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About the Movie
Retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives to track down a missing nuclear device. This time, they must survive an army of ruthless assassins, terrorists, and power-crazed government officials all eager to own the portable nuke. Relying on their wits, cunning, and old-school skills, Moses and his team fight to save the planet once again in this high-octane sequel to the action hit RED.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 145
- Fresh: 63
- Rotten: 82
- Average Rating: 5.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Cars careen, lazily written infiltration plans are executed, and the violence is plentiful and toothless.
Fresh: The best thing about RED 2, like its predecessor, is its lightness of tone. Too many movies with comic-book roots come on too seriously, even when the comics themselves have a loose, fast, jocular wit about them.
Rotten: This is a likable, almost gentle comedy and also a violent action film about the possibility of a nuclear bomb going off in a major city.
Fresh: 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.
A DECENT BUT ULTIMATELY DERIVATIVE ACTION FLICK
Those "retired, extremely dangerous spies" are back for another action-filled adventure that practically mimics the 2010 original note for note. It can sometimes be very funny, but this plot never grabs hold to provide any actual suspense. And the cheesy relational subplots are just too ludicrous to register at all. We catch up with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), who's trying to live quietly with his girlfriend Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) when his best friend Marvin (John Malkovich) becomes the target of a car-bomb. Then Frank discovers that MI6 and the CIA have both hired top assassins to kill him: his unstoppable former colleague Victoria (Helen Mirren) and the ruthlessly inventive Han (Byung-hun Lee), respectively. So Frank, Sarah, and Marvin fly to Paris, where they run into seductive Russian agent Katya (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Next stop: London, to locate top scientist Bailey (Anthony Hopkins). And when they learn that all of this is about a rogue nuke, they head to Moscow to try to stop it. The story just zips along without getting too bogged down in consistent logic or details, so we understand that it's essentially irrelevant. The main idea is to string together scenes of still-feisty aging spies who take on each other, as well as various random villains. And the twist-filled screenplay is constantly shifting who the good and bad guys are, just so everybody can square off against the other actors at some point. All of this can be quite fun to watch, with buoyant energy and big-name stars who are evidently enjoying themselves. There are some laughs along the way, mainly in Malkovich's insanely absurd dialogue and Mirren's expressive one-liners, but still, most of the characters are pretty thankless. Parker tries to spark up the constantly dull Sarah by making her eager for danger, while Willis simply seems to be on cruise control in his typical "always-ready-for-action" lead role. But these are just franchise characters who can never be in real jeopardy. Bullets fly past them while big falls from buildings and helicopter crashes barely cause mild bruising. But hey, it's merely Hollywood magic, right? I guess what I'm trying to say is, even with some extreme violence, there isn't one moment of suspense. These spies mow down hundreds of faceless thugs, step over their bodies, and stab a few more on their way to another confrontation. The movie is an outrageous riot of ambushes, revelations, shootouts, and chases, but none of it really gets our adrenaline pumping because there are no stakes to play for. The only entertainment value here is in watching a giant cast of terrific actors play around and blow stuff up for a couple of hours. If that's enough for you, you'll probably enjoy it, but compared to its 2010 predecessor, it doesn't light a candle, at least not narratively. Overall, "Red 2" isn't the kind of must-see movie you should rave to your friends about, but if you're in the mood for some mindless fun, it's worth a watch.
The movie is funny I like the part in the kremlin when franks wife almost gets busted and at the funeral
A DISAPPOINTING SEQUEL
I'm a huge fan of the first Red, so I was pretty excited for Red 2. But this movie just felt lazy and overdone. I felt like Bruce Willis didn't give it his all and his character fell flat. What really bothered me with this film was Mary-Louise Parker. Her character really got on my nerves and annoyed me throughout the entire film. The action in the film was impressive and well done but it doesn't save the lazy script and bland performances. Not even Helen Mirren could save the film! I had high hopes for this film but it just didn't deliver.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2013
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