Back when Red came out, I gushed over it’s a hilarity with the friend who recommended it. When I learned there would be a sequel, it was a good day. Fortunately, Red 2 does not disappoint.
Red 2 (2013) Film Review
Sarah (Mary Louise-Parker) is bored. It’s been too long since she, along with her boyfriend Frank (Bruce Willis) were on a high-stakes mission. Sarah’s taste of adventure outside of fiction inspires her, and now she wants more than weekend house projects. As a retired CIA officer, Frank saw his share of bad things but his attempts to live a normal life with Sarah don’t go well. Things get complicated when Frank’s friend and former partner Marvin (John Malkovich) reappears in their life. A classified list of names is on the Internet, Frank’s among them.
This prompts an Interpol investigation and Frank’s arrest. Naturally, Frank escapes custody, and after said escape, a price is placed on Frank’s head. More trouble arrives when MI6 also cashes in on the hit. Worse still, the assignment goes to Victoria (Helen Mirren), a former ally of Frank’s. The globe-trotting heroes again go on the run for their lives. But this time, there’s a ticking time bomb at the end.
FILM REVIEW | Red (2010)
Here’s a little story time. As we anxiously waited for the silly sponsor adds to end, my mom leaned over and said, “I think you are going to be the youngest person here.” This prompted a laugh from me because it’s true. Because of its cast, Red draws a different crowd than the apocalyptic crazy movies my peers express interest in. May I just say, it’s their loss. This movie and its predecessor is a hilarious good time in an outrageous kind of way. The script has moxie to be sure plus oh my, the cast!
What can go wrong with this line up? Between Bruce Willis’ calm, quiet, nonchalant (even in let’s-panic-because-we’re-about-to-die, dire near-death situations) Frank Moses to Malkovich’s crazy Marvin; and finally Helen Mirren’s machine-gun toting epic, there is never a dull moment. If you did see the prequel, in addition to all of the old faces, there is some new players in Red 2,and it makes the adventure more fun. The new faces include Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) plus Anthony Hopkins and Neal McDonough. This is only half of the reason this movie works this well.
Though it’s been done a million times before, the plot is excites. Best incentive is the return of the cast who drive the concept forward with savvy smarts and wit. While watching this, memories of the first movie assaulted me; all the small callouts to its original film makes the experience better. Sarah’s jealousy and Victoria’s sass adds character, and another priceless element is the honesty these characters have to each other. Red 2 is just good old-fashioned fun. I am not sure what else there is to say.
The stunts thrill – including a clever and funny chase sequence that involves a small VW car, a bike and a flashy sports car. Later on, we also see Victoria making use of her weapon arsenal, and in true stellar fashion, Mirren’s entrance doesn’t disappoint (the timing is impeccable). Somewhere between the gang stealing a plane and Sarah’s awkward attempts to compete with Katja, there is more excitement than any one person can gush over. One of the things that I love about this movie is all the globe-trotting. Watching as the adventure spans so many continents from adds more adventure and “betters” its first script nicely.
If you like Red, you’ll enjoy its equally entertaining sequel. I do think some of the first blush humor wears off because viewers already experienced meeting these unlikely super spies. That being said, filmmakers did it right getting back its principle cast and the comic book stills between the frames was cute, all of which endears this as one flick I’ll end up owning and enjoying repeats of – whether I am the target audience or not.
CONTENT: There are some cheeky references to an unmarried couple’s sex life [all minor], and the script has some profanity – one use of the f-word is present along with sh*t, h*ll, da*n and crudities like b*tch or a**. There’s a shot of a man naked [waist up]. There is explosions, some with deadly results – several people are shot and killed or are on the receiving end of a machine gun spray. Red 2 is PG13.