RED 2 Movie Review




Welcome to “Retired and Extremely Dangerous,” part two. RED2, as its known, is the obligatory sequel to the sly, laid-back pleasures of its cheerfully eccentric predecessor (RED, 2010). Wow! What a follow up! Its unbelievable how the likes of Bruce Willis (Frank Moses), John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, et al. are still primed for a few good chuckles as a gang of retired/semi-retired government assassins. They follow up by bringing us this globe-trotting action-comedy adventure that applies the tried and true “bigger-is-better” philosophy across the board, upping the stakes, the firepower and the travel budget, but keeping real thrills and laughs as a source of constant feed. 

Adding to the many thrills of this latest release, is Sir Anthony Hopkins, playing the bumbling British “mad scientist,” Edward Bailey, whom we see as a cross between an incarcerated Hannibal Lecter and an Albert Einstein scribbling quantum physics equations on the walls of his cage. Meanwhile, sexy Russian spy/femme fatale Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) isn’t just our hero’s old flame, she’s regarded as “Frank’s kryptonite.” This veteran dynamic-duo, along with a few other new-comers, brings a sorta’ edge to the storyline, such that the flick morphs beyond just being another wannabe “Oceans’ Eleven” movie and transforming it into being a very relevant, loosey-goosey, all-hands-on-deck type of international caper-comedy. Of the cast of newcomers, David Thewlis (Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film series) at least makes a brief, fierce impression as a shady assassin with expensive taste in wine, while the ever-compelling Byung-hun Lee (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) gets to show off his martial-arts prowess in the film’s best and purest fight scenes, with some impressively staged inside such places like a convenience store. The technical credits are sturdy and remarkable; filming on-location in places such as France and the U.K. These particular places seem to offer strong atmospheric factors to compliment the storyline as did Russia with comparable sequences. The undertone of romance between the various characters along with a blend of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005) added significant depth to each of the romantically involved characters – funny, loving and deadly, at the same time.  READ FULL REVIEW >>

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