Red 2 Review

Red 2 (2013) Movie Retro Review by Darrin Gauthier 

RED 2

Director: Dean Parisot
Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

Plot:  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.

Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 43%   Audience 63%

Why I watched it: The cast and I actually enjoyed the first one.

Thoughts: Going in even though I enjoyed the first one I didn’t see any sane reason for a sequel, the first one was a fun all-star cast silly movie but it didn’t leave unanswered questions and really did leave anything open to sequel about.

What I liked: If you’re being kind this film can be called a romp, a silly time waster and if you’re not kind then it’s a mess.  I’ll be kind today this is for the most part a harmless film, the big selling point is the cast, lots and lots of names, granted some have very little to do but they’re on screen for our enjoyment.  I really liked John Malkovich in these movies and this one he goes further and he’s clearly having fun and just playing and he’s very funny and really he’s the only thing funny here.  I have a soft spot for Mary-Louise Parker she’s likeable and she’s cute here she’s those things but her character is paper thin.  I also liked Byung-Hun Lee he’s younger and he brings a different energy to the film and helps pick up the energy level. This is a fine popcorn film, it hurts that it’s a sequel cause really it comes off as a knock-off of the first one but it’s pleasant enough, the action is over the top and the film did make me smile a few times.

What I didn’t like: The running time, good lord why is this film almost two freaking hours, it drags badly in the middle and the pacing is pretty much off for the whole film. I’ve almost given up on Bruce Willis, does he have it written in his contract that he can’t enjoy himself while he’s earning a paycheque, I would call this sleep walking but that’s an insult to those that do that.  Almost everyone else knows what they’re in and seems to be giving it a go, just having a laugh at it look at Anthony Hopkins, I liked half his performance then he started playing to type and then he bored me.

All lot of the actors are wasted they have nothing to do and they do it.  Helen Mirren has nothing to do here but she’s Helen Mirren so I’ll leave her alone. The biggest weakness of the film besides the script is that the main villains are very weak, calling them stock villains doesn’t do it justice. Also the twist they throw in is so obvious you could call it by reading the credits, you see the name and go i bet they’ll turn out to be a bad guy and you would be write.  This is a harmless film but it doesn’t mean they could have put some more effort into it.

Final thoughts: It’s not ambitious enough to get me to hate it, it was just one of those “it was what it was” take it at face value and enjoy.

Rating: 5/10

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