Soon after, Frank is being interrogated about something called Operation Nightshade and dodging a collection of villains, including assassin Victoria Winslow (Helen Mirren) and hired killer known as “The Da Vinci of Death” (Byung Hun Lee). Add to them a mad scientist (Anthony Hopkins) and the presence of Frank’s former lover (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and it’s a wonder how Frank, Sarah and Marvin can catch their breath.
The idea of seeing the likes of Willis, Parker, Malkovich, Mirren, and Morgan Freeman on the big screen together was enticing a couple of years ago. Now, it’s just a rehash, even with the notable additions of Zeta-Jones and Hopkins. The first time around, the viewer got the impression that the stars signed on because they thought it might be fun to shoot an actioner with each other; as a result, Red was an enjoyable and amusing effort. With Red 2, it just seems like the cast (even the newbies) agreed because of the paycheck; the result here is an overcrowded and thin attempt to milk more from the $200 million-worth of people worldwide that saw the first.
That’s not to say Red 2 doesn’t have its moments. Like its 2010 predecessor, it has a good sense of humor about it, courtesy of the screenplay by the brother team of Jon and Erich Hoebner (who adapted Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s graphic novel), as well as fine timing from much of the cast.
This sequel is directed by Dean Parisot (replacing Robert Schwentke), who knows what fans of the original want: both action sequences that won’t try too hard to push them to the edge of their seats and what the poster hypes: John McClane, the mother from Weeds, that bald fellow who uses Siri, and Queen Elizabeth II exchanging quips and gunfire.
Deleted Scenes (4:27): There are five short clips collected here featuring more Frank, Marvin and company.
Gag Reel (4:24) shows various cast members flubbing their lines and goofing around.