RED 2 (2013)

Director: Dean Parisot

Writers: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber
(Based on characters of Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer)

Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough, Brian Cox...

Running time: 116 minutes

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): PG-13

Genres: Action/Comedy/Crime

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

***Possible spoiler alert***

Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is trying to settle down in domestic bliss with his girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) when Marvin (John Malkovich) turns up with an offer he thinks Frank shouldn't ignore. And before you know it, Frank is on a mission, albeit reluctantly, to recover a missing portable nuclear device and save his skin. He is very reluctant to bring Sarah along on this adventure but tag along, she does.

The objective in RED 2 is more fanciful, weaker, and less interesting than the problem presented in RED. There was also nothing really original in the must-find-the-nuclear-device-and-save-the-world theme that hasn't been done in other movies. The acting abilities of Anthony Hopkins were wasted. Same for actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (if you're one of those people who thinks she can act). As for the team, the team dynamics didn't work very well in this second go-around. There was very little intelligent humor and few laugh out loud or memorable moments. I can only recall two quips that I thought were up to the standard set in the first film, RED.

There are plot holes big enough to drive an 18-wheeler through. For one thing, if you're trying to recover a nuclear device, before it falls into "enemy" hands and is used against mankind, how is setting it off going to help anyone?

This film is okay, but just barely. If this were the first (RED), I doubt there would have been a sequel.

I've watched and thoroughly enjoyed RED numerous times (over a dozen times, at least) but I've no real interest in watching RED 2 again anytime soon, if ever.

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