadly as well they even go for more of a predictable ending too.
Thankfully the action is done well and often enough to keep you entertained. Though you have the standard gun fights, car chases, and hand to hand fights they are done well. The hand to hand fights are the best entertaining as usual for anymore though during the chases there are some great moments. Those moments are also the ones from the previews. Red was popular for it’s humor and that came back as well though not as frequent I think. Most of the humor comes from one or two characters with random one liners coming from the others every now and then.
What really makes the movie though is the cast. Bruce Willis is Frank, though he plays the same role that Bruce Willis always plays. He does drop a humerus one liner every now and then but he is the serious man of the film. John Malkovich as Marvin though is the best role. Malkovich plays a insane almost senile at moments maniac. He has the best jokes of the movie as well. Mary-Louise Parker as Sarah is decent but as usual with Mary-Louise Parker I feel like she is always playing the same role. She does have some stand out moments and jokes though. Byung-hun Lee as Han Cho Bai though delivers the best action scenes. Byung Hun for anyone that does not remember was also one of the standing roles from The Green Hornet. Anthony Hopkins as Bailey plays a great psycho at moments also falling back into a Hannibal Lector state at times. Helen Mirren as always is great as a the assassin who ends up going against her contract to kill them and instead helps. Lastly Catherine Zeta-Jones as Katja a nice addition and has some funny scenes with Mary-Louise Parker.
Overall it’s a fairly good sequel and while not adding too many new things other than the cast it still holds it’s own with most action movies out right now.