The first RED movie out in 2010 was a great if tame action movie coming off of a summer glut of crazy films like The Expendables and Machete. This RED film is in the middle of summer and helping to buoy a rather sagging summer by comparison short of super dumb films like Pacific Rim. It's a good thing too since this RED is even better then the first.
RED (Retired. Extremely. Dangerous) follows Frank Moses again played by Willis who is trying to settle back down into suburban life with his new gal Sarah (Mary Louise Parker) by fournishing a new home but along comes Franks paranoid pal Marvin (John Malkovich) to get him back into the killing game cause he thinks they all are being tracked. Marvin is right and when government goons descend upon them they are taken into custody by Jack played by Neal McDonough who is all smooth except when it comes to handling WIllis who easily escapes capture and the three friends globetrot to learn why they are now targets. Turns out that an old assignment that Willis was involved with years ago has come back to bite him in the form of a nuke smuggling assignment and the US has hired a not so friendly face in Han (Lee Beyung Hun) to assassinate Frank and MI6 has put Victoria (Hellen Mirren) in charge of taking care of Frank as well.
Both of the RED movies follow similar plots of our talented and aged heroes keeping up with they're contemporaries in similar games of cat and mouse, point and shoot games, outdoing them and moving on to new playing fields to escape unlikely odds in convenient but not completely unbelievable ways at the same time bantering around. Best of all, the bantering doesn't get tiring. Mary Louise Parker steals almost every scene shes in and just when her antics of wanting to live on Franks wilder action side start to grow weary, she completely wins back the audience in one scene where she gets info out of a captive. Whatever Mary leaves behind John Malkovich picks up with glee as the slightly less paranoid but still detatched Marvin and the price of admission alone is seeing him in the Carmen Fruit hat in the finale.
The story does seem to hop about so much that it's hard to keep track but the broad strokes get dropped enough that you aren't completely lost and there is enough action to pepper the story up when things do lull.
What is that bad? Neal McDonough's character who is trying to emulate the pro that Karl Urban was in the first movie comes off as a complete ass and not even that effective an agent. Catherine Zeta Jones as a Russian...........? Is simply vampy and weak and it's a role Famke Jansen could have played, still having sex appeal, closer to Willis's age range and able to at least fake a better accent then Jones does here and speaking of WIllis, is it just me or is it Willis is starting to burn out? Whether it's his character not taking kindly to Sarah's constant harping into his business during the movie or when he's actually doing his job, I don't think WIllis is enjoying himself here.
Maybe no one ASKED for a sequel to RED, but I'm glad one got made. I enjoyed the first one enough and this one does well as building on the existing characters and keeping it entertaining. When some people ask why do many sequels get made or if Hollywood is running out of ideas, I can at least say that I don't mind more of the same as long as it's good and RED 2 is good.
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