OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Red 2. Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hung Lea, Catherine Zeta Jones. Directed by Dean Parisot
There are some movies that garner a sequel and you ask yourself why. Either the first movie was perfection on its own, or it was terrible or, in the case of Red, it was highly entertaining and funny, but flawed and self- contained.
However, I'm pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong, because Red 2 is just as entertaining and funny as the first film.
Retired secret agent Frank Moses is doing his best to live a quiet life, settling down with his girlfriend Sarah, and marinating in domestic bliss.
However, that dream is put to rest when Frank's old friend/ nemesis Marvin (John Malkovich) shows up. After that, Frank's life gets a bit less domestic, and a bit more interesting. People are trying to kill him, his girlfriend is mad at him and there's a femme fatale from his past resurfacing.
All in all, it's a bad day for Frank.
Red 2 probably won't win any awards (although I think Helen Mirren should get one for Best Holder of Guns in an Action Movie) but it's entertaining, it's funny and the characters keep you engaged and interested, even as the story gets sillier and sillier.
There is, apparently, a Cold War weapon stored in the Kremlin that needs to be deactivated before it goes off.
So Frank, Marvin, Sarah and Victoria (Mirren) find themselves up to their necks in trying to save the world. Again.
They may be retired, but they're still extremely dangerous and it's just all kinds of fun.
It's definitely one I'd buy and watch over and over again. If only to see Mirren shooting people out of a fancy car on the motorway.
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